Tea Party Express Celebrates Presidential Candidates: Senator Rand Paul Becomes Second Tea Party Presidential Candidate
Sacramento, CA – Tea Party Express, the nation’s largest tea party political action committee, is celebrating Senator Rand Paul’s presumptive presidential announcement that’s scheduled for later this morning in Louisville, Kentucky.
Tea Party Express’ Chief Strategist Sal Russo said, “2016 marks a coming-of-age for the Tea Party movement. In 2010, we surprised the pundits and won the House of Representatives. In 2014, we finished our sweep of Congress by electing a conservative, Republican majority to the U.S. Senate. Tea Party-aligned candidates now look to take our message of fiscal responsibility and economic growth all the way to the White House.
“It took the anti-war movement 25 years before they elected one of their own, President Bill Clinton, to the White House. The conservative, Goldwater movement took 17 years before they elected one of their own, President Ronald Reagan. Now, after only five years, the Tea Party movement is likely to have three serious presidential candidates in 2016.
“Senator Ted Cruz was the first to announce last week; Senator Rand Paul is announcing tomorrow; and we are expecting Senator Marco Rubio to complete the Tea Party’s 2016 trifecta next week. All three of these Senators ran in contested primaries against establishment candidates; yet, all three emerged victorious with a groundswell of grassroots conservative, Tea Party support. We are proud to have pre-primary endorsed all three of their Senate campaigns.
“Since his Tea Party-fueled election in 2010, Senator Paul has been a powerful voice for change in Washington. He has been a leader in advocating for new ideas and solutions to America’s problems that both excite the conservative base of the GOP and appeal to groups of voters that have been elusive for Republicans to capture in recent elections.
“This is an exciting time for a movement that sought out to disrupt the do-nothing culture of Washington, D.C. with bold, conservative solutions. The Tea Party 2016 trifecta will bring important ideas and energy to a country that is yearning for new, conservative leadership,” Russo concluded.