May 18th, 2010
06:57 PM ET
11 years ago

Rand Paul hopes to celebrate at local country club

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Kentucky Senate hopeful Rand Paul has chosen a unique place to hold his election-night event: the spacious rolling hills of the Bowling Green County Club, where he is a member."]

Bowling Green, Kentucky (CNN) - Kentucky Republican senatorial front-runner Rand Paul is hoping he will have a victory to celebrate in a few hours and has chosen a unique place to hold his election-night event: the spacious rolling hills of the Bowling Green County Club, where he is a member.

"I always loved the view ... I thought it would be neat if the weather were nice just for the view. Some people do it in hotel rooms. I think hotels are a little generic and boring," Paul said.

Paul is a favorite of the Tea Party activists in the state, who believe in fiscal discipline and championing the under-represented, but Paul said he didn't think his choice of venue sent an unusual message. "I guess some people could argue that. But I think it is a beautiful place."

One upside for him: He gets free use of the facilities tonight.

Earlier today, after Paul voted in his local precinct, he repeated his message that a victory here would be a mandate for the Tea Party. "I think it shows the power" of the movement, he said. "I think this will be the first big, statewide victory for the Tea Party movement. So I think it's huge."

He dismissed suggestions a Tea Party label would hurt him in a general election. "I think that a lot of the things that the Tea Party is for are actually very popular with independents and Democrats. You poll term limits, which is one of our No. 1 issues, you find 78 percent of Democrats are for term limits. So I think the outsider label, the anti-incumbency, the anti-Washington, all of those are still good things for us

Paul says he's confident the divided Republican Party will mend fences after this tough primary battle and he has no hard feelings for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who backed Paul's top GOP opponent, Secretary of State Trey Grayson. He pointed to an already scheduled unity event this weekend with all the candidates and McConnell. "I'm looking forward to Saturday. I will meet with Mitch McConnell and the other elected Republicans in Kentucky on Saturday for a unity rally and I forsee us working together in the fall."

Still, when asked whether he'd vote to keep McConnell as the Republican leader, Paul dodged the question.

Paul's rival, Grayson, voted absentee and worked in his state office throughout the day in his official capacity as one of those responsible for overseeing the state elections. His campaign will be holding its election-night event at a hotel in Florence, Kentucky.

Paul said the Republican Party needs to change and react to the voters' mood. "We need to be fiscally conservative," Paul said. "You know, when we were in charge, we doubled the deficit, but now that the Democrats are in charge, they're tripling the deficit. So they're not doing any better than we were, but when we were in charge we didn't do a very good job either."

The Kentucky Board of Elections is reporting turnout lower than in 2006, when there was no Senate race in Kentucky.

If Paul wins he says he'll continue campaigning, beginning with early national TV interviews Wednesday morning. The message he wants to share: "The Tea Party message is bipartisan chastisement over the debt, over the deficit, and over controlling federal spending."

Filed under: 2010 • Kentucky • Rand Paul • Trey Grayson
soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. unbelievable.

    wait a minute... I thought the Tea Party was about the poor, middle working class families around the country but Rand Paul plans to celebrate at and is a member of a COUNTRY CLUB???????


    May 18, 2010 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    I see it more as a mandate AGAINST turtle-face and his favorite obstructionist helper, Grayson.

    We are tired of the people that obstruct just to be mean. Get some work done for the people.

    May 18, 2010 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  3. Four and The Door

    The message he wants to share: "The Tea Party message is bipartisan chastisement over the debt, over the deficit, and over controlling federal spending."
    That's half of it. The other half is that we expect the federal government to be responsible even when they are just spending what they collect in taxes. The Obama administration and the Democratic congress have been blowing all of this money taking care of their special interest groups, on entitlement programs and on political favors. Their results for the country are dismal. Unemployment is still way out of control. We need responsible government leaders, not politicians who feel it is their right to give away our national wealth.

    May 18, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  4. Jason from Hollywood

    Ya know what's great about the "Bowling Green County Club", in Kentucky, is that you don't have to shake the hands of all your jewish and black contributors and supporters – they're not allowed on the premises...

