Rand Paul to Dems: Please Bring Obama to Kentucky

Dr. Rand Paul, the Tea Party darling who convincingly won Kentucky's Republican Senate primary Tuesday, has a message for his Democratic foes: "Please, please bring President Obama."

Paul triumphed over Secretary of State Trey Grayson, the GOP establishment candidate, with nearly 60 percent of the vote and said opposition in the state to President Obama gives him an excellent chance in the fall.

"President Obama's less popular in our state than he's ever been. And he never was very popular in Kentucky," he said Wednesday on CBS' "The Early Show".

First up, however, is mending fences within his own party after the hotly contested primary.

"We're going to unify. I'm going to meet with Sen. [Mitch] McConnell on Saturday. We've been talking, actually, for weeks now about unifying. I've been talking with the Republican party structure, and I think we will be unified going in to the fall," Paul said.

Paul, a political newcomer, shot to prominence as a Tea Party favorite - a movement he said "is popular well outside the Republican party" as well.

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Rand said he "doesn't see the Tea Party really becoming a political party," but said it would have "ramifications on both parties" and would attract independent voters.

And for his detractors who say his views are too controversial to win a general election, Paul's message is as simple as it is confident:

"I say, bring it on, and please, please bring President Obama to Kentucky. We'd love for him to campaign down here."

Results:

Roundup: All Winners and Losers
Specter Falls in Pa. Dem Primary to Joe Sestak
Rand Paul Wins Kentucky GOP Primary
Blanche Lincoln, Bill Halter Headed for Run-Off
Dem Wins Special Election for Murtha's Seat

Analysis:

The Surprises From Tuesday's Primaries
Specter's Loss Goes Beyond Anti-Incumbent Mood
Where do Tuesday's Winners Go from Here?
Who Had the Better Spin?

  • Daniel Carty

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