July 14th, 2010
02:03 PM ET
13 years ago

Rand Paul hopes for 'Tea Party Caucus' in Senate

[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.

Filed under: Rand Paul • Senate • Tea Party movement
soundoff (70 Responses)
  1. Marie MD

    Like minder? You mean racists, bigots and out of touch with middle America?
    Small government until a catastrophe occurs and you want the Feds to step in to help?
    dimwit and coburn are his wish list for partners? WOW!!!
    Almost forgot, get a haircut, will you?

    July 14, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  2. Colleen

    That would be great, then they can overthrow themselves!! Make goverenment smaller by leaving it!!

    July 14, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  3. a health economist

    Term limits is the only issue that I agree with Paul on.

    If he wants every bill to point where they are enumerated in the Constitution my question to him would be "How can we ever have a spending bill for the US Air Force because it is not explicitly enumerated in the Constitution that the Federal Government can have an Air Force?"

    July 14, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  4. Patsy, Texas

    Wonder if this tea party caucus would approve of the hateful
    Obama/Hitler Billboard put up by an Iowa tea party group. Of
    course, they took it down, after the damage was done, which is
    typical tea party maneuvering.
    However, paul did hit the nail on the head when he said they need
    another loud mouth(voice) like sharron angle.
    They may need her, but America does not!

    July 14, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  5. onlysanetexanleft

    I this doesn't scare the you-know-what out of you to go out and vote this Fall nothing will. I guess this caucus with meet to discuss things like putting up billards of President Obam next to Hitler and other bright ideas like doing away with the FDA and the Civil Rights Act.

    July 14, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  6. Ken in NC

    Rand Paul says our poor are a lot better off than Russian poor because we have color TV's. That warmed my heart as I now see myself as a more wealthy poor person because I own 2 color TV's.

    ONLY IN AMERICA do we grow IDIOTS like Rand Paul.

    July 14, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  7. normajean

    Paul says the" Republicans are trying to get something going". Well, don't hold your breath. They've been trying to get something going for years and still haven't quite made it. Maybe if that something was for the rest of our society and not just for themselves, they might be able to find it. This has got to be the most self indulgent ,greedy,arrogant bunch of people that ever made up the Republican party.They care nothing fpr the people, even their own constituents. Really,Republican voters, what have they done for you lately? Do you all have jobs,enough money if unemployed? Still have your house and your health care? If you're doing fine, good for you. If not I'd take a good look around, the "Party of No" is gaining on you.

    July 14, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  8. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I doubt that will happen. These "tea party" people show little understanding that they need to learn how to compromise in the Senate and House. That advances what needs to get done. Ideology only helps you get so far.

    July 14, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  9. Mr. Moderate

    It will be an awful lonely caucus.....

    July 14, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  10. Deb n Texas

    Rand Paul is an idiot. How does he want a Tea Party Caucas in the Senate? Rand Paul you have to win first and you stuck your own fisk in your mouth months ago. It doesn't seem like you have a chance to win.

    July 14, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  11. Pkm

    I like his father but tell rand to join the kkk he belongs there

    July 14, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  12. Mike

    Seems like he should be focusing on GETTING ELECTED before he starts talking about what he might do in the Senate.

    July 14, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  13. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    One word for this guy: PSYCHO

    July 14, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  14. radical, totally

    a tea party caucus? god that makes my politically correct thin skin boil. cutting deficits sounds like racism to me.

    July 14, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  15. Bob(Illinois)

    Oh, my goodness. Rand Paul is nuts!

    July 14, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  16. Peter s

    Another racist tea bagger from the south!!

    July 14, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  17. Irma in North Carolina

    Any one would be stupid to want any of the racist tea party gang near D.C. Your guys and Sarah Palin have caused enough damage to this country. You and all of your followers are the biggest bunch of racists in this country. Starting with Sarah Palin fox news and your gang you are the ones bringing this country down. It was your gang that put up the billboard in Iowa, Thank God some one had the sense to take it down. I am sure that the american people are seeing through the likes of your people.

    July 14, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  18. JB

    Lord help this country if cranks like angle and paul get elected. It'd be giant steps back for this country.

    July 14, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    If he would just ditch the toupe...

    July 14, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  20. JonDie

    Great! A caucus for crazy people.

    July 14, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
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