May 19th, 2010
05:14 PM ET
5 years ago

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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  1. AP in Illinois

    I agree with Rand Paul about the huge debt our country has. From now on I am calling it the "Ronald Reagan Deficit." Come on..everybody say it with me.

    May 19, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  2. dc

    Rand, don't count your chicken until they hatch. You just won a primary, not the state. Oh, yeah I been to you state and the only thing I like is the whiskey!

    May 19, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  3. Len Smith

    WINGNUT. Sure there is debt, there has been a lot of it and most of it started with Reagan, and continued under all the republican Presidents since. The only President to leave with a surplus was President Clinton and I am sure that President Obama will do all he can to help bring it under control. Remember, he did not cause what is happing now, he is fixing it. Bush helped with TARP, which has been a great success and the taxpayers are even making very good returns, and the stimulus should have been more, but it has helped this country greatly. Thank God I live in the greatest democracy, with the greatest government in the history of the world.

    May 19, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  4. Spencer

    The tea party is what I'd like to call a momentum party. They don't know what they represent, why the represent, or who they represent, just that they are being directed a certain way and will go it. In other words, they are tools.

    May 19, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  5. jeaneane

    Rand Paul is a product of all of us disillisioned republicians who have been screamimg sine 2007..."BRING THE GOP BACK TO ITS ROOTS!!"

    May 19, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  6. Bob of Lompoc

    "I haven't looked at it closely enough". He hasn't been paying attention to AZ politics? Is he a cave dweller? With all their attempts to show themselves "above" the normal political discourse, they are just like everyone else in politics – waiting to see which way the wind is blowing, so they can jump on the winning band wagon, and claim they are the reason for the victory of either candidate, whichever one wins. Phony to the tenth degree.

    He wants to abolish the Federal Reserve? And this will accomplish what for America? Another RightWingNut, that's all.

    He wants to abolish the Department of Education? In Fargospeak: Oh yaw! Republicans: They make wild statements, and never, ever think of the result of their actions.

    May 19, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  7. teena

    "bring it on"? is he reading the Bush play book?
    I think I heard that same comment before–so how about Dr. paul show a little bit of humility before he gets all high and mighty.

    May 19, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  8. WILLARD BULLOCK

    Paul is great than obama so he will keep face with obama

    May 19, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  9. NVa Native

    I remember the last time a simpleton Repub leader chanted "bring it on". Rand Paul and his father are not your typical military industrial complex loving Repub. In fact they are far from your classic pork-barrel loving "I'm right and that makes you wrong" neanderthal.
    The arrogance fits the mind set, but not wanting to tell the world how wrong it is and demanding servitude will not sit well with the true believers.

    Can't wait to see how the true leader (Jabba-da-butt) of the Repubs spins this?

    May 19, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  10. W.N. Sanabria, Escondido, CA

    I noticed that the two Democratic candidates each received about 50% more votes than Dr. Paul. In other words, he received about 20% of all votes cast. [For the record, that's about the approval level for Bush as he left office.] If this is an example of a national trend it certainly seems underwhelming. Despite all the media hype, and in a definitely red state, the so-called Tea Party Movement is just another mob of angry white people flailing at imaginary windmils.

    May 19, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  11. JonDie

    "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? "

    Clinton balanced the federal budget; Rand Paul's mentor George W. Bush destroyed it and ran up massive deficits while helping corporations steal hundreds of billions via Bush's illegal war in Iraq.

    And since Rand Paul believes that the federal government is evil and should be drastically downsized, who will regulated the Wall Street bankers who stole us blind? Under the Paul plan, no one.

    And who will regulate the oil companies that even as they reek havoc on the environment will once again post record profits and pay out record bonuses? Under the Paul plan, no one.

    The Tea Party is made up of 18th century troglodytes who will lead the country into anarchy.

