Paul says GOP infighting is a good thing
February 5th, 2014
09:02 PM ET
2 months ago

Paul says GOP infighting is a good thing

Washington (CNN) - Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky told a crowd of social conservatives Wednesday that fighting within the GOP is for the best.

Although Paul pointed out that the debate should not be “impolite” or “rude,” his comments go against what certain Republicans in office have said in the past: That party fighting and vocal disagreement only help Democrats and President Barack Obama.

“Where are we? People say 'don’t fight, you just have to go along to get along,'” Paul said. “We should fight. We should struggle for what we believe in and try to move the party forward.”

He added, “We have to decide are we going to go bold, are we going to go big, or are we going become Democrat-lite.”

Following his own advice, Paul took shots at certain unnamed Republicans, knocking them for not focusing enough on cutting spending, while touting his own credentials.

Paul’s remarks came at a gala for the American Principles Project, a unique Republican group that bridges the ideas of social conservatives and libertarians, a group Paul identifies with.

The Republican Senator also touched on raising the debt ceiling, a debate that is likely to come up again in Washington because within the next month or so, Congress will be asked to raise the debt ceiling in order to not default on the government’s debts.

“While it may not be a good idea to shut government down, it is also not a good idea to give your government a black check,” he said. “We can’t just keep voting to raise the debt ceiling without any kind of restraint.”

The federal government effectively hits its debt limit on Friday, but through “extraordinary measures,” the Treasury Department has some payment flexibility that extends the need to raise the debt ceiling month or so.

As is the case with most Paul events, presidential speculation came up.

When Sean Fieler, chairman of the group introduced Paul, he proudly proclaimed he be “very pleased if Sen. Paul was elected the next President of the United States.”

Much of Paul’s laugh-line filled speech stayed away from social issues. In the one nod Paul gave to abortion and protecting the right to life, the audience broke out into applause.

Instead, Paul dedicated much of his time addressing economic policy, slashing spending and the future of the Republican Party.

“If we want to win again, if we want to be a bigger party… we have to look more like the rest of America,” Paul said. “But we also have to have a party that has a message of optimism.”


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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Tampa Tim

    Herbert Hoover economics was a train wreck, and Rand is in the engineer's seat.

    February 5, 2014 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  2. S. B. Stein

    Paul is one to talk. He has caused problems in the party. Paul should be a part of the Libertarian party and not caucusing with the GOP in the Senate. He doesn't represent the GOP and poorly represents the state in the Senate.

    February 5, 2014 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  3. ChrisM

    Lol, Yes please do continue the infighting.

    February 5, 2014 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  4. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    The definanation of a GOP moron--–bland Paul back bencher!!!!!!!

    February 5, 2014 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  5. The REAL TRUTH...

    "Although Paul pointed out that the debate should not be “impolite” or “rude,” – really????
    It hasn't caused him or any other GOP/TP member from being disrespectful, impolite and [frankly] downright rude to the office of President has it.

    February 6, 2014 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  6. drap ™

    Why not Patrick Duffy? He is just as qualified... .

    February 6, 2014 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  7. Thomas

    Rand Paul / Ted Cruz 2016

    Green Eggs and Aqua Buddha

    February 6, 2014 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
  8. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    HIARIOUS watching the Guns Over People tea potty walk the plank toward November. Don't change one single thing bumpkin wingnuts,everything is fine.

    February 6, 2014 06:06 am at 6:06 am |
  9. Marie MD

    Says the guy who is motivated by money and ayn rand's life.
    Yes, because wishing for something and actually getting it doesn't always work . . . . .“If we want to win again, if we want to be a bigger party… we have to look more like the rest of America,” Paul said. “But we also have to have a party that has a message of optimism.”
    We the US are optimistic that you and your kind are out of congress for life so that we can get back to politicians who are not for themselves but the people they serve and who elected them.
    In the meantime, go to the corner and be quiet!

    February 6, 2014 06:14 am at 6:14 am |
  10. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Ya bland , the fighting does NOTHING for your idiot party full of the garbage and sewage of America except keep it moving BACKWARDS!!!!!!

    February 6, 2014 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  11. xray vision

    You guys are absolutely screwed!

    February 6, 2014 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  12. xray vision

    Their plan, agree to give the Democrats something, and get something during the budget, then when its time to pay that bill, demand the Democrats give something back, brilliant! See you in November fools .

    February 6, 2014 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  13. Tampa Tim

    Republican infighting is a good thing, it's amusing, and shows the stupidity of the candidates' race to the extreme right to get support of the base of intolerance and hate.

    February 6, 2014 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  14. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Where's Our $24 Billion?

    How'd that kerfuffle between you and Christie work out Rand?

    February 6, 2014 07:49 am at 7:49 am |