I think Rand Paul is an exciting candidate. . . because he’s not saying things that people necessarily want to hear. He’s actually taking the lead to call the administration accountable on, for example, the drone attacks they wanted to wage on American citizens here at home. Unlike the Republican Party, he’s [also] taking the message to black Americans – and, I would say, all Americans. He understands. I’ve spoken with him personally. He said, “Look, I get it. . . We gotta grow the votes. We’re not doing that.” So he spoke to Howard University. I was able to attend that speech. I thought it was a great first step.

I thought Mia Love was an exciting candidate to watch when she ran for Congress in Utah. A predominantly white state and her district is white, and she’s a young black woman, a conservative, a mom. She’s going to run again; she’s already announced that. Again, she’s a great communicator. So is Rand Paul. They’re totally different. And I think Sarah Palin is a great communicator.

BUT PALIN IS ALSO A GREAT ALIENATOR, TOO, RIGHT? No. I don’t think she’s an alienator. I think it’s really funny that people call Sarah Palin “alienator,” but yet. . . Joe Biden. . . when he was on the campaign trail last year and he looked at an all black audience somewhere in Virginia — I think it was Danville — and. . . he said, “The Republican party. . . if you elect Mitt Romney, he’s gon’ put y’all back in chains.” As in “slave chains.”

So, as a woman who was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, who’s all too knowledgeable of the Civil War and what happened in the Southern states, I thought that was reprehensible. But somehow it’s OK. I don’t see people [responding to] Joe Biden’s comment, “He’s an alienator.”

IN A RECENT BLOG POST TITLED “THE GAY TAKEOVER OF AMERICA,” YOU WROTE “GAYS, WHO REPRESENT LESS THAN 3 percent OF OUR POPULATION, ARE TRYING TO DOMINATE OUR CULTURE AND SOCIETY. . . NOTICE WHEN ANYONE REJECTS THIS GAY AGENDA BASED ON RELIGIOUS BELIEFS OR PERSONAL VIEWS, THEY ARE CALLED BIGOTS OR MOCKED.” WOULD YOU INCLUDE RHODE ISLAND’S RECENT PASSAGE OF GAY MARRIAGE IN THAT “GAY TAKEOVER”? WOULD YOU SUPPORT REPEALING IT? I think it’s bigger than just gay marriage and I think the piece alludes to that. Somehow, now, if somebody talks about their distaste for gay marriage or gays forcing the Boy Scouts, which they did, to accept gay scouts —

WHICH YOU DON’T THINK SHOULD HAVE HAPPENED? No, I don’t. And also don’t think that we should have videos being shown to middle schoolers where they’re talking about sexuality. I know this has occurred in some public schools in the country, where they’re talking about, “Here’s what it’s like to be gay. . . . ” That shouldn’t be taught in the public school system. You have curriculum being affected by it. First, second, third, and fourth graders don’t need to be having these discussions from teachers and seeing videos in public schools, paid for by taxpayers, to talk about what it’s like to be gay. That’s the job of a parent.

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