Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., called on the president and Congress tonight to allow the sequester --$85 billion in across the board spending cuts --to kick in on March 1, as a way to reduce the deficit.
And Paul said the looming spending cuts don't go far enough, in his Tea Party rebuttal to the president's State of the Union address.
"Not only should the sequester stand, many pundits say the sequester really needs to be at least $4 trillion," Paul said. "Both parties will have to agree to cut, or we will never fix our fiscal mess."
Paul delivered his speech right after the official GOP response from Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. He spoke at the National Press Club, which streamed the event live on its web site. Both Paul and Rubio are aligned with the Tea Party and are likely candidates for president in 2016.
Paul's speech was critical of both Democrats and Republicans.
"It is time Democrats admit that not every dollar spent on domestic programs is sacred," Paul said. "And it is time Republicans, myself included, realize that military spending is not immune to waste and fraud."
Paul also urged lawmakers to get behind immigration reform.
Via Politico and Mediaite