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Kentucky — Freshman Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) took to the Senate floor Wednesday to deliver a maiden speech that compared the momentous task of 19th century abolitionists to the Tea Party’s proclaimed duty of ensuring that Washington addresses its spending habits.

Paul drew historical references from the dais, comparing himself not to the famous Kentucky senator Henry Clay, the lifelong slave owner and “Great Compromiser” who once occupied his Senate seat, but to his cousin, Cassius Clay, a diehard abolitionist who refused to compromise in his quest to end slavery.

“Those activists who didn’t compromise — [William Lloyd] Garrison, Wendell Phillips, Frederick Douglas, Cassius Clay — are heroes because they said slavery was wrong and they would not compromise,” Paul said.

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