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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soundoff (89 Responses)
  1. JD in Moraga, CA

    Yeah, the son of a 12-term congressman from Texas...that really sounds like someone who's bucking the system.

    May 19, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    Paul told Democrats to "bring it on."

    ha ha ha a ha h haha ha a ha –

    Cowboy mentality that got us into the Iraq war and ran us so far in debt for Bush/Cheney blood for oil that we'll never get out of debt. And we can't bring back the 4000+ who died for Bush/Cheney loud mouths.

    May 19, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  3. Marie MD

    rand, rand, rand, you miserable son of ron, you won an election with fewer votes than the Democratic candidate who didn't win received.
    This is just a primary. The real election is in November. Your ideas on social security and education are scary until you realize that you and your teabaggers "want your country back". Back as it was in the 1950s or maybe the 1850s iin your case.
    You almost sound like bush with your "bring it on" crapola. Once again shooting from the hip. The big bad macho man. Puke!!!
    It's 2010. Let's move forward. The past is done, the present is right here and the future is what we need to look forward to without the right wing nutsos trying to take over what has taken years to get rid of.

    May 19, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  4. Len (Colorado)

    Republicans are in trouble. Look at numbers folks. Only a little over 300,000 people voted in this primary. Check toe other primaries and the house vote in PA.....Democrats out numbered Republicans by almost a 2 to 1 margin!!!

    May 19, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  5. Andrew

    This man and the Teay Party are outrages!! "Take back our country" What the heck does that mean, they had the country for 8 years. Now they sound like its in the hands of criminals.

    May 19, 2010 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  6. Milton

    Just like Sarah Palin he repeatedly avoided directly answering some tough questions, instead spouting off shallow, bumper-sticker cliches. His understanding of the economy proves he never even took high school let alone college Econ 101. With politicians like these who needs enemies? ("We have seen the enemy, and he is us?")

    May 19, 2010 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I don't blame Paul for wanting to cut education because the average income of Kentuckians is $28,513/year which is clear they aren't interested in education. Paul belongs to a private club for the rich only because he has an educaton.

    May 19, 2010 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  8. Ramon

    Republicans can’t govern. If Republicans take over the house and senate all they are worry about is their gun and freedom that was so call takes away. Republican has no plan for Medicare, health care, social security and deficit Just bogus ideas. Let hand than the keys again

    May 19, 2010 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  9. Robert

    Being a swaggering, loudmouthed, inexperienced newbie candidate is easy. It's the governing part that's hard.

    By the way, why did this so-called champion of regular folks hold his election night party at his country club?! Is he a member of the Tea Party, or the Cocktail Party? He'll fit right in with the "elitists" in Washington.

    May 19, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "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?"

    Nice straw man. Nobody called a balanced budget an extreme idea...NOBODY. It's how you get there. Nobody would call "let's go visit grandma's house" an extreme idea either, but when you start talking about hang-gliding there from the moon you deserve the funny looks and snickers you get.

    May 19, 2010 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  11. Natty Dread

    Where in the Constitution does it mention term limits?? Logical reasoning, critical thinking and consistency are an anathema to right wing conservatives it seems.

    May 19, 2010 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  12. Willy Brown

    Tim Kaine & Barry; 0-4. Bring it on. I sooooo happy Little Timmy is helping Barry destroy the democrats within.

    May 19, 2010 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  13. Anti-Idiot

    Yes. Come to Kentucky Mr. Obama. A hot bed of anti Americanism and people as ignorant as you'll find in this country. Just what we need another No vote to everything. Where did all these defecits come from anyway? Obama couldn't have created them in his short term in office. Choices have to be made and not swept under the rug like the Republicans have been doing for years now. Maybe they are mistakes and maybe not, only time will tell but at least we are trying. What has your party done?

    May 19, 2010 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  14. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Yet in reality not even Republicans understand what Rand Paul and Ron Paul stand for. Abolishment of Dept of Education and the Fed may sound nice. However what about isolationist , anti-military industrial complex and anti-war viewpoints? That isn't going to sit well with the "real" Republican base. Yet alone with Democrat-leaning voters.

    Personally I think Rand and Ron have a lot of guts to stand up against the Republican big $ establishment and be so bold to call them out for poor decision to invade Iraq. Plus to be so bold to claim the military industrial complex is corrupt.

    May 19, 2010 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  15. harold

    What does Dr. Paul tell his un-insured patients?.. Get out of here can't help you... Now that is real Freedom huh?.. And his way out idea to abolish the americans Disability Law is far out also.. So what Tea you drinking ..?..As for budgets. the last time the republicans balanced the budget was 1930.. see historynet.com balanced budget 1930.. and that was during their Great Depression which they did nothing to help anyone except for soup lines.. and Paul is against Soup lines surely...? That would too big of a Government for him..

    May 19, 2010 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  16. Mountaineer

    Rand Paul is a wierd politician and if I were a citizen of Kentucky, I would fear the likes of anyone who was want to take away civil rights, Education Department, etc. What Rand Paul doesn't tell you is that our country is in the mess it's in because of the Republican Party and President Busheee!

    May 19, 2010 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  17. Kevin in Michigan

    Wow...a balanced budget an extreme idea?? I think I like his brand of extreme...I might just send him a few bucks for his campaign...Radical ideas like not spending money we don't have...that's fresh

    May 19, 2010 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  18. Mark, Phoenix

    If only Hayworth could beat McCain. Then a Democrat could have a calkwalk into a Senate seat. The more Teapartiers the better. it just means more albatrosses draped around the GOP's jowls.

    May 19, 2010 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  19. jbb

    The "bring it/em on" comment turns my stomach. Those are the words that Bush used regarding the conflict in Iraq, or whatever you want to call it (I call it a war) when we had 2 Grandson's there. Really makes you fell great when the President says "bring em on" when he can hide in a bunker in Omaha if there is trouble, but he sends volunteers to fight a war for WMD that were never found and says to the enemy "bring em on." Mr Paul if that is your attitude also then I don't think that you will last long in politics. I believe that the budget was balanced when Bush took office and he is the one who put this country in the deep hole that we're struggling to get out of and I only hope that with President Obama's help we'll get there.

    May 19, 2010 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  20. Washington has failed us

    If there is one thing this administration and its democrat lackeys know all about, it is being extreme.

    May 19, 2010 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  21. Turnabout is Fair Play

    You best stop barking little grasshopper lest you be squashed by PRESIDENT Obama like the little insect you are. A little scottish terrier barking like a bull mastiff..lol.

    May 19, 2010 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  22. is it just me

    rich kids think they are so cool

    May 19, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  23. Jason

    Is Rand Paul going to commit voter fraud during the general election like he did during the primary?

    May 19, 2010 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  24. If We Can Defeat Rand Paul It Will Be The Tea Party's Waterloo

    Guy's a nut-job; makes a perfect g.o.p. candidate

    May 19, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  25. Donnatella

    I really like Ron Paul, I was actually routing for his son, but now I'm not so thrilled with him, its bad enough he is down with the teabaggers, but now I hear he has all of these plans that are a little off the wall, plus he is showing his true racist colors. Rand you were on the right path with the limited government, ending wars, but being racist that is not something that makes people want to run to the voting booth.

    May 19, 2010 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
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