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U.S. Sen. Rand Paul brought a message of inclusiveness to the birthplace of secession this week, telling a packed crowd at a fundraiser for U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-South Carolina) that the Republican Party must expand its ideological borders in order to survive.

“We have to find a way to bring these new people into the party,” the prospective presidential candidate said, referring to the growing nexus of fiscally conservative, socially moderate independents.

“I’m not talking about changing our principles,” Paul added.  “I’m not talking about changing our values.  I’m talking about changing the way we talk about them – and in some cases changing who we talk to.”

Paul wasn’t just referring to people of different ideologies, either … something Mulvaney alluded to in his remarks introducing the Senator.

“If we don’t talk to gays, blacks and atheists, someone else will,” Mulvaney said.  “And that someone else isn’t going to tell them what we really believe.”

During a question-and-answer session following the event, Paul was asked whether a GOP message of inclusiveness would ever be able to compete with the Democrats’ message of free money.

“The message has to be there’s no free lunch,” Paul said, arguing that free money ultimately places an affirmative obligation on taxpayers and reduces the purchasing power of all consumers.

“The value of your money shrinks,” Paul said.

Mulvaney chimed in on the question, too, saying “you’ve got to count on people’s ability to figure it out for themselves.”

Paul endorsed Mulvaney’s bid for a third term in the U.S. House, and nearly 400 supporters came out to Laurel Creek’s Magnolia Room – owned by S.C. Rep. Ralph Norman – to raise money for Mulvaney’s reelection.