May 19th, 2010
05:14 PM ET
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Come to Kentucky, Rand Paul tells Obama


(CNN) – Fresh off his win in Kentucky's Republican Senate primary, Dr. Rand Paul is welcoming the attention from national Democrats that his insurgent, Tea Party-backed candidacy is generating.

Tim Kaine, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, took a shot at Paul during a press conference in Washington Wednesday.

Kaine said Paul "represents the most extreme elements of the Republican Party - a candidate who has vowed to abolish the Departments of Education and the Federal Reserve; who vows to oppose, oppose, oppose at a time when we need constructive solutions to the challenges we face."

Related: Paul celebrates his Tea Party-fueled win

Asked about Kaine's comments in an interview set to air on CNN's John King, USA, Paul told Democrats to "bring it on."

The Kentucky Senate hopeful told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King that he thought having a budget deficit in excess of $1 trillion was "an extreme idea."

"You know, the debt is spiraling out of control and I'm proposing things like a balanced budget and they think that's an extreme idea? What I tell to the national Democrats is bring it on and please, please, please bring President Obama to Kentucky. We would want him to come and campaign for my opponent [Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway]. In fact, we'll pay for his plane ticket if President Obama will come to Kentucky."

And Paul, the son of former Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, also weighed in Arizona's upcoming Republican Senate primary. In that race, Sen. John McCain, the GOP's recent standard bearer, is locked in a tough contest with former Rep. J. D. Hayworth, who is also enjoying support from the Tea Party movement.

Asked whether he has a preference in the McCain-Hayworth race, Paul left the door open to backing Hayworth in his effort to unseat McCain.

"I haven't looked at it closely enough to know yet, but I do know that I have some similarities with former Congressman Hayworth and we will look at the race," Paul told King.

In the wide-ranging interview, the Kentucky Republican also touched on his positions on a number of hot-button policy issues; on his belief in smaller, limited government governed by the express terms of the Constitution; on term limits; on similarities between himself and his father; and on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who backed Paul's primary opponent.

Watch the Paul interview on CNN's John King, USA Wednesday beginning at 7 p.m. ET.


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soundoff (89 Responses)
  1. charlie from the North

    Careful what you wish for. You will make it hard for regular GOPers to support you cause you are beyond the pale.

    May 19, 2010 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  2. bill

    Inasmuch as this idiot wants to abolish the Federal Reserve maybe
    he would also like to get rid of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. protecting his bank deposits–and let him go on his own without
    any government interfernce at all.

    May 19, 2010 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  3. art in kingwood

    Mr. Obama will answer no more questions. And he will not leave office even if defeated in 2012. And CNN and other Obamist lap dogs are primarily responsible.

    May 19, 2010 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  4. ib

    Kaine talking about extreme element; after 4yrs of having him gov. in Va. people in this state know who is extreme don't we Kaine??

    May 19, 2010 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  5. andy

    Tim Kaine, you are an enemy of the human race. Go to a warm place quick/;

    May 19, 2010 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  6. ED FL

    After the fact check stories come out about Paul's opposition to the government welfare going to the Kentucky and his Racial biases the population may have second thoughts about his Tea Party program to cut benefits that Kentucky recieves from Washington. their survival due to GOODIES from the government could stop. he might not be the shoo -in that the GOP HOPES he is.

    May 19, 2010 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  7. bennie new york

    The conservative platform, or rather that of the Tea Party, is to oppose everything. Kaine is dead-on. The only thing conservatives seem to support is imperialistic, world police foreign policy. Other than that, they oppose everything and offer no solutions of their own, as if there is no problem whatsoever. And that brings us to the ultimate problem with the Tea Party: their ranks are blind and uninformed and have had their fear manipulated by the corporate interests running the Tea Party and the conservative movement as a whole. This is the state of conservativism in the U.S.- blind, misled opposition.

    May 19, 2010 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  8. Hammerer

    Is Kaine campaigning for Paul? The voters oppose the Obama agenda and Kaine is telling the world that Paul will oppose, oppose, oppose the Obama regime's every bill. That is the start of the solutions that will turn America's government in the right direction.

    May 19, 2010 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  9. Ken, AZ

    Lets hear what this idiot has to say the day after he loses the general election in November. Just when you think they can't get any dumber.... well, after all, he was backed by Sarah Palin. Enough said.

    May 19, 2010 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  10. The Big J

    What a nut! Is this the wild west? Or the WWF.

    May 19, 2010 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  11. CaliforniaBC

    I think tea party members have overestimated their national influences. While they have impacts in far right leaning states like Kentucky, AZ, and Kansas and their primaries the candidates they put forth are just going to be TOO far to the right for independents to feel comfortable voting for. I mean if you have candidates who'll push for eliminating the Fed, the Department of Ed and stop subsidies for farmers, they are going to lose ALOT of support in the general election. Actually, I think it says quite a bit about a candidate's constituency who proposes getting rid of the Dept of education. "Can't be havin' uh edumacated populoos now can we?"

    May 19, 2010 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  12. mms55

    i can't wait for the dems. to go to ky. goodbye rand paul !

    May 19, 2010 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  13. vwrtb

    obama would make him look silly...

    May 19, 2010 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  14. jbakaregit

    You're talking a big game Mr. Paul considering you won only one primary. Your Democrat counterparts totalled more votes than you on top of that.

    Obama will indeed come to Kentucky, along with OFA (13 million voter database, MoveON.org, netroots, and other organizations) to swamp you just with organizers and ground game that took out the Clinton machine and GOP machine in 2008 to put Conway over the top 10 times over.

    May 19, 2010 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
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