Paul: Should the Tea Party compromise?
February 2nd, 2011
12:02 PM ET
4 years ago

Paul: Should the Tea Party compromise?

Washington (CNN) - During his first speech on the Senate floor, Tea Party champion Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, brought up what may be a dirty word for some of his constituents: compromise.

"Many ask will the Tea Party compromise? Will the Tea Party work with others to find a solution?" the senator asked in a speech that was part history lesson and part Socratic inquiry.

Paul explained his Senate desk was once occupied by Henry Clay, a former Kentucky senator and secretary of state known as the "Great Compromiser." But in his speech, Paul questioned whether the compromises Clay made on slavery proved it was more important to firmly support what is right than to try to find common ground.

Instead, Paul pointed to Clay's cousin Cassius, a fierce abolitionist and fiery character who refused to budge on the issue of slavery.

"Now, today we have no issues, no moral issues that have equivalency with the issue of slavery. Yet we do face a fiscal nightmare, potentially a debt crisis in our country," he said. "Should we compromise by raising taxes and cutting spending as the debt commission proposes?"

The answer?

"Of course there must be dialogue and ultimately compromise, but the compromise must occur on where we cut spending," Paul said.


Filed under: Congress • Rand Paul • Tea Party movement
soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. jnapoli@hansonbridgett.com

    This guy is a total light weight. And has offerd no proposal on what should be cut. He does not know because he is long on campaign slogans and bankrupt on meaningful solutions.

    February 2, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  2. mike

    It just goes to show that even rand paul got what he wanted now he is back peddling on the tea party SUCKERS TO SAY THE LEASE

    February 2, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  3. Video Guy

    How many more years before his state can bring him back home?

    February 2, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  4. GOP = Greed Over People

    All those words just to say the answer is "HELL NO"?

    Paul is now speaking in Palinese!

    February 2, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  5. Pretzel Logic

    "Of course there must be dialogue and ultimately compromise, but the compromise must occur on where we cut spending," IN other words "compromise" means "do it our way or else". Typical garbage. Can't wait for the Tea Party to disappear like the Know Nothings and the Whigs.

    February 2, 2011 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  6. informed voter

    Should the Tea Party act like adults? Yes. Should they acknowledge that many hard working, tax paying, patriotic Americans disagree with their political positions? Yes. Should they embrace the differences in the electorate and realize those differences is what makes our union stronger? Yes. Do I think the Tea Party will grow and learn these things? No.

    February 2, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  7. Darth Vadik, CA

    Compromise for what? Tea Party is irrelevant on the national stage, they cause havoc amongst the Republicans, but on a national level they are a non-entity...

    ...oh they'll win a seat or two in Kansas or Tennessee, but aside from that, blah blah blah remember Delaware, or Nevada, or even Alaska, LOL....NON-ENTITY

    February 2, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  8. Jim Foster

    I feel the only compromise to be made that will benefit the country is to abolish the lobbyist for the banks, that control too much of the political system we adhere and live by. The fall of the u.s. will be because of the buying of our democracy. The grave situation we are in will not be solved by any political party but by a revolutionary take back of our coumtry for the people and by the people.

    February 2, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  9. Floyd

    Paul: "give me everything i want, it's called compromise"

    February 2, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  10. PacificView

    He sounds like a spoiled child to me. Leaders solve problems, they don't act like robots.

    February 2, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  11. diridi

    Tea Party and GOP are both the problem to the nation....o.k....now.

    February 2, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  12. al in memphis

    Is this code for saying cut spending on the working class, educational investment, poor, while leaving in place the piggy bank programs for the wealthy companies. How long will we play the political games, you either cut all spending to zero and pay off the debt or you do a measure approach of dramatically cutting spending while gradually raise revenue (taxes)

    February 2, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  13. The Other Dale

    And once again, the state of kentucky apologies for who we sent to Washington. Said absolutely nothing there, and his proposal to slash spending was so out of control that everyone has already forgotten about it.

    February 2, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    ""Of course there must be dialogue and ultimately compromise, but the compromise must occur on where we cut spending,"

    Translation: "No, we're not going to compromise. We're going to argue that "compromise" is defined by everyone doing what we want, i.e., cutting spending without raising taxes, after having had the opportunity to argue that they want something else as well. We simply can't admit that the decade+ of tax cuts that the GOP made the middle-class give to the wealthy is not good policy...what would our donors/masters think? Anyway, it's not actual movement towards common ground that constitutes "compromise"..."compromise" is really just pretending to listen to the other side while throwing a well-funded, shadow-organized, ideological astroturf sh-tfit in hopes of getting things done 100% your way."

    February 2, 2011 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  15. Former Republican, but never again!

    I'll compromise as long as I get what I want! What a bunch of cry babies!

    February 2, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  16. PalmReader

    I seriously doubt that any man who is as full of himself as Rand Paul is could compromise even the smallest of details.

    February 2, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  17. vic nashville tn

    We have to cut spending but we don’t know where to cut
    Voice of tea party

    February 2, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  18. John D.

    There should be no compromise at all! That is what the moronic left wants. They have been destroying this country every time they get into power creating one disaster after another. It is time for Republicans and the Tea Party to stand tall and take America back to the great Nation it once was instead of the laughing stock odumbo has turned us into!

    February 2, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  19. GI Joe

    Tea Party reminds me of the paid thugs that are stirring up trouble in Egypt now. The tea baggers are paid by Dick Army, the Koch Brothers, Cheney's group, and other scabs.

    February 2, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  20. Marko

    Keep an eye out for Mr Rand Paul you will see what a freak'n NUT he is!!!!!!!!

    February 2, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  21. GL

    I just want to know why the Tea Bagger Republicans continue to invoke slavery into their dialog as if slavery was something we need to be reminder of. Slavery can guest you Tea Bagger don't know was a very bad time for blacks in this country. I guest if you are not black you wouldn’t know or care how really bad this was for the black race, but what to you respect for the racist Tea Bagger Republicans.

    I am also sick and tired of the Tea bagger Republicans trying to rewrite the history of what really caused the civil war which was SLAVERY!

    February 2, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  22. ramtruck2500

    the whiners known as teabags should just crawl back under their dark rock and stay there – god I hate the totale negativism!

    February 2, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  23. GL

    just want to know why the Tea Bagger Republicans continue to invoke slavery into their dialog as if slavery was something we need to be reminder of. I guest you Tea Bagger don't know bad it was for blacks in this country. I guest if you are not black you wouldn’t know or care how really bad this was for the black race, but what to you expect for the racist Tea Bagger Republicans.

    I am also sick and tired of the Tea bagger Republicans trying to rewrite the history of what really caused the civil war which was

    February 2, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  24. Becker

    I am sure they will compromise. But on the other hand of they act like Obama the first two years and compromise only one thing then I think most conservatives would be fine with that scenario. They realized they have a limited but important role to propose ideas and reign in the Spender and Chief.

    February 2, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  25. GL

    Now, today we have no issues, no moral issues that have equivalency with the issue of slavery. Yet we do face a fiscal nightmare, potentially a debt crisis in our country," he said. "Should we compromise by raising taxes and cutting spending as the debt commission proposes?"

    I want you Tea Bagger Repubicans to stop thowing around the word slavery like it was just some no so bad time in our history. THIS WAS HORRIBLE TIMES FOR BLACKS AND THE TEA BAGGER REPUBLICANS NEEDS TO STOP INVOKING THE use of the word of slavery this is starting to anger a lot of blacks in this country. Stop playing with fire you Tea Bagger Republicans with thowing around the slavery word and trying to rewrite history when it pretain to CIVIL WAR.

    February 2, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
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