    May 19, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  12. Jason King

    I am trying figure out how candidates supported by the Tea Party are suppossed to appeal to moderates and independant voters. These candidates mostly appeal to far-right rhetoric that might appease far right republicans...er...I mean independant Tea Party people, but their appeal is broader than then appealing to a very vocal (some would say obnoxiously loud) minority of people who are sad that they lost an election.

    May 19, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  13. carlos

    let us keep ALL doctors away from DC, remember FRIST????? AND that COBURN is a.....well, no comment on those repulsive doctors....

    May 19, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  14. Jan

    Is he suggesting that President Obama ran up all the amount which is the deficit since Jan 2009?

    Come on. How can we tell our children about honest and not to lie when all we get from our so-called leaders are half-truths

    May 19, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  15. Pea Tarty

    You know, the debt (Republicans Created) is spiraling out of control

    You know blacks can go golfing now.

    FORE, watchout I win, party at the club for all the wities

    May 19, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  16. Peter E

    Newsflash to younger Paul: your party doesn't even listen to your own father! When republicans were in power for the past decade they too vastly expanded the powers of the federal government and hugely increased the deficit. Do you really naively believe that if republicans help you get elected it's because they actually want to listen to you? It didn't happen for your father, it won't happen to you! Wake up! The GOP is just using you, just like the rest of the Tea Party movement!

    May 19, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  17. aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob

    Obozo does not have the guts to go to Kentucky. We in Tennessee can see how he ignores us with our floods, while he shed all these faky tears for New Orleans and accused the Bush administration of incompetence. The slimy, corrupt union toady has not even offered us a word of sympathy.

    May 19, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  18. xm left

    Another Arrogant Inflated Tea Bag Republican

    May 19, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  19. Doug DC

    "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."

    Wow! I already knew that Paul was a fool, but now I see that he is an arrogant SOB as well. I hope that arrogance comes through during the campaign, and that the people of KY wake up to the fact that it is not Kentucky that Paul is concerned about. He is concerned about his crackpot policies that will never become law. His views and interpretation of the Constitution are indeed fringe. It may be amusing to have Ron Paul as a crackpot in the House of Representatives, where he is a bit of a court jester, but given the senate's rules; a Rand Paul in the Senate could be disaster.

    May 19, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  20. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Yes, I'm sure the few billions we would save by abolishing the Dept. of Education would more than make up for the trillions in debt we accured due to the last decade's misguided policies of a wasteful war, taxcuts for the uber-rich who didn't need them, and extreme de-regulation as well as handouts to wall street and banks that ended up causing the biggest economic crisis (and hence further deficit) since the Great Depression.
    At least your father had the guts to argue with his own party! I doubt you have such guts!

    May 19, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  21. Jim

    Oh, Please; "Bring it on".

    He thought he had died. Maybe I just hoped it.

    May 19, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  22. TTBALA

    Rand Paul,You are already sounding like GW, shame on you, you are supposed to be a young educated person, you should know whan to open your mouth what should come out of it unlike GW he never knew what he was saying, thats why he kept on saying bring it on the terorists, I hope you loose so bad that you and your hypocrite, racist stupid tea partiers go back to the hole you came from, and to think I was really paying attention to what you were saying beore TODAY.

    May 19, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  23. Rick McDaniel

    It is time for extreme changes in Washington.

    May 19, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  24. normajean

    The phrase "bring it on" has been used several times in the last two years and turned out to be not in the best interests of the one saying it , so I think anyone fairly new on the major political scene should not be so "flip" with his comments and remember that the apparent arrogance is not a way to win friends and influence voters.

    May 19, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  25. Sgt. USMC

    Calling the President out to come to Kentucky? Are you trying to make a name for yourself since your daddy can only get you so far? Please man, you ARE and extremist. You have no self control and will do anything to get your MOB of tea people shouting and screaming for you. Get over yourself, the way you act towards our current administration is the way everyone else will act towards any republican Presidential administration if there EVER is to be one again.

    May 19, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
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