Tonight on Fox News, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) told host Sean Hannity why he thinks the wavering House Republicans should vote to kill the Boenher debt ceiling plan. According to the latest ThinkProgress whip count, there are 26 reported “no” votes (too many for the bill to pass), and several undecided votes. Noting that Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) has made clear that the bill won’t pass the Senate, Paul warned House Republicans: “why lose your principles by voting for [the Boehner debt bill]“:
PAUL: Here’s the other problem for conservative members in the House: the Tea Party doesn’t want this. The conservative Republicans in the country, the grassroots doesn’t want this. If you vote for the Boehner plan, it’s not going to become law. It truly is dead on arrival over here. There’s going to be an amalgamation of the Boehner plan and the Reid plan and they will force it through with a lot of Democrat votes and a few Republican votes so if you’re going to send the Boehner plan over here, you’re abdicating what you stood for in the last election.
HANNITY: So then tell me. You think you know the final outcome, what I’m listening to you say here. What are you telling people tonight ultimately what the final outcome going to be?
PAUL: The Boehner plan is not going to be law so why lose your principles by voting for it?