LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Republican Senate hopeful Rand Paul said Tuesday he couldn’t have won the GOP nomination in Kentucky without support from the tea party, and claimed the movement criticizes Republicans and Democrats equally.
“An interesting thing about it is, it’s equal parts chastisement to both parties,” Paul said on Fox News Channel.
However, tea party candidates have run as Republicans, and the movement has identified with the GOP, particularly criticizing Democrats.
Paul, a Bowling Green eye doctor, said the tea party offered an “open mike” for unhappy voters.
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