In an interview with Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough that aired Wednesday, presidential candidate Rand Paul talked about criminal justice reform and how that will attract independent and more Democratic voters. Paul tied some of the War on Drug's disproportionate incarnation of African-American men on former President Bill Clinton, the husband of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
"The black men have been incarcerated, some of this started under Bill Clinton," Paul said. "They went too far under him and I think we ought to go back to saying, you know what, let's treat some drug problems as addiction problems and health problems and less as drug problems."
JOE SCARBOROUGH: Talk about the book. What do you say in here that would provide Republicans hope that for the first time in maybe 20, 30 years, if we nominate you, we're nominating somebody that actually can win independent and Democratic votes?
SEN. RAND PAUL: We talk a lot about criminal justice reform and how the War on Drugs has had a disproportionate impact on African-Americans. We talk about trying to change the laws to make it more fair. There is an author by the name of Michelle Alexander, and she has written a book called mass incarceration, The New Jim Crowe. We don't really have legalized discrimination anymore, we have a sort of a de facto segregation and de facto arresting of young black men. It's got to change.
In Ferguson, for every 100 black women, there are only 60 black men left. The black men have been incarcerated, some of this started under Bill Clinton. They went too far under him and I think we ought to go back to saying, you know what, let's treat some drug problems as addiction problems and health problems and less as drug problems.