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Rand Paul Goes After House GOP Leadership For 'Purging' Conservatives

12/06/2012 04:44 pm 16:44:58 | Updated Dec 07, 2012

Add Rand Paul to the list of conservatives currently furious at the House Republican leadership.

Speaking on the Peter Schiff radio show on Thursday, the Republican senator from Kentucky reacted to the recent removal of four GOP lawmakers from powerful House committees, arguing that they were purged because they stood up for conservative principles. He added that the move revealed the "true colors of people."

Paul also warned that if anyone responsible for the decision runs for president, they will be held accountable.

We had a couple Congressmen who stood up and said you know what, the Paul Ryan budget doesn't balance for 28 years, and so for voting against the Republican establishment budget, they were purged. These same Congressmen also voted for the five-year balanced budget that the conservatives put out.

So, basically if you believe in the balanced budget amendment, which says we balance in five years, you're purged. If you believe, oh, we'll slow down the rate of growth -- maybe -- over the rate of 28 years when many in Congress won't even be living, you'll be purged.

It shows the true colors of people. I don't know if any of these people want to run for president. Maybe they're gonna have to explain why they purged people from their committees who want to balance the budget.

On Tuesday, the GOP leadership booted two representatives off the House Budget Committee. Reps. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) and Tim Huelskamp (R-Kansas), both Tea Party favorites, were the only representatives to vote against Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) budget this year, arguing that it did not cut spending enough.

Two other members, Reps. David Schweikert (R-Ariz.) and Walter Jones (R-N.C.), lost their positions on the Financial Services Committee.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has stated that his purge had nothing to do with the members' ideology. Rather, they were booted from their committees for their frequent refusal to toe the GOP party line.

Listen to Paul's comments below:

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