The Wisconsin victory was a point of pride for many Republican speakers at CPAC Chicago, an the event hosted by the American Conservative Union. Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonTrump spars with GOP lawmakers on steel tariffs Overnight Regulation: Trump unveils budget | Sharp cuts proposed for EPA, HHS | Trump aims to speed environmental reviews | Officials propose repealing most of methane leak rule Trump budget seeks savings through ObamaCare repeal MORE (R-Wis.), who spoke immediately after Paul, said Wisconsin was "a model" of turning a traditionally blue state GOP red.
Paul, who earlier in the day officially endorsed Mitt Romney as the GOP nominee, delivered what amounted to a stump speech against Obama.
He mocked calls for compromise between Republicans and Democrats, asking, "How do you negotiate, how do you compromise with someone who doesn't show up?" and scolded those calling for politicians to join hands and sing "Kumbaya.”
"It's our job to show clear contrast,” he argued, criticizing the president for a lack of “leadership.”
"We're told, like he told [Russian President Vladimir] Putin, to talk to him after the election, when he will be less restrained,” Paul said, referring to a private conversation between Obama and then-President Dmitry Medvedev caught on a live mic in March. Obama at the time said he would have “more flexibility” after the election.
“I shudder to even think about a less restrained Obama,” Paul said, listing some of what the president has touted as significant accomplishments during his first term, including the healthcare reform act hated by many conservatives.
Paul told the audience that November is the time for the American public to “stand up and say, Mr. President, you're fired.”