Paul says Tea Party movement reflects mainstream views

Republican Rand Paul cast the tea party as mainstream Saturday evening, pointing to his improbable rise to Senate nominee as proof that the limited government movement is not on the political fringe.

Speaking before several hundred people at a tea party rally outside the state Capitol, Paul said the movement's emphasis on balanced budgets and term limits is popular with Republicans and Democrats alike. It was an open overture to conservative Democrats who could tip the balance in Paul's race against Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway.

To those who want to paint us as extremists, I defy them go out and poll those questions," said Paul, referring to term limits and balanced budgets. "Find out what the American public wants. Find out why we won an enormous victory in the primary when no one expected it. Because the message resonates that people are sick and tired of an overreaching government, of a deficit out of control. They want their government back."

The libertarian-leaning Paul, a tea party favorite who defeated an establishment Republican in the May primary, followed a parade of speakers who drew cheers by denouncing what they see as an intrusive federal government run amok with deficit spending.

Paul, who portrays himself as a political outsider, tried to put the heat on Conway by linking his opponent to President Barack Obama on health care, taxes, energy and economic policies.

"Jack Conway will have to run hard and fast away from the policies of President Obama," Paul said. "I don't think he can run fast enough."

You must be logged in to post comments.

Password (case sensitive):
Remember Me:

Read Comments

Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
  • by Nathan A on Jul 18, 2010 at 11:19 AM
    I don't vote for either but I have to say that Paul is a male version of Sarah Palin which in any respect won't get my vote either way. If you vote for him, might as well vote for Sarah too for 2012. I think they're a match in heaven. If Obama passes gas they are sure to let the world know about it. If you vote Paul, vote for your pals Mitch McConnell and Jim Bunning since you all love them so much that Steve is so horrible. I don't believe this crap about democrats destroying everything. Conservatives have done just as much damage as the democrats, so to blame democrats for everything is just plain stupid. Both parties are just as corrupt as they get in their own different form. They are both equally rich and don't give a crap about the poor. Because they get to go home every night knowing they have it all, while some of us don't have a pot to pee in. Politics have destroyed this world as much as they say religion has.
  • by Mark on Jul 14, 2010 at 07:47 AM
    To education passed you around third grade. My post was sarcasm....something learned in 6th or 7th grade.
  • by Dennis Location: Nicholasville on Jul 13, 2010 at 01:29 PM
    Diane, it's the conservatives who need to open their eyes. This administration inherited the problems of the last 8 years of GWB, and you can't reverse a slide expect to correct in one year what it took 8 to screw up is just not practical, and it's easier to screw something up than to fix it. To C in Frankfort: liberals and the Democratic party are out to preserve freedoms, and my experience is that conservatives and the GOP are out to destroy whatever precious little freedom we have left. To Eliminator: Deep sea drilling is a disaster and I'd love to see it regulated from here to eternity, if not banned. Oceans and shorelines need to be protected. Look beyond energy, to industries such as fishing that are being destroyed by the Gulf disaster. I'd also like to see coal get bankrupt. Also, it IS the government's role to maintain our infrastructure. A LOT of stimulus money is going to fix that. And coal is to my knowledge a very dirty energy source.
  • by Diane on Jul 13, 2010 at 08:19 AM
    Absolutely!! Yes the Tea Party is Mainstream. The tea party movement grew from the end of the Bush years. They grew more and more outraged over the Bush spending. When the Obama administration compounded the problem many times over it became evident that it was a systemic problem in our government to many. Just because the press and liberals refuse to understand this is not Rand Paul's fault. Though you wouldn't guess this by the silly coverage he's gotten. Liberals need to grow up and be Adults and listen for a change. You are wasting your time trying to make out the TEA party movement or even Conservative Politicians out as evil. You all will have your hand full in the next few years trying to delude what little support you still have into believing that the country is "going in the right direction."
  • by c Location: fkt on Jul 13, 2010 at 07:15 AM
    I'll vote for Paul because I don't trust Conway or the democrats to do anything good for this country..they are out to destroy it and our freedoms! I'll NEVER vote democrat again!
  • by Anonymous Location: Lexington,KY on Jul 13, 2010 at 06:57 AM
    The problem with Social Security is that the government has always spent the money from SS taxes.The "baby boomers" are reaching retirement age and every year from now on there will be millions and millions of people added to SS.It will be the biggest increases ever.With no money to pay these people something will have to be done.They have worked all their lives paying into SS.The democrats were talking a few months ago about"we are paying Grandpa too much",but an uproar started so they went hush hush.There will be no SS for younger people.The government has proven they can not and should not run an entitlement program.Looks like what happened in Greece and starting in the European Union is coming here too.I hope Rand Paul wins and people like him.The government is out control and far,far too big.
  • by Chris Location: Avon on Jul 13, 2010 at 05:45 AM
    We need more Politicians like Paul. Quit sucking the Government Teat and pay your own way from Cradle to Grave! Cut Taxes and create jobs, wow that is a radicall thought, isn't it?
  • by Anonymous on Jul 13, 2010 at 05:04 AM
    Benifits, thats whats wrong with this nation.every Tom Dick and Harry is on some kind of goverment freebee.Sucking the treasury dry screaming ol whoa is me.Plus the fact we have a President thats dumb as a coal bucket,and a socialist.We have become a nation parasites.Paul and others like him are the ones we need in our goverment.What happen to working for living.paying your own way.I'm voting for Mr Paul this fall.
  • by Eliminator Location: Kentucky on Jul 12, 2010 at 06:45 PM
    To Karen:A doctor has to get paid for his services.Dr.Rand Paul doesn't want to turn away any patients.I would think he has patients that receive Medicare and Medicaid.But here is the problem Medicare and Medicaid don't pay doctors much and their pay is taking longer to receive.Medicare and Medicaid are in deep trouble.The law under the healthcare bill is going to force the states to raise taxes to pay for these programs.We are broke as a country,the states can not afford to raise taxes.That is why so many states are filing lawsuits against the healthcare bill.Plus healthcare rationing is beginning and there will be more next year.Social Security,Medicare and Medicaid need to be privatized.Medicare,Medicaid and frivilous lawsuits are the main problem with the cost of healthcare.
  • by Eliminator Location: Kentucky on Jul 12, 2010 at 06:21 PM
    To dennis of Nicholsville: I don't know where you get the ideal that liberals are good for the economy. Obama has taken over some large banks and wants to control all banks.REmember AIG,the ceo of AIG was appointed by the Democrats in Congress with Tim Geithner and Obama's approval.Remember the uproar over bonuses paid to the financial officers at AIG. Geithner,Dodd,Franks and Obama all knew before that these bonuses were going to be paid to these people.Remember who has taken over GM,fired 65,000 people and gave the little stockholders in GM hardly anything.The man appointed to run GM received a huge bonus and there was no complaints from the Democrats.GM is being driven in the ground deeper.The moratorium on offshore drilling has put over 100,000 more people out of work.Obama wants to bankrupt coal companies and he is doing it. The list goes on and on.The liberal socialist are not for the little guy.The healthcare bill is raising taxes on the largest corporations costing more jobs.


2851 Winchester Rd. Lexington, Ky 40509 859-299-0411 - switchboard 859-299-2727 - newsroom
Register for Email
RSS Feeds
Copyright © 2002-2015 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 98198924 -
Gray Television, Inc.