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Rand Paul speaking at LPAC 2011 in Reno, Nevada.
This is kind of a weird press release from Sen. Rand Paul:
"Tomorrow, July 2nd, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It is simply unimaginable to think what modern America would be like if not for the brave men and women who stood up for the rights of all Americans. This legislation changed the future of our nation by enforcing the belief that all men and women are created equal. We must continue to build an America that our children-of every race, creed and color-deserve," Sen. Paul said.
It's weird because just four years ago, he was trying to convince liberals why some of the key provisions of the Civil Rights Act were bad:
For example, right now, many states and many gun organizations are saying they have a right to carry a gun in a public restaurant because a public restaurant is not a private restaurant. Therefore, they have a right to carry their gun in there and that the restaurant has no right to have rules to their restaurant.

So, you see how this could be turned on many liberal observers who want to excoriate me on this. Then to be consistent, they'd have to say, oh, well, yes, absolutely, you've got your right to carry your gun anywhere because it's a public place.

I guess he's finally realized that argument wasn't likely to win him votes, anywhere, at least not votes he wasn't already guaranteed to get. But he made it nonetheless. And even after four years, he's still trying to clean up the damage—though as Dave Weigel notes, it's not like he's actually brought himself to say he'd have voted for it.

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