Alexander: Mood Among Americans Is, "Throw the Rascals in Washington Out, And Democrats Are the Rascals by a Big Majority"

Says Republicans Welcome Americans Who "Want to Get Out of Their Chairs and Help Put a Check and Balance on a Runaway Gov’t in Washington"

Posted on May 23, 2010

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, was a guest today on CBS' Face the Nation. Excerpts from the interview on the upcoming midterm elections, the BP oil leak, and last Tuesday's primaries are below: 

On November's elections:

  • "Anytime Americans want to get out of their chairs and focus on jobs, debt and terror, and put a check on a runaway government in Washington, we want them in our primaries, we want them as our nominees, and we want them in the U.S. Senate. It provides diversity in our party, makes us a bigger tent, and gives us a lot more energy."
  • "The American people are really upset right now. This election is going to have a lot of fresh faces, a lot of surprises. The mood is, let’s throw the rascals out in Washington, and the Democrats are the rascals by a big majority, and I think we’re going to have a lot more Republicans in November for that reason."

On the BP oil spill:

  • "Under the law, the president can fire BP and take over. We ought to allow the administration, working with the [state] governments and others, to do its best to clean it up and make the verdict about the blame later. Under the law, we know who pays, that’s BP. Under the law, the federal government can take [over the cleanup efforts] if it chooses."
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On Rand Paul:

  • "Even a very good baseball player sometimes has a hard time going from AAA to the Major Leagues. And that's what happened to him last week. If he'll stick to jobs, debt and terror and providing a check-and-balance on a runaway government in Washington, he'll be the next Republican senator." 
  • "He made a mistake there – at least, I thought he did. And it’s different than my opinion … I was for the Civil Rights acts of ‘64, ‘68, ‘75, and I helped put in the Martin Luther King holiday in Tennessee. When I ran for reelection in 2008, I got 25 percent of the African American vote with President Obama on the ticket, so we have plenty of Republican candidates who will get plenty of African American votes."