Rand Paul calls for bipartisanship, compromise in impassioned SOTU rebuttal

Katie LaPotin, Red Alert PoliticsFebruary 13, 2012

In his impassioned response to the State of the Union, Senator Rand Paul, R-KY, blamed both political parties for causing the mess that has engulfed Washington and called on Republicans and Democrats alike to work together to fix Washington.

“Both parties have been guilty of spending too much, of protecting their sacred cows, of background deals in which everyone up here wins, but every taxpayer loses,” Paul said. “It is time for a new bipartisan consensus. It is time Democrats admit that not every dollar spent on domestic problems is sacred. And it is time Republicans realize that military spending is not immune to waste and fraud.”

His speech, which was sponsored by the Tea Party Express and RedState, was billed as the Tea Party’s “rebuttal to the rebuttal.” It is the third straight year that a Tea Party candidate has given a speech in addition to the traditional Republican response speech, which was delivered by Florida Senator Marco Rubio. None of the major networks aired the speech; instead, it was broadcast live on the Tea Party Express’s website.

Paul, known for being a passionate and fiery speaker, didn’t let down in his address. He even made references to historical figures like economist Adam Smith and French political commentator Montesquieu.

The crux of Paul’s speech revolved around fixing the federal government and balancing the budget in his speech. He announced that he will introduce a budget proposal in the Senate next month that would balance the federal budget within five years. Included in Paul’s plan would be cutting the corporate income tax in half, creating a flat tax of 17 percent, and eliminating the regulatory tape that currently suffocates American businesses.

The Kentucky Senator also discussed the looming threat of sequestration on the nation’s defense industry. He urged Congress to work together to come up with a bipartisan solution so we don’t have to deal with it in the future.

“Both parties will have to agree to cut, or we will never fix our fiscal mess,” Paul said.

Paul hit Obama hard when it came to big government programs, claiming that those programs “keeps the poor poor and saps the savings of the elderly.”

He also disagreed with the president on education reform. While President Obama focused on a nationalized preschool program and college loan reforms, Paul argued for school choice and competition in our schools.

His final plea was for the American people to better hold their elected representatives accountable.

“If Congress refuses to pass a budget, if Congress refuses to read the bills, then I say: Sweep the place clean. Limit their terms and send them home!”

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