ByÂ Laura Donovan – The Daily Caller
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said he doesnâ€™t think the Tea Party will ditch the GOP and become a third party,Â reports the Lexington Herald-Leader.
In an interview published Thursday, Paul said the Tea Party movement has broadenedÂ conservativeÂ politics.
â€œRight now it is a great advantage to us in the Republican Party because it has grown the Republican Party,â€ Paul said.
But when asked whether he foresees theÂ TeaÂ Party movement transforming into a third, viable political party, Paul answered, â€œI donâ€™t think so.â€
Paul said the movement will exist â€œas long as government continues with excessive spending.â€ In his new book, â€œThe Tea Party Goes to Washington,â€ Paul traces big spending back to Republican former president George W. Bush.
â€œAny self-described conservative who â€˜missesâ€™ the last president and his version of the Republican Party should probably quit subscribing to that label,â€ Paul wrote. â€œIf judgment is based on spending and the budget, then Bill Clinton should be considered preferable to Bush, given that he spent less money than his successor.â€
Paul is against President Barack Obamaâ€™s â€œbigÂ governmentÂ agenda,â€ but disagrees with the notion that Tea Party members oppose the president for his race.
â€œThe Tea Party doesnâ€™t see politics in black and white,â€ Paul wrote, â€œbut black and red â€” even as its critics continue to see racism when it simply does not exist.â€
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