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Rand Paul: “I Have A Message, We’ve Come To Take Our Government Back”

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Deservedly so, Rand Paul spent last night celebrating what was been dubbed The Randslide:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Rand Paul arrived at his victory party on Tuesday night to the booming lyrics of the Rush song he often quoted on the campaign trail: “Glittering prizes and endless compromises/shatter the illusion of integrity.”

Mr. Paul, who won the Republican Senate nomination in Kentucky, likes to equate the prizes and compromises to earmarks and backroom deals in Washington, which he says have to end.

But it is not just a convenient lyric, or a reflection of his affinity for 70s rock. The Canadian band is known for its libertarian views, just like Mr. Paul and his father, Ron, a Republican congressman from Texas. (Mr. Paul was not, though, as some assume, named for Ayn Rand; his full name is Randal.)

The younger Mr. Paul made clear on Tuesday that the celebration at the Bowling Green Country Club was a Tea Party party. He declared himself a proud member, credited the movement for his success and dismissed speculation that he would abandon its message to appeal to more moderate voters in the general election.

“People are already saying, now you need to weave and dodge,” he said. “Now you need to switch. Now you need to give up your conservative message. You need to become a moderate. You need to give up the Tea Party. You need to distance yourself.” The crowd yelled “No!”

“The Tea Party movement is huge,” Mr. Paul said. “The mandate of our victory tonight is huge. What you have done and what we are doing can transform America.”

Paul will face Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway in the General Election, and already, the Democrats are telegraphing the message they’ll try to use against him:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Democratic leaders were relishing the Republican primary victory of tea party candidate Rand Paul, suggesting he will be an easy target for them in November for Kentucky’s U.S. Senate seat.

In a closely watched race across the country as a test of the tea party movement’s strength, Paul easily defeated GOP establishment favorite Trey Grayson Tuesday night, garnering about 59 percent of the vote.

Chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Sen. Robert Menendez, said he believes Paul is better for Democrats to face in the general election. He said there is a stark contrast between Rand and his opponent, state Attorney General Jack Conway.

“Rand Paul would abolish the Department of Education, would disband the Federal Reserve, and would end farm subsidies for Kentucky’s farmers,” Menendez said in a statement. “Rand Paul may love the national media spotlight but he has shown no interest in growing Kentucky’s economy or creating new jobs.”

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Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine called Paul an “extreme candidate” who used a small part of the electorate to win over Grayson, but not in the fall.

“Rand Paul’s positions fail to resonate beyond the far-right Republican segment of the electorate that supported him tonight,” said Kaine

Frankly, I don’t think it’s a strategy that’s going to work. In the meantime, let’s savor Paul’s victory.

Since most of the cable networks did not show the whole thing, here’s the full video of Paul’s victory speech:

2 Responses to “Rand Paul: “I Have A Message, We’ve Come To Take Our Government Back””

  1. Vast Variety says:

    The problem I have with Rand Paul and Ron Paul for that matter, is that from everything I have read about them, neither seem very supportive of Marriage Equality, which to me seems to go against the grain of Individual Liberty.

    I’d love to be proven wrong however.

  2. ej says:

    neither of them support action on the matter in either dirrection at the federal level… considering both are in or are running for federal office, it really isnt an issue.

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