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. Uncle Sam

    Let's not get to big for your britches, Ranny. You only won Kentucky.
    Not enough to tell President Obama what to do.

    May 19, 2010 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  2. Obama the liar

    LOL-Tim Kaine is the extremeist loser.

    May 19, 2010 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  3. Cynthia - Arkansas

    The media gives this Tea Party stuff WAY too much attention. THEY ARE PEOPLE WHO ALREADY VOTE REPUBLICAN! What is being gained here?

    I hope the Democrats turn out in full force to stop these people! They don't even know what they stand for. They just listen to Fox Noise, which is nothing but made up lies. It's really sad to see that Americans have become to dumded down that they believe anything they hear.

    May 19, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  4. rdepontb

    Rand, please don't start turning into a twit. You have done us all proud so far; don't let the community victory go to your head now! We need you to stay genuine!

    May 19, 2010 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  5. Laverne

    This guy is getting a little cocky, I think he will find out real quick that when it comes to politics, things change instantly!

    May 19, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  6. Get A Grip

    Amen Rand Paul....."bring it on".

    May 19, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  7. Kentucky

    Is Michael Steele going to come to Kentucky and campaign for Rand Paul when Rand Paul is on video saying that he is against the parts of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that prevent private business from practicing segregation, and will not say that he would have voted for the Civil Rights Act of 1964? Will any Republican, other than Palin, campaign for man who does not support the Civil Rights of 1964?

    May 19, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  8. once upon a horse

    "be careful what you wish for" Mr. Paul. Just because you won a primary in a red state which will more than likely STAY red anyway doesn't mean you have the answer to all what we Americans are looking for. Be nice if you did though with all the trash talk, but your fellow GOP members have some issues as well and the very far right "Palin Tea Party" bunch are not that crazy about you being not as neo-conservative as they really want.

    May 19, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  9. Voice of Reason

    This guy only barely won the primary (not the actual election), in good ol' backwoods Kentucky – and he says 'Bring it on' to the President? He comes off sounding like some frat-boy at a house party. Dude – you are WAY out of your league...

    May 19, 2010 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  10. Lori

    I like Ron Paul, but his son is pretty creepy. He seems a little too cocky and that's one thing I can't stand. I voted for Ron Paul( when I was a moderate republican), but now, can't stand either party.

    May 19, 2010 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  11. tf

    Talk about an inflated ego and an overblown sense of self-importance.

    May 19, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  12. Nothing is too big to fail

    I'm glad that good politicians like Rand Paul and Ron Paul are winning. I hope McCain gets ousted next. We want different, more honest people in the leadership positions

    May 19, 2010 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  13. carl

    I am not sure what people like Mr.paul want, they say they want smaller gov, To me that means they like the idear that wall street can do as it pleases( no big gov to stop them)BP and big oil can do as they please (no big gov to stop them)big insurence can play games with coverage to support there bottom line (no big gov to stop them). All i hear from them is that we need to give the rich more tax brakes (they are already the least taxed rich of the industreal nations) this is suppose to create jobs,
    Bush gave them the biggest tax bracks in history and instead of createing
    jobs they sent tons of money to banks were they could avoid taxes.
    I would like people like Mr.paul to tell me how letteing the rich and power full do as they please is good for the average guy and if it is not good then who is going to make them play nice if not GOV, you know they can't stop them selves. no talking pionts please.

    May 19, 2010 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  14. ThinkAgain

    Rand Paul wants to turn our country into a Third-World, dog-eat-dog nation where those with money have and control everything and the rest of us can go to heck.

    Rand Paul totally lacks compassion and has absolutely no sense of community. He and his teabagger friends are incredibly naive about human nature, believing that a completely un-regulated market brings out the best in people, all evidence to the contrary.

    I'm believe the good people of Kentucky are a lot smarter than to fall for an idiot like Rand Paul.

    May 19, 2010 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  15. Jeff Spangler

    A new and equally ludicrous flake off the old man's Texan scalp.

    May 19, 2010 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  16. FRANK - LAS VEGAS

    While I' happy that you won, enjoy the spotlight and attention as it will end in November.

    Vote NO in NOvember to the party of NO.

    May 19, 2010 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  17. Chad from Tampa

    Obama is too much of a coward to go to Kentucky.

    May 19, 2010 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  18. Get Real

    Who cares about Kentucky? That state does not have great representation of people in more populous, diverse places of the country. Kentucky has a make-up of 93% white people. Rand Paul's win is nothing worth bragging. Besides, quotes like "Get Our Country Back" are ridiculous to hear. This country does not belong to a single party or people of the same mindset. Get Real.

    May 19, 2010 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  19. Steve Newman

    Why doesn't someone ask Paul what he thinks about MediCare?
    (He is against it.) How about Social Security? (Ditto.) How about the FDA (again, Ditto. He thinks the states can do the job. Like the job West Virginia did with the coalminers?) This guy is living in fantasy land.

    Steve Newman, Washington, DC

    May 19, 2010 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  20. JES

    Just make sure you listen to the people and one of the things were are saying is term limits no more than 8 years for anyone period.

    That doesn't mean you get a full retirement it means you served your country and the people in it not yourself.

    May 19, 2010 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  21. EBC

    Rand Paul said we're going to "take back our country". Gee, I didn't realize it was missing. I love how a bunch to "tea baggers" all of a sudden HATE everything about our government, until they NEED the very same government they claim to hate. If they HATE the United States Government, then they are free to LEAVE!!! NO one is forcing them to stay, to live in a country where you are free.

    May 19, 2010 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  22. MARKPAIN

    If we govern by the Constitution who would decide what the Constitution means? Does anyone remember the Supreme Court ruled that it`s okay to take citizens land to give to private business, that private business can give unlimited funds to candidates election campaigns, and the recent decision that you can be held in prison after your sentence has been served? I think Rand Paul and many others may be in for a rude awakening

    May 19, 2010 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  23. MAD MAX TEXAN

    Dr. Paul you are barking up the wrong tree. OBAMA does not have enough guts to come to Kentucky. He is too interested in getting all the Arabs across the Border while he can. AZ is the only state with guts enough to fight back. my state TX has already fallen to the Mexicans. We have way too many registerated voters here FOR Perry to cross. He is yellow dog Republican who will do nothing to keep him from being reelected. This is a sickening situation. The only thing to be done is for us True Americans to take up the cause of the Copnstitution and take back our country. "IN GOD WE DO TRUST".

    May 19, 2010 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  24. DENNA

    Ah yes, the Gestapo candidate. I'm guessing that if the Tea Party succeeds in picking all of the candidates, and they win, America won't be a good place for the rest of us anymore. They will have succeeded in 'taking back their country' from other Americans. Wow, if the Native Americans had been this strict with the European marauders, this country really would have been better off. Oh well, game on I guess.

    May 19, 2010 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  25. Kaley Trends

    Oh yes! The democrats are planning to announce a 'balanced budget' agenda too. The difference between the democrat budget and the republican budget will be the enormous tax burden placed on all Americans (even democrats, imagine that!) rather than reduce spending which will be the republican agenda to live within what we can reasonably collect from taxpayers and corporations.

    May 19, 2010 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
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