Reason.tv: The Tea Party Goes to Washington: Rand Paul on the Intellectual Bankruptcy of Both Major Parties

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Interview produced by Meredith Bragg with Josh Swain and Austin Bragg.


Rand Paul (R-Ky.) took an unusual path to his seat in the United States Senate: Though his father, the libertarian Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), has spent decades in office, Rand Paul had never previously held public office before winning in 2010. Throughout his campaign, Paul fils identified more with the Tea Party than with the Republican Party, and he ran against the hand-picked candidate of one of the most powerful Republicans in America, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). After trouncing both his primary challenger and the Democratic nominee, Paul did not mention the GOP once in his victory speech last November, saying instead, “Tonight, there’s a Tea Party tidal wave.”

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