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

By Perry Bacon Jr.
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - Rand Paul delivered a fiery speech here Tuesday to celebrate his easy victory in the Republican primary to replace retiring Sen. Jim Bunning (R).
"I have a message from the tea party," he told several hundred supporters at a country club in this western Kentucky town where he lives. "A message that is loud and clear and does not mince words. We've come to take our government back."
Casting his victory as part of the larger success of the tea party movement, he said
"what you have done and what we are doing can transform America."
"It's a nationwide movement,"he added, "What I say to Washington is watch out, here we come."
Paul was joined on stage by his father, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.) who in his 2008 presidential campaign touted many of the same anti-government themes that drove his son's victory. Ron Paul did not speak during the rally, but beamed as he talked to reporters afterward about the victory.

"It symbolizes the growth of the freedom movement," Ron Paul said.

Rand Paul's unlikely victory completed an unusual journey from a virtual unknown in this state who had never held office before to the GOP Senate nominee. He easily defeated Trey Grayson, Kentucky's secretary of state, who had been endorsed by many powerful figures in the state.

"I know one man can't do anything by himself, but this is a good start," said Louie Floyd, who said he drove more than 100 miles to attend the Paul event. "People in Washington are just spending too much money."

By Perry Bacon Jr.  |  May 18, 2010; 10:03 PM ET
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'We've come to take our government back'- says it all.

The Tea-Pots are CRACKED.

Posted by: lingo009 | May 19, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Anyone who think these "tea party" people are going to do anything in Washington is getting played. They are going to get to Washington see that they need to pander to the rest of the Republican Party in order to stay in power and nothing will get done. What we really need is the abolition of the two party system and then maybe something will get done.

Posted by: btfbonzo | May 19, 2010 12:18 AM | Report abuse

Paul's victory is just another sign that the GOP and it's base are more right wing - and more loony tunes - than usual (amazing that would be possible).

Posted by: jbentley4 | May 18, 2010 11:52 PM | Report abuse

Critz Beat a Republican For Murtha's Seat.

Sestak Beat Specter.

Lincoln is Forced into a Run Off.

Rand Paul: A Libertarian Posing as a [Tea Party Senator] Beat a Real Republican.

This Year will be a Hodge Podge Of Losses On Both Sides, this will Not be [1994]

Republicans are going to be Ousted this year.

John [Career Politician] McCain, will Lose to a Democrat.

Americans are Screaming For Term Limits, The Message is Crystal Clear.

Posted by: omaarsblade | May 18, 2010 11:46 PM | Report abuse

The self-destruction of the GOP continues apace. Excellent.

Posted by: raschumacher | May 18, 2010 11:45 PM | Report abuse

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