Noise & Notes Politics

Returning from Washington for the congressional recess, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has scheduled his first town hall meeting with constituents on Tuesday.

The event will be held at City Hall in Hartford, Ky., 116 East Washington Street at 2 p.m. CDT. It is expected Paul will address the contentious debt ceiling debate that embroiled Congress for the past month and the deal that was reached a week ago, which the Tea Party favorite voted against.

A new poll shows the negative perception of the Tea Party is on the rise as a result of the gridlock and U.S. credit downgrade, but Kentucky’s junior Senator issued a statement Monday pushing back at what he calls misplaced “mud-slinging and finger-pointing” at the group.

From Paul’s office:

“Blaming the Tea Party for America’s debt crisis and downgrade is like blaming the fireman for fires.

The Tea Party has been fighting for a serious solution that would rescue our finances through immediate spending cuts, spending caps and most importantly, a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution. With the support of the Tea Party, I offered the only solution that could have prevented our downgrade with our Cut, Cap and Balance plan.

While Democrats would like to lay blame on the Tea Party for the current economic failure, it is their President who has failed in leadership, failed to lower unemployment, failed to rescue our economy, failed to prevent a downgrade of our debt, and failed to control spending.”

Paul will also be joining Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in Owensboro, Ky. earlier that day with members of the Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs.