(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."