Here’s What They’re Saying – Tea Party Delivered Strong Response

Sacramento, CA – Tea Party Express, the nation’s largest tea party political action committee, hosted the Tea Party response to President Obama’s State of the Union speech, which was delivered by Senator Rand Paul. (Click here to view the speech in its entirety.) Here is what online and conventional media outlets are saying about it:

“It’s an excellent, vigorous speech aimed at the GOP base, a clever companion to Rubio’s effort to recast the GOP more broadly within the electorate. Before yesterday, most news accounts cast this as a competition between the two men, and that competition may arise electorally at some point. To me, though, these two speeches look more complementary than competitive, as Republicans attempt to grow their influence and enlarge their tent rather than just shift the tent pegs over.”

“Where Rubio was careful to say that the Republicans’ Medicare plan would hold current beneficiaries harmless, Paul made no such promise. He said, ‘Big government’s not your friend. The president offers you free stuff, but his policies keep you poor.’”
-Bloomberg Businessweek

“In the tea party rebuke to President Obama’s vision of the state of the union – and some in his own party – Republican Sen. Rand Paul laid out a deeply conservative alternative that includes cutting corporate taxes in half and slashing trillions in federal spending….. He called for ‘a new bipartisan consensus’ to cut spending, starting with leaders from each party being willing to take on their own sacred cows.”
-The LA Times

“U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., on Tuesday night issued a tea party critique of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address and his policies that called for smaller government, deep federal spending cuts and congressional term limits….The Kentuckian’s address was to be his most highly visible to date, delivered on a national stage not only as an answer to Obama but also as a possible prelude to a White House bid in 2016.”

“If Paul and Rubio’s speeches are any indication of where the Republican Party is heading, it looks like the 2016 nominating season will be more substantive than 2012. In 2012, only one candidate raised enough money and built a strong enough organization to run a real campaign thus precluding debate over positions or issues. Paul and Rubio are both sitting US senators with national name recognition, so it is certainly possible that they can both build real campaigns.”
-The Huffington Post

“Sen. Rand Paul scolded Democrats and Republicans alike for spending money the government doesn’t have as he delivered the tea party response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address to Congress.”
-The Kansas City Star

“Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaking for the tea party, delivered essentially the same message that Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., did in his official Republican response: They charged that Mr. Obama is interested in growing government and increasing taxes, to the detriment of the struggling economy.’President Obama believes that government is the solution,’ Paul said in his response, sponsored by the Tea Party Express. ‘What America needs is not Robin Hood but Adam Smith.’”
-CBS News