Sen. Jack Johnson, Sen. Rand Paul, Congressman Marsha Blackburn
Rep. Marsha Blackburn
FRANKLIN, Tenn. -
State Senator Jack Johnson, of Franklin, held the 7th annual Boots and Jeans, BBQ and Beans fundraiser Sunday.
Hundreds of people paid $50 to attend the event at The Factory at Franklin, which benefits Senator Johnson and his 2014 re-election bid.
Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul, of Kentucky, was the headlining speaker at the event.
Senator Paul spoke of ways to grow and strengthen the Republican Party ahead of the 2016 presidential election.
"New England, the West Coast, Illinois, we need to figure out how to win in those states," Paul stated, "and until we get more inclusive, until we get more African American votes, more Latino votes, more women's votes, more youth's votes, we have to do all of that."
Senator Paul also responded to criticism from fellow Republicans regarding comments that his stance on national security does more harm than good.
He said, "The people who want to criticize me and call me names, they are precisely the same people who are unwilling to cut the spending. And they are 'Gimme, gimme, gimme all my Sandy money now.' Those are the people who are bankrupting the government and not allowing enough money be left over for national defense."
Paul was referring to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New York Congressman Peter King.