Howard University students press Rand Paul on capital punishment, role of government

04/10/2013 03:36 PM

As part of his ongoing national tour aimed broadening his appeal and that of the GOP, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul fielded some tough questions from Howard University students.

Paul spoke to students at one of the nation’s oldest historically black colleges about the history of the relationship between the Republican party and African American voters as well as issues of drug policies, unemployment and more.

One student disputed Paul’s view on limited government and asked if the senator has a solution for issues of American values:

One student, who said he served as an intern at the White House, also asked whether Republicans were trying to make it more difficult for African Americans to vote — especially those who live in urban areas and don’t need to drive — by requiring voters to show photo IDs at the polls:

Paul also received a question on an issue that he has not been quite as vocal about, capital punishment:

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