May 18th, 2010
09:06 PM ET
8 years ago

DeMint: Paul's victory 'part of an American awakening'

(CNN) - Sen. Jim DeMint released a statement on Tuesday, following Rand Paul's victory in the Kentucky Republican Senate primary.

(Read the full statement after the jump.)

"I want to congratulate Rand Paul on this important victory tonight," said Senator DeMint. "His message of less spending and less debt is resonating with voters across Kentucky. He's building a winning coalition of conservatives, independents, and frustrated Democrats who believe in limited government, a strong national defense, and traditional values.

"The Washington establishment threw everything they had at him and yet he prevailed. Rand's victory is part of an American awakening that is taking place across the country as people embrace the principles of freedom that are the backbone of our country. It shows that Americans want strong leaders who will stand up to the massive spending, bailouts, and debt in Washington that are bankrupting our country."

Filed under: 2010 • Jim DeMint • Kentucky • Trey Grayson
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Larry

    Relax DeMint, it's Kentucky.

    Everyone knows there's no intelligence there.

    May 18, 2010 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  2. Larry

    Dream on ....

    The American people woke up during the 8 disgusting years that Bush was in office

    Paul winning simply indicates that the 30 percent of Americans that still believe there is hope within the Republican party can not yet figure out which one of them lies better

    May 18, 2010 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  3. art in kingwood

    Appears CNN will have to redouble its efforts if Obama is to maintain power.

    May 18, 2010 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Not so quick Mr. DeMint you nor Paul speak for all Americans. Self serving ambition will clean your clock.

    May 18, 2010 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  5. GI Joe

    Demented, the Purifier, can't wait to get his corrupt hands on Rand Paul and make him a putrified grand obstruction party member in good standing.

    That should be interesting. ha ha ha ha a ha ha ha ha

    May 18, 2010 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  6. WHAT

    Now it's time to wake up South Carolina and get him out of there.

    May 18, 2010 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  7. Christy

    You go ahead and take your country back. We will make sure you give it back to us in 2012. Oh and cut your medicare.

    May 18, 2010 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  8. ConstitutionalPatriot

    Jim DeMint is a great guy! Keep fighting for the Constitution and the rights of the working class to be free from any further liberal theft!

    May 18, 2010 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  9. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC

    The best thing Jim DeMint could do for the GOP would be to leave it, take all the self-righteous neo-cons with him, and let the Party get back to being what it's supposed to be, fiscally conservative, respectful of individual rights, and respectful of the sovereignty of other nations.

    May 18, 2010 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  10. Marge

    Can't help but wonder how come the republicans are jumping up and down about a Paul win. The second democrat got more votes in his race than Paul did in his...hmmmmmmmmmmmm And by the way it it OUR COUNTRY ALSO AND WE STOOD EIGHT YEARS OF A MESS THAT BUSH AND REPUBLICANS MADE. So they will have a Hades style fight on their hands to come any where near winning enough seats. YOU SURE CAN BET ON THAT.

    May 18, 2010 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  11. Rafael

    This is great new for our country!

    May 18, 2010 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  12. 60s survivor

    such a blow hard. live in sc. and do not like this politician. he leaves a bad taste in my ears.

    May 18, 2010 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |

    DEMINT who listens to you. Do you not understand that the Tea Party and the Republicans are one and the sme. When it becomes election time we will vote to get the most popular and smartest man into the Whitehouse, A REPUBLICAN. Eventually the Tea Party will consume. and overcome all obstacles as to the goups that do not know wheather their Americans or not. They want to be called something else Americans. That makes them on the outside looking in. Ignorance is bliss.

    May 18, 2010 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  14. ThinkAgain

    Rand Paul, like his father, is a self-centered and incredibly naive, someone who thinks that completely unregulated markets and unfettered greed bring out the best in people.

    He values money over everything else. If you weren't born into privilege and opportunity, tough! If you don't have health care – even though you and your wife work 40 hours or more a week – suffer!

    "I've got mine – to heck with you" is his mantra.

    I hope he gets his fanny handed to him in November!

    May 18, 2010 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  15. Harry

    I love it when Republicans say liberalism is a mental disorder. Why? Because it shows how crazy they really are! Think about it this way. America is only 1 nation among 195 total Countries worldwide. 90% of these countries are by our definition liberal. This means that the majority of human beings worldwide are liberal thinking human beings. By definition this would make the conservatives of the world in the minority and also by definition the ones with the disorder. I mean it is only a disorder when it is not normal. And by faaaaaar the normal in the world is liberalism. Yay! Go away nutcases!

    May 18, 2010 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  16. Captain Crunch

    Which would be dramatically increased with DeMint's loss and retirement!

    May 19, 2010 01:00 am at 1:00 am |