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Rand Paul: Compromise on Spending, Not Taxes

Tea Party Senator-Elect Wants to Cut Gov't, Reduce Federal Workforce by 10%, But Would Not Compromise on Tax Breaks

(CBS) Newly-elected Tea Party Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky said he will not compromise with the Democrats on the issue of tax cuts, but that he will negotiate efforts to reduce federal spending.

"Really the compromise is where you find the reductions in spending. I don't think the compromise is in raising taxes," Paul said on CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday.

This signals Paul's hardline stance on the issue, although as Senator-elect he will not arrive in Congress in time for the lame duck session that will convene Monday, when the House and Senate will vote on whether to extend the Bush tax cuts, which are set to expire by the end of the year. Paul will take office on January 3.

If he had a vote, Paul made it clear that he will not be for making a compromise, although both Democrats and Republicans have been working to come up with one.