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  Rand Paul dishes about McConnell, 2010 campaign in his new book
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Last Editedparticleman  Feb 27, 2011 09:00am
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AuthorJack Brammer
News DateSunday, February 27, 2011 02:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionIn his new book, The Tea Party Goes to Washington, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul recounts his tense meeting last year with U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell in a Louisville airport hangar with Secret Service surrounding them.

McConnell, the Republican leader in the Senate, was raising campaign money for Paul's opponent, Secretary of State Trey Grayson, in the Republican primary election for the U.S. Senate.

"As our meeting continued," Paul said, "Senator McConnell reiterated that he didn't want to get involved in the primary. I thought to myself, 'Not get involved — I wonder what it would mean if he did get involved."

Paul writes of his historic 2010 campaign and his eventual working relationship with McConnell in his 249-page book, now on sale for $21.99. It primarily provides a spirited defense of his belief in Tea Party principles. An extra is a list of books that Paul calls "must-read classics." They range from The Conscience of a Conservative by Barry Goldwater to Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged.

He criticizes President Obama's "big-government agenda," but bristles at the suggestion that the movement is against Obama because of race.

He does not let Republicans who push big government off the hook. Some of his sharpest barbs are directed at former President George W. Bush.

"Any self-described conservative who 'misses' the last president and his version of the Republican Party should probably quit subscribing to that label," Paul wrote. "If 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."
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