gop http://wfpl.org en Rand Paul: Tim Scott Appointment Will Help GOP, Tea Party Among Black Voters http://wfpl.org/post/rand-paul-tim-scott-appointment-will-help-gop-tea-party-among-black-voters <p>Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., says the appointment of Congressman Tim Scott, R-S.C., to the Senate could help Republicans and the Tea Party among African-Americans.</p><p>Scott will succeed <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/mitch-mcconnell-praises-jim-demints-uncompromising-service">retiring Sen. Jim DeMint,</a> who is leaving for the Heritage Foundation. The appointment will make Scott the only black senator in the chamber next year.</p><p>As observers note, Scott's prominence is due in large part to the Tea Party wave that elected him in 2010.</p><p>From <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2012/12/18/167492919/south-carolinas-new-senator-a-tea-party-favorite-staunch-obama-critic?sc=tw&amp;cc=share">NPR</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Scott touts a Tea Party message of drastically smaller government, and beyond that he has endeared himself to many conservatives with his willingness to criticize President Obama. Tue, 18 Dec 2012 15:57:37 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 3021 at http://wfpl.org Rand Paul: Tim Scott Appointment Will Help GOP, Tea Party Among Black Voters Rand Paul Promotes Compromise As GOP Senate Takeover Chances Dwindle http://wfpl.org/post/rand-paul-promotes-compromise-gop-senate-takeover-chances-dwindle <p>As Election Day nears, it’s becoming less clear who will hold the Senate majority next year.</p><p>Earlier this year, most pundits were ready to hand over the keys to the U.S. Senate to Kentucky’s senior senator, Mitch McConnell.</p><p>But now, a GOP takeover looks less likely. “I know there are four or five seats we think we can pick up, there are two or three we have to hang onto. We might lose one or two of the ones we have to hang onto, but then we might pick up three or four," says Senator Rand Paul.</p> Sun, 07 Oct 2012 17:00:01 +0000 Kenny Colston 1908 at http://wfpl.org Rand Paul Promotes Compromise As GOP Senate Takeover Chances Dwindle