Newly crowned Senator-elect Rand Paul (R-KY) brought his "message from the tea party" from Kentucky to his biggest national interview since handily winning the election over Democrat Jack Conway last Tuesday. In a nutshell, Paul stuck to his tea party guns in the brief sitdown on ABC's This Week. The movement's moment has arrived, Paul told host Christiane Amanpour. Now it's time to start cutting. Cutting everything.
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"Republicans traditionally say, 'Oh, we'll cut domestic spending, but we won't touch the military,'" Paul explained. "The liberals -- the ones who are good -- will say, 'Oh, we'll cut the military, but we won't cut domestic spending.'"
As for Paul and his tea party friends, "Bottom line is, you have to look at everything across the board."
Amanpour pressed Paul for specific cuts, but for the most part Paul preferred to talk in the same sweeping generalizations about cuts that helped win him the election and helped the tea party win the hearts of so many conservatives this year.
"We don't need bigger government," Paul said. "We need to shrink the size of government."