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Tough questions for US Senator Rand Paul

"We voted on it this morning," U.S. Senator Rand Paul told FOX19. "All the Democrats, including Harry Reid voted against it and we actually said we would work with the President on a compromise on the cuts and caps as long as we got a balanced budget amendment."

The Senator talked with FOX19 about the debt debate in Washington.

The Tea Party hosted a special party tonight in Northern Kentucky, celebrating it's two-year-anniversary tonight, with Senator Paul as the special guest speaker.

The private reception and fundraiser had an at-capacity crows, around 500 people, inside the Holiday Inn in Erlanger.

Here at FOX19, we're committed to covering all sides of an issue and that includes asking some tough questions of our government officials.

FOX19's own Stefano DiPietrantonio was there and spoke with Senator Paul.

He covered the big top story of the night, the debt ceiling, which he was more than happy to talk about.

He also talked infrastructure and the best solution for the Brent Spence Bridge.

And finally, he commented on the mess at the Kentucky Speedway, which became a source of national embarrassment for his home state.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called the debt-ceiling legislation, "about as weak and senseless as anything that has ever come on this Senate floor," how do you respond to that?

"Well," Paul said. "I guess he doesn't remember the Fugitive Slave Act. If Harry Reid wants to criticize 75-percent of the Americans, who are for a balanced budget amendment, let him bring it on."

"Somebody asked me why are you here? Why aren't you still there in Washington working hard on it?," we asked.

"Harry Reid doesn't have any agenda, I mean, we brought the agenda to the floor, a proposal to raise the debt ceiling through significant cuts, statutory caps, and a balanced budget amendment, we voted on it this morning," Paul said.

Since Kentucky and Ohio share responsibility for the Brent Spence Bridge, what would you suggest be done to make it safer for drivers, until the entire thing is replaced?

"I don't know what the temporary solution is," Paul said. "But I think we don't have enough money for everything, and so I think for example, we're still spending over a hundred billion dollars a year in Iraq and Afghanistan and now in Libya, bring some of that money home, so we can fix things like the Brent Spence Bridge."

Finally, something people are still fuming over and that was the debacle at the Kentucky Speedway. What were your constituents saying to you about it? People said it was embarrassing to have such a huge event, were you at the race?

"I wanted to be but couldn't be there that day, but I'm kind of glad I wasn't in the traffic jam," Paul said. "The Speedway's a great thing for Northern Kentucky, but it won't be a great thing if you can't get people in and out of it, so our roads are important, once again, it gets back to prioritizing where we spend our money and we can have more money for fixing our infrastructure, if we're not giving away so much overseas."

We asked you jokingly about the hair last time, "superstition says you can tell a politician's true slant, by which side he parts his hair on, the right or the left."

"It's just a mess," Paul joked back in March. "That's all I can say."

What's the heat and humidity doing to you now?," we laughed.

"I'm not even sweating at all, it's just your hard questions that are making me break out in a sweat!," the Senator laughed.

He has a terrific sense of humor, but in all seriousness, he said there is still a tremendous amount of work left to do to fix the debt ceiling, with no signs of a deal in sight yet, on the Senate floor. 

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