First on CNN: In tea party response, Paul will urge GOP to embrace immigrants, cut spending
February 12th, 2013
02:56 PM ET
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First on CNN: In tea party response, Paul will urge GOP to embrace immigrants, cut spending

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Rand Paul will call on his fellow Republicans to be more welcoming of immigrants Tuesday night in a speech where he will also sharply criticize President Barack Obama and his congressional colleagues for failing to reduce the nation's debt.

"We are the party that embraces hard work and ingenuity, therefore we must be the party that embraces the immigrant who wants to come to America for a better future," the Kentucky Republican is expected to say in the tea party response to Obama's State of the Union address, according to an advanced text of his remarks acquired by CNN. "We must be the party who sees immigrants as assets, not liabilities. We must be the party that says, 'If you want to work, if you want to become an American, we welcome you.'"

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Paul's comments about immigrants comes as GOP leaders and activists grapple with what the party's position should be on how best to address the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants currently living in the U.S. A handful of Democratic and Republican senators including Marco Rubio are working on immigration reform legislation. Rubio will deliver the official Republican response following Obama's speech and Paul will give the tea party response once the Florida senator finishes his remarks.

Paul, who is critical of both Democrats and Republicans in his speech, will urge the president and Congress to allow $1.2 trillion in cuts to domestic and military programs – known as sequester – to happen as a step towards reducing the debt.

"Not only should the sequester stand, many pundits say the sequester really needs to be at least $4 trillion to avoid another downgrade of America's credit rating," Paul is expected to say. "Both parties will have to agree to cut, or we will never fix our fiscal mess."

And the Kentucky Republican will call out Democrats and Republicans for participating in a culture that he alleges fails to keep the taxpayers' best interests in mind.

"It is often said that there is not enough bipartisanship up here," Paul will say. "That is not true. In fact, there is plenty. Both parties have been guilty of spending too much, of protecting their sacred cows, of backroom deals in which everyone up here wins, but every taxpayer loses. It is time for a new bipartisan consensus. It is time Democrats admit that not every dollar spent on domestic programs is sacred. And it is time Republicans realize that military spending is not immune to waste and fraud."

The Tea Party Express, a political action committee that champions conservative principles, is sponsoring Paul's speech which will originate from the National Press Club in Washington.

Paul and Rubio are both expected to seriously consider running for the White House in 2016, adding more intrigue to the back-to-back speeches.


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soundoff (65 Responses)
  1. ghost

    Woooooooweeeeee! Nice one.

    Embrace immigration...good luck with that. Choosing FOR the sdquester.......strike 2......calling out republicans.....strike 3

    You're out....of the republican party.

    February 12, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  2. Name lynn

    Rand Paul shut up, you dont know what you are talking about. leaves them immigrations alone, an try to hold down your that what so ever seat you are holding. they havent done nothing to you at all rand you cant do your job for talking bad about the immigration people ugly.

    February 12, 2013 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  3. Boo

    Translation: Paul will pander to Latinos with lies and b.s.

    February 12, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  4. The Real Tom Paine

    And the final admonition from Paul is.....pray to Aqua Budda.

    February 12, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  5. Bob

    Obama will really have nothing new to say in his state of the union, the same old same old, the military/indutrial complex is fighting hard to keep from losing money so it can pay the retired generals and admirals salaries for lobbying the congress it served in uniform, and the liberals are fighting hard to keep the welfare dollars flowing........

    February 12, 2013 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  6. kayla

    somebody wants to be relevant. oh boy (yawn)

    February 12, 2013 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  7. Devin

    Paul's is the response to watch. Rubio is often guilty of playing it safe, on the other hand Paul tries to tell it how he sees it. Not only that but hes intelligent, and articulate.

    February 12, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  8. Gurgyl

    Look these idiots are selling this nation for a Dime.

    February 12, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Someone should remind him not to leave out the part about the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Acts should be struck from the books because Rand Paul feels they are both unconstitutional. He feels bigotry is a freedom of speech, especialy when it comes to economic bigotry. "No Blacks Allowed"

    February 12, 2013 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  10. Bob

    Once they embrace our laws we can embrace the immigrants.

    February 12, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  11. awaiting moderation

    Now he is trolling for Latino votes.Getting a little crowded me thinks.

    February 12, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  12. Kakki

    What a hypocrite!! Now he loves everyone! Amazing what desperation, and quest for power and attention will do to former bigots! Anyone who belives Rand Paul is sincere has to seriously question their thinking. He is insensitive, rude and amazingly insincere.

    February 12, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  13. jnpa

    Somebody is going to throw their hat in the presidential ring with talk like that.

    February 12, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  14. Jerry Donnor

    For some reason this guy appears to be different than the other Republicans...

    February 12, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  15. The Real Tom Paine

    Embrace them, then kick them to the curb: that's what Aqua Budda would have you do.

    February 12, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  16. Traceman2000

    I love it. After all of the years of calling them names and denigrating them on a regular basis, now they want to be inclusive? So the message is: "Sorry we called you names and blamed everything bad on you and your kind, created laws like the one in Arizona to really hammer home how we really feel about you, but hey, gives us a break and come join our party, what do you say?"

    February 12, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  17. The Real Tom Paine

    Bob

    Obama will really have nothing new to say in his state of the union, the same old same old, the military/indutrial complex is fighting hard to keep from losing money so it can pay the retired generals and admirals salaries for lobbying the congress it served in uniform, and the liberals are fighting hard to keep the welfare dollars flowing........
    *********
    .........and the GOP/Teatard response is " Obama sucks". Nothing new there at all, but we will have a lot of footage of Ted Nugent being hauled off to jail.

    February 12, 2013 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  18. rad666

    Why yes as long as they come here legally. I do not see America as a place that does not welcome immigrants, as a matter of fact I see a lot of places and programs that welcome them with open arms. Americans have a problem with 11 million illegals in their country whom they do not want to support, and they have told their government this loudly and clearly, yet their government refuses to listen to it's own citizens.

    February 12, 2013 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  19. Malory Archer

    This drivel brings to mind the parable of the frog and the scorpion.

    February 12, 2013 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  20. Paul

    I really do not understand the Republican establishment. They actually think that by putting Marco Rubio up there as their Savior to the Republican Party that he will attract the Hispanic vote. Marco Rubio will only attract the Cuban Hispanic vote Which the Republican Party already has he will not attract that the Mexican Colombian Dominican any of the South American vote he doesn't speak their language! he may speak Spanish but he doesn't speak liberty and freedom! And they see right through what you're trying to do!

    February 12, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  21. are122

    'If you want to work, if you want to become an American, we welcome you.'" <~~ Why is it for the past four years absolutely no one in D.C. seems the least bit interested in Americans who are already Americans working? What does everyone have against plain old Americans??

    February 12, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  22. Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

    I’ve yet to meet a republican that had an issue with immigration. However I have meet Republicans, Democrats, Independents and immigrants that take issue with illegals.

    _left leaning independent

    February 12, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  23. Steven S.

    Now I know why CNN is rated fourth place. Look at the enept logic comments.

    February 12, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  24. SCBAMA

    No he knows reality. Times and our population are changing. Get onboard or get to sit in the back of the bus. The other possible outcome could be whites getting minority set asides. Karma baby...Whites get to live off the government for a change.

    February 12, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  25. Tempest

    a lot of people commenting clearly haven't read the article... like Lynn who thinks he is trying to kick out immigrants and thinks he calls them bad and ugly. He clearly says that they are an asset. I don't know about you but I usually think about assets as a positive thing.

    February 12, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
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