Rand Paul Looking to November

By: Daniel Kemp Email
By: Daniel Kemp Email

Less than 24 hours after picking up the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, Bowling Green's Rand Paul is already looking to November.

Victory was still setting in for Paul when we caught up with him Wednesday afternoon.

But now he says he has what he calls "popular ideas" that he hopes to take to Washington.

From ABC's "Good Morning America," to CNN's "American Morning" and "The O'Reilly Factor" on FOX News, a day after his GOP U.S. Senate nomination, Rand Paul continues to make national headlines.

"It's been pretty incredible," he said.

Paul spoke with some 20 national media outlets Wednesday from his campaign headquarters, starting at 5 a.m.

But as of late Wednesday afternoon, one person he still hadn't talked with following his win was his opponent, Trey Grayson.

"We've traded phone calls," Dr. Paul said. "He's called and we've called back and we haven't connected. But we're still trying."

For Paul, campaigning has kicked in all over again.

"We're already getting attacked by the national committee and we're responding back," he said. "The national Democrats have already made attacks, but that's the nature of the beast."

Of those, an attack on the Tea Party favorite for celebrating his victory at a private country club.

"I don't think people accept those kind old arguments now," he said. "That somehow, it's an elite place. I think it's actually accessible to a lot of middle class people."

As for November, Paul says he's already feeling good about his chances.

"All the numbers point to Republicans doing very well this year," he said. "President Obama is very unpopular in Kentucky."

He says he plans to take his support for term limits, the Tea Party movement and a fiscally responsible attitude with him to Washington, if elected.

"I think most Kentuckians don't want a big over-reaching government," Paul said. "Most Kentuckians see the problem of the deficit and they're worried about a government that really has no way to pay for these things they promise to us."

Paul did speak to Senator Mitch McConnell Tuesday night, who Paul says is supporting him 100-percent.

The two will attend a Kentucky GOP Unity Rally in Frankfort on Saturday.

As for his ophthalmology office, Paul says he'll continue seeing patients.

He's back to work starting Thursday.

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