Paul to include House, Senate and Democrats in Tea Party caucus

Published: Nov. 3, 2010 at 9:11 PM EDT|Updated: Nov. 3, 2010 at 10:22 PM EDT
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Senator-elect Rand Paul (R-KY)
Senator-elect Rand Paul (R-KY)

Bowling Green, KY - By Elizabeth Donatelli - bio | email

BOWLING GREEN, KY (WAVE) - It was a double digit victory and a win not only for Republicans in Kentucky, but also Tea Party candidates across the country. Rand Paul beat Democrat Jack Conway for Kentucky's U.S. Senate seat by 12 points and is now Senator-elect.

Hours after the victory party at the Sloan Convention Center, Paul work up early to do media interviews that aired across the country.

"I go there with optimism I guess, you know I've never held office before, so I go there expecting to change the world and I won't be told otherwise," said Paul on FOX News.

Paul has emerged as the face of the Tea Party and said he will form a Tea Party caucus in Washington and will invite both Republicans and Democrats to join.

"My idea for this Tea Party caucus is really to have house members and have senate members apart of it and talk about some of the reform message that we have," said Paul.

While he would not give names of others in the caucus until he talks to them directly, Paul said he would welcome Kentucky's senior senator, Mitch McConnell.

"If he wants to be part of the Tea Party caucus, absolutely," said Paul smiling.

Paul said the first thing he wants to do is propose a balanced budget amendment. He spoke about eliminating wasteful spending like earmarks. When asked, he said he does not plan on taking earmarks.

"No, I don't think it's a good idea," said Paul. "I will advocate for Kentucky, but within the process of the committee process."

But "fixing Washington" will have to wait for a few days. His campaign staff said Paul will be going on a vacation with his wife, Kelley, after a long and grueling campaign season.

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