Rand Paul: My tea-party SOTU rebuttal won’t divide Republicans
“I see it as an extra response. I don’t see it as necessarily divisive,” Paul told chief political correspondent Candy Crowley on the CNN program “State of the Union.”
“I won’t say anything on there that necessarily is like, ‘Marco Rubio is wrong,’” Paul continued. “He and I don’t always agree, but this isn’t about he and I. This is about the tea party, which is a grass-roots movement, a real movement, with millions of Americans that still are concerned about some of the deal-making that goes on in Washington.”…
Paul pushed back Sunday on the notion that Rubio, or any other Republican, has been anointed as the “face” of the Republican Party, making the case that Republican lawmakers sometimes have different priorities.
“I don’t think anybody gets to choose who the face is, or say you or someone else is the face. I think we do the best to promote what we believe in,” Paul said, pointing to his own vocal opposition to sending U.S. foreign aid money to certain countries like Egypt and Pakistan.