[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/14/art.randpaul.file5.cnn.jpg caption ="Rand Paul said Wednesday that if he's elected, he would like to band together with other conservatives to form a ‘Tea Party Caucus.’"]Washington (CNN) - Next year's Congress will likely feature an array of fresh faces and entertaining personalities - and it might even have a new voting bloc if Kentucky Senate candidate Rand Paul has his way.
Paul told the National Review Wednesday that if elected, he hopes to band together with like-minded conservatives to form what he called a "Tea Party Caucus" that will advocate for small government ideals.
"I think I will be part of a nucleus with Jim DeMint and Tom Coburn, who are unafraid to stand up," Paul said. "If we get another loud voice in there, like Mike Lee from Utah or Sharron Angle from Nevada, there will be a new nucleus.
"Term limits, a balanced-budget amendment, having bills point to where they are enumerated in the Constitution – those issues resonate with the tea party," he continued. "I know Republicans are trying to get something going, and I don't know their list, but if I had a contract with America, these things would be in it. These are not radical ideas – they are reform-minded, good-government ideas."
Another Tea Party and DeMint-backed Senate hopeful, Colorado Republican Ken Buck, said earlier this week that DeMint, an early proponent of the Tea Party movement, deserves "a leadership role" in the Senate.
On Wednesday, Paul said he would "maybe" consider backing his fellow Kentuckian, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, in a leadership election next year.
DeMint, who backed Paul in his Republican primary and has thrown his weight behind a number of other conservative Senate hopefuls, told the Greenville News Tuesday that he has no plans to seek out the position of Senate leader.
But he said he would be open to some kind of leadership post in the Senate if something like a "Tea Party Caucus" emerges.