Most of the senators who came to the Senate floor to support Sen. Rand Paul during his filibuster yesterday came spontaneously, although a couple were called upon specifically, Paul told Glenn Beck this morning in his first interview since leaving the Senate floor early this morning.
“I was pretty amazed by the outpouring of support,” he admitted.
More than one dozen senators, mostly Republicans, showed up to help Paul extend his nearly 13-hour filibuster and give his voice a rest by asking lengthy “questions,” during which they read tweets, speeches and song lyrics.
Paul’s office called “one or two” of the senators who came to help, he said, because they have worked closely together. Paul did not name the senators, but said the rest came unasked.
“Really, most of the senators came spontaneously too,” he said. ”We called one or two that do a lot with us to help us early on, and then gradually – I’m not sure how many we had, but I think we had 15 finally show up to be supportive.”
In addition to the senators, about 15 House members came over to the Senate, where they are allowed but cannot speak on the floor. “I’ve never seen that before,” Paul said. “No one called them, they just showed up.”