    May 18, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  5. david

    I prefer coffee over tea anytime – it just show hhow far fear tactics will travel

    May 18, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  6. Jim

    Good start to an image of fiscal restraint. Not!! How about a Motel 6 next time. Talk is cheap but actions speak more of the same. The Tea Party = The Republican Party + Dishonesty

    May 18, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  7. Dina

    As a person who lives in KY and votes I am disgusted that out of how many people that live here didnt vote and now we end up with Paul!!!!!!!!

    Democrats and Independents where are you Kentucky voters?????

    YOu came out to vote for Obama; come on!

    Well everyone you mine as well voted for Palin because Paul is just as bad. Yeah I am ready to move out of this place. No vote, no complaints Kentucky non voters! Now we have a nice extremist "tea party" whack job.

    May 18, 2010 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  8. ConstitutionalPatriot

    Rand Paul is a breath of fresh air and hopefully his election in November will help begin the restoration of our constitutional republic. The government is not above the law and we need to elect people who will abide by it.I've heard smears coming out saying Rand is from the 19th century and all kinds of other nonsense. He like his father has a real plan to solve the problems facing our nation and it doesn't include cutting people off from government help they have grown dependent upon. It's silly things like ending the wars and changing our foreign policy so we are not running an unsustainable empire as we are now! Those who would denigrate Paul either know nothing about his ideas and need an education or know full well and simply choose to spread lies and deception. Maybe if enough people listen we can finally end the Federal Reserve and stop the brutal destruction of the American middle class and the systematic impoverishment of the people! We reject the false left right paradigm and rally for freedom!

    May 18, 2010 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  9. tag

    america....start the tea party rolling. let's all drink more tea...and throw out the lemons and tea bag the democrats. congrats mr paul.....

    May 18, 2010 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  10. Frigger

    since all the tea Party knows is anger and complaining, I wonder how fun that party will be? I'll bet the victory speech is a diatribe with lots of banging fists rallying the white male audience.

    May 18, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  11. Bill from SoCal

    I wonder how many of his potential constituents are also members? Oh wait, it's not like the Tea Party represents the majority of people in this country anyway.

    May 18, 2010 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  12. honestmistake

    Awesome job Rand. I know you will prevail in November.

    May 18, 2010 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  13. Ken, AZ

    I wonder how many of his Tea Party backers belong to country clubs.

    May 18, 2010 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  14. Sheri in Tennessee

    How convenient for conservatives to promote a platform of fiscal conservancy AFTER the damage of their out-of-control spending has been unleashed. If you vote for conservatism, say goodbye to everything the left has brought you: TSA, FDIC, OSHA, etc. etc. etc. and hello to conservatives being the first in line to demand the very services they don't want to pay for.

    May 18, 2010 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  15. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC

    Congratulations, Dr Paul! And I hope that the Bowling Green County Club does right by you!

    May 18, 2010 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  16. Mike in New Orleans

    You can tape a teabag on a Republican, but they're still a Republican.

    I hope his country club doesn't allow the riff raff in.

    May 18, 2010 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  17. Jason

    Country Club?

    So much for all his phony populism.

    May 18, 2010 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  18. NormS

    Dr. Paul will be a great senator and a fantastic representative of the Tea Party Movement.

    May 18, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  19. Maverick

    The beginning of the end for Kentucky, but who really cares anyway?

    May 18, 2010 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  20. Turnabout is Fair Play

    Yeah, right...a country club..yeah, he REALLY identifies with the average American who is struggling to find a job and keep a roof over their heads right now...what a typical ignorant teabagging won't be celebrating in a few months arrogant maggot.

    May 18, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  21. Mike in New Orleans

    He reminds me of so many other Republicans: "I have my father's last name, you must vote for me."

    Same old, same old....

    May 18, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  22. Janice

    Looks like the tea party has an elitist within its ranks. Why not celebrate at the local bar Rand instead of a bougeois country club? He's not one of us after all.

    May 18, 2010 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  23. Dina

    4000 million ppl in KY and because KY didnt vote this is what we get now. Tea party..more like a cry -party.... Dem and independents why didnt you comeout and vote?

    May 18, 2010 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  24. Larry

    What a pile of Side Speak ...

    Did you learn just anything you did not already know ???

    What a pile of Side Speak ....

    All factions of the Republican party, ... including THE "tea party"

    Are subject to suffocation within their own defecation ...

    Enough BS to fertilize the entire country, and then some ...

    May 18, 2010 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |