"But the inclusiveness on display during Paul’s announcement soon grew complicated. Critics pointed out that Stephenson, the aforementioned pastor, said in 2010, “the greatest slave owner we’ve ever had is in Washington D.C. and it’s time to stop him.” After introducing Sen. Paul on Tuesday, Stephenson reportedly told members the press “In five years we’ll find out what [Obama’s] real religion is.”
Paul’s campaign has not commented publicly on Stephenson’s remarks.
All this raises an important question: Can Paul be an effective voice for diversifying his party?
When he was first running for U.S. Senate in Kentucky back in 2010, his campaign was nearly derailed during an interview with msnbc’s Rachel Maddow when he expressed ambivalence about the 1964 Civil Rights Act."