Sen.-elect Rand Paul (R-Ky.) sported a Tea Party lapel pin on Thursday morning during an appearance on Fox News.

The newly-elected conservative wore a penny painted red on his lapel during the national television appearance, meant to symbolize that he's not willing to spend "one red cent more."

"That's 'not one red cent more,' " Paul explained on Fox News during an appearance with his father, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), who appeared amused by his son's subtle statement.

"The Louisville Tea Party came up with that, and we say they've taken all of our money, and we don't have one red cent more to send them in Washington," the younger Paul added.

It's not clear whether or not Paul will trade in his Tea Party statement for the congressional pins issued to lawmakers to symbolize their status in the halls of Congress.