In the tea party rebuke to President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) laid out an alternative vision for the future.
He also broke ranks at times from some in his own Republican party, which was officially represented by Marco Rubio's own State of the Union response.
The son of retired Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) pushed to cut corporate taxes in half and slash trillions in federal spending, welcoming the "sequester" cuts on March 1.
“The president does this big ‘woe is me’ over the $1.2-trillion sequester he endorsed and signed into law,” said Ron Paul on behalf of the Tea Party Express.
“Some Republicans are joining him.”
Rand Paul hit conservative talking points on school choice, 2nd Amendment gun rights and limiting executive powers, but focused mainly on fiscal issues.
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.
He called for a budget plan that would cap the personal income tax rate at 17 percent and cut corporate taxes in half, while still balancing the budget.
Doing that would require steep cuts, Paul unabashedly said, but that includes defense spending, which many in the GOP consider to be off limits.
Paul also struck other positions not often associated with the tea party or the Republican party, including backing widespread immigration reform.
Republicans need to be the party that “embraces” immigrants, he said.
Additionally, he said he opposes “secret kill lists of American citizens who can be killed without trial,” a reference to military drone strikes and surveillance.