Lauren Seifert
CBS News
May 18, 2010

While critics cast the Tea Party movement as a fad and a flash in the pan, Tuesday’s Republican Senate primary in Kentucky might prove to naysayers that they indeed are a legitimate force and their backing of Dr. Rand Paul has propelled him as the front-runner for what is usually a ho-hum race.

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Paul joined CBS News Senior White House Correspondent Bill Plante on Tuesday’s “Washington Unplugged” and explained this isn’t an issue of Republican vs. Democrat but a referendum on the out of control spending from both parties in Washington.

“Neither party has controlled the debt very well and neither party has controlled spending,” he said. “So I think the Tea Party is about bringing government back to its senses and a lot of the things we talk about are a chastisement to both parties.”

He insists, though that the aim of the Tea Party movement isn’t to isolate the other parties and that, in fact, he shares some ideals with Democrats.


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