November 2nd, 2010
10:14 PM ET
12 years ago

Rand Paul: "We've come to take our government back"

(CNN) - Senator-elect Rand Paul says he has a message from the people of Kentucky: "We've come to take our government back."

In his victory speech tonight, Paul –a Republican as well as a favorite of Tea Party activists across the nation - declared, "Tonight there's a Tea Party tidal wave."

Putting a special emphasis on the word "respectfully," Paul told the crowd he would "respectfully" ask the U.S. Senate to deliberate on why the American people are unhappy with what's going on in Washington: "The American people want to know why we have to balance our budget and they don't?" Paul also said he would "respectfully" ask the Senate to deliberate this issue: "Do we wish to live free or be enslaved by debt?"

"I have great confidence in the American system," said Paul, "We must believe in ourselves and not believe that somehow, some benevolent leader in a distant capital will take care of us, will save us from ourselves. We must once again believe in ourselves."

During a post-speech interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Senator-elect Paul said if he has his way, there will be a Tea Party caucus in the Senate, adding "That's one of the things I'll begin working on tomorrow morning."

Paul also said people who advocate letting the Bush tax cuts expire and going back to the higher tax rates of the Clinton years, "must be in favor of a second American Depression because if you raise taxes to that consequence, that's what will happen."

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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. kristen

    the idiots who voted for the bigger idiots will get what they deserve.

    November 2, 2010 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  2. Michelle

    Taking back something that belongs to everyone...isn't that an oxymoron statement. This country will never progress with the us vs them mentality. Or better yet, taking something that was stolen to start with.

    November 2, 2010 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  3. EZ

    He is very confused. He wants both to keep the tax cuts AND to balance the budget. What America needs now is more government spending to prime the economy and lower the unemployment not less. Paul just does not get it.

    November 2, 2010 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  4. Craig

    America STAND AND CHEER- Nacy Pelosi... Your FIRED.....LOL

    November 2, 2010 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  5. Commonsense

    We're in the a bumpy ride.....

    November 2, 2010 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  6. Jeff

    Take it back from the people who have no idea what our country is about or what the Constitution even says. That includes Democrats and Republicans. Take it back from people who say "there outta be a law against that". Take it back from people who think the federal government should make laws governing our lives instead of the individual states. Take it back from people like each and every one of you reading this who don't understand the fundamental principles of our Constitution or what's wrong with the federal government in it's current form. YOU are the problem.

    November 2, 2010 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  7. Laura

    He very eloquently said nothing, I believe.

    November 2, 2010 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  8. Allison

    so as one of the 600,000 Kentuckians who voted for someone else, is paul taking back the country from us too. I feel very unrepresented by a man who doesn't represent a single thing I believe in and considers the 1964 civil rights act "controversial", thinks that all education should be pay as go so if your parents can't pay school fees you don't get an education so you won't even have the skills to work at mcdonalds, doesnt think doctors should have to be licensed to practice medicine, and is generally in favor of removing any safety or regulatory mechanism to prevent the invisible hand of the market from beating the crap out of everyone and giving you cancer from the pollution no one is required to clean up. I don't think im going to enjoy living in the third world.

    November 2, 2010 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  9. Will

    Rand will be like a fish out of water in the big city, Washington. He'll be eaten alive. Being from Kentucky and all. Don't wear white shoes to the White House during President Obama's dinners, now Rand.

    November 2, 2010 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  10. Fred

    The Republicans fell into the trap. Talk like this for two more years, Rand. It will be a shoo in for President Obama in 2012

    November 2, 2010 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  11. Lee Bart

    hard to take the government back when you still have it. and haven't let it go despite a 2008 election to the contrary.

    November 2, 2010 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
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