November 2nd, 2010
10:14 PM ET
8 years ago

Rand Paul: "We've come to take our government back"

(CNN) - Senator-elect Rand Paul says he has a message from the people of Kentucky: "We've come to take our government back."

In his victory speech tonight, Paul –a Republican as well as a favorite of Tea Party activists across the nation - declared, "Tonight there's a Tea Party tidal wave."

Putting a special emphasis on the word "respectfully," Paul told the crowd he would "respectfully" ask the U.S. Senate to deliberate on why the American people are unhappy with what's going on in Washington: "The American people want to know why we have to balance our budget and they don't?" Paul also said he would "respectfully" ask the Senate to deliberate this issue: "Do we wish to live free or be enslaved by debt?"

"I have great confidence in the American system," said Paul, "We must believe in ourselves and not believe that somehow, some benevolent leader in a distant capital will take care of us, will save us from ourselves. We must once again believe in ourselves."

During a post-speech interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Senator-elect Paul said if he has his way, there will be a Tea Party caucus in the Senate, adding "That's one of the things I'll begin working on tomorrow morning."

Paul also said people who advocate letting the Bush tax cuts expire and going back to the higher tax rates of the Clinton years, "must be in favor of a second American Depression because if you raise taxes to that consequence, that's what will happen."

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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. vic nashville tn

    Americans didn’t buy what ever sold by republicans or democrats ( house republican and senate democrats) that mean need a term work

    November 2, 2010 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  2. IEK

    It's not your government, it's all of us. I don't really mind when people I disagree with win, but I have a problem with this idea that some how this country "belongs" to conservatives, and that they're the only "real" Americans.

    November 2, 2010 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  3. Jan

    We still have President Obama, thank goodness.

    November 2, 2010 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  4. cjr

    rand it never existed!

    November 2, 2010 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  5. GaryB

    Since Kentucy is one of those states that gets $1.50 in welfare and pork for every $1.00 they send to the federal government, I "respectfully" suggest that our first step towards balancing the budget should be to take Kentucky off of the federal trough. It's what they voted for.

    November 2, 2010 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  6. Lynn

    They never complete the sentence. Who do they want to take the government back FROM? It's my government too. He has a tremendous amount of gaul to imply the Democrats aren't as American as he is. The GOP wants to repeal Health Care for all Americans and throw the uninsurable's under the bus. Totally un-American bigots.

    November 2, 2010 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  7. Kelly

    Congratulations USA, you have voted the people that destroyed your economy back into power.

    November 2, 2010 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  8. Joe citizen abroad

    Great. So we've now traded the "party of no" for the "anger party." Another bunch of do-nothing complainers with no solutions. Some tidal wave. Smells more like raw sewage than tea.

    November 2, 2010 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  9. Bob Dole

    Take "your" government back from whom? The Tea Baggers like Paul represent only a minority of Americans. Two years later, it will be perfectly clear just how insane and backwards thinking these Tea Bagging "politicians" are.

    November 2, 2010 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  10. Mike

    Frankly, Mr. Paul, I'd rather we take out government forward.

    November 2, 2010 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  11. Mike in Texas

    O'Donnell lost. Coats is a former lobbyist. Rand took national money. Same old song and dance. Until the day special interest are out of politics the government will not be for the "people".

    November 2, 2010 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  12. republican

    the republicans have taken over the USA whether you like it or not

    November 2, 2010 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  13. desisbuddy

    Dr. Paul's acceptance speech said all one needed to know about him, and what will be a sorry service in Washington, D.C. Using the term "mankind," and referring to our country as "her" or "she" – what a disconnect from the 21st century!

    Tuesday, November 2 is the beginning of very dark days for the United States. Yes, Dr. Paul, it is not "America" – it is the United States of America. Referring to the U.S.A. as "America" is offensive to our friends of Canada, Mexico, the countries of Central and South America.

    So much for a progressive, inclusive representation in Congress!

    November 2, 2010 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  14. kelvin russell

    To all the american people who put the gop back in power you will reap what you soo and that it will be to late and you are going to ask why did you do this to us!

    November 2, 2010 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  15. Ryan Butler

    Hey Rand, focus on forming a coalition of senators who can do things for the average American rather than a Tea Party caucus. Right now we need action and not further division & polarization in our government.

    November 2, 2010 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  16. Bill

    You mean the Clinton years when the country had a huge financial surplus? Yeah, let's not go back to a system of taxes that worked and made the entire country without debt, not just the millionaires.

    November 2, 2010 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  17. ken

    I guess this means more jobs are going overseas, back to slave wages!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 2, 2010 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  18. Nelsobn

    They want it back so they can give it to their corporate masters.

    November 2, 2010 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  19. Jeff

    Oh hell, back to $5.00 gasoline.

    November 2, 2010 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  20. Tommy

    GOP loves America, but they hate 50% of the people they live here.
    " John stewart"

    November 2, 2010 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  21. t

    gop will ruin this country

    November 2, 2010 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  22. Jack

    Are you listening Democrats who voted for Teabaggers and Republicans out of spite?

    November 2, 2010 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  23. ethana2

    America is the result of the belief that the best way for twenty people who all want to go to different places in different ways to get where they want to be is to tie them all together at the waists and tell them to have at it.

    Unity can be a liability. If I want a democracy and my dad wants a theocracy and you want a republic, all we're going to be trying to do is morph our government into those forms, and not actually accomplish anything. Personally, if it hadn't been for the injustice of slavery, I would have favored the south being allowed to secede.

    November 2, 2010 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  24. t

    i guess the oil companies, banks, wall street, and international corporations will get the cream, and we don't get health care.

    November 2, 2010 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  25. John

    Take it back where? You guys had 8 years to do something "good" for the people. What were you waiting for? Now were supposed to believe you again? No thanks.

    November 2, 2010 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
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