Rand Paul: McCain doesn't always respect me
March 8th, 2013
04:24 PM ET
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Rand Paul: McCain doesn't always respect me

(CNN) – Disparagement from members of his own party has Sen. Rand Paul recalling the golden rule: treat others as you would like to be treated.

Responding to Sen. John McCain's condemnation of his thirteen hour filibuster, Paul said Friday that while "I treat Sen. McCain with respect, I don't know if I always get the same in return."

Paul was speaking on The Mike Huckabee radio show. Earlier in the day, McCain told The Huffington Post that Paul, along with Sen. Ted Cruz - who assisted in Wednesday's filibuster - was a "wacko bird" that could taint American's impressions of the GOP.

"I think it can be harmful if there is a belief among the American people that those people are reflective of the views of the majority of Republicans. They're not," he told the website.

That was after McCain took to the floor of the Senate to publically chastise Paul for the marathon speaking session, which held up the confirmation of John Brennan to become CIA director. Paul and his allies were seeking answers on the Obama's administration's use of unmanned drones.

"All I can say is that I don't think that what happened yesterday is helpful to the American people," the Arizona Republican said on the Senate floor. McCain, along with fellow Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, were skeptical of Paul's claim that the Obama administration was dodging the question of whether or not Americans could be killed by drones within the United States.

The reprimands from McCain drew a perplexed reaction from Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker and 2012 GOP presidential candidate.

"I don't know what's happened to John McCain but I find it very sad," Gingrich said on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."

"I'm really disappointed in John McCain, and I'm very saddened by it," Gingrich continued. "McCain in his younger years was a great maverick. He took on his party all the time."

Paul shrugged the rebukes off Friday, saying his critics were "on the wrong side of history."

While he praised McCain for his heroism during the Vietnam War, Paul was adamant that it didn't make his colleague correct.

"He deserves respect for spending years and years in prison in the Vietnam War. But I would say that it doesn't mean that his ideas always trump everybody else's ideas," he said.

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soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. Richard Miller

    Hey, I don't respect either one of you. One is a whining boy and the other is a senile old man-both do not belong where they are. My feeling go for just about the rest of the congresspersons-over paid, lazy, egomanics. Respect is something you cannot demand-YOU HAVE TO EARN IT!

    March 8, 2013 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  2. Respect101

    So many of you are fools. Talking about no respect. He stood up for what was right, that's enough. Oh, and don't forget he was elected to that position by you guessed it, respect.. elected

    March 8, 2013 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  3. GI Joe

    Earn it. And stop the pity party crap.

    March 8, 2013 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  4. Alex

    Man, you liberals really are awful people. Read through the comment section of these articles is some of the most hateful stuff I've ever read. How awful is your life that you take it out on a guy who simply spoke up about an issue a great many of us are concerned about. For shame. Saddening really.

    March 8, 2013 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  5. Maria Rivera-Carvalho

    McCain has that in common with every sane, balanced American of any political persuasion.

    March 8, 2013 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  6. Woman In California

    Both are crazy and both deserve zero respect from the American people. Although, I will admit, the Paul's edge out McCain in the crazy department. They are undeniable lunatics.

    @ Lynda/Minnesota
    Thanks for your compliment earlier today. I enjoy your posts as well.

    March 8, 2013 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  7. rs

    Although Rand Paul is an idiot and deserves no respect (given his positions on any number of social issues), he shouldn't take criticism from McCain to heart- McCain lately hates everyone and everything.

    March 8, 2013 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  8. Jinx9to88

    Just like Lindsey Graham said "where was all these question and issues about drones when Bush was in office?" I cant stand Lindsey Graham but he has a point. Typical Repub!!! Pathetic.

    March 8, 2013 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  9. MaryM

    And the Republican infighting continues. The fringe tea party will split from the GOP and both will be a minor party.

    March 8, 2013 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  10. matt

    i'm really starting to wonder what mccain is adding to the gop. if he didn't agree w paul here, that's fine. talk to him privately. this was a petty move.

    March 8, 2013 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  11. db

    It's not so much that McCain doesn't respect you, Senator Paul, it's more that McCain fears you! Senator Paul is exactly what this country needs if we're ever going to fix the mess we're now in.

    March 8, 2013 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  12. Essie

    Nooooooooo way, will Rand Paul be elected president!!!! He vehemently disrepected the president stating that foolishness on the House floor! I might not agree with McCain for his boorish, petty ways; but McCain is right on this one! Rand was absolutely wrong for that shindig!!

    March 8, 2013 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  13. LIBERTY13

    Rand Paul showed America yesterday that we do have a few good people in DC. A breath of fresh air just blew into the Senate.

    March 9, 2013 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  14. Randy, San Francisco

    Republicans have only themselves to blame for the intra-party fighting. They excluded minorities, gays, young, and women but embraced a libertarian like Paul.

    March 9, 2013 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  15. paul reynolds

    The point of the sane Republicon establishment is to disagree with Paul and the Tea Party for constantly holding our U.S. Government Hostage with demands against our President to state that citizen "American Terrorists", like McVeigh, must be never hindered but fully immune from all attacks because "Citizens have a right to commit acts of Terror against their Government?" – when they are on the same side as the Tea party who also exists to de-fund, de-stabilize, dismantle and destroy our own U.S. Goverment and hurt Americans..!?

    March 9, 2013 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  16. jay

    The Obama love is just pathetic with Democrats. You will put up with absolutely anything he does. The "anti-war" "pro-civil rights" left does NOT exist. If there was a group of Democrats with courage they would be voicing opinions against what is pretty much Bush's 3rd and 4th Term. You are a bunch of party hacks with no backbone what so ever. All you do is bash the other party. It is all about points in a game. Bush's drone policy is dwafed by Obama's.

    March 9, 2013 02:22 am at 2:22 am |
  17. Gonzo

    Mr. Paul: I'm a former Republican, and new Independent, and it's people like YOU who are responsible for the party's lack of direction and general idiocy. That's right, I don't respect you either, idiot!! What have you accomplished, other than shoot your mouth off every day like you were some kind of great statesman that should be listened to??

    March 9, 2013 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
  18. Charlotte

    That's OK, Rand – for the most part, neither do the rest of us.

    March 9, 2013 03:56 am at 3:56 am |
  19. Anonymous

    It seems that nobody in the political circle has respect for one another! This is why they get nothing accomplished in DC!

    March 9, 2013 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  20. dcj

    This page is filled with people who truly DO NOT GET IT! The POINT was not that Rand Paul thought that Obama was going to kill you. This began with the use of drones on Americans overseas. Paul's question was about the line between due process and the ability of the executive branch to act with impunity in the name of national security. He gave them a softball question. "you would agree that you can't launch on an American on American soil?" If the administration had said "absolutely correct, we cannot." THEN the question would have been about when it is appropriate to kill an American overseas without due process. (a much more nuanced conversation) But the administration kept dodging the question! At that point the issue became getting the Executive branch of our government to admit to ANY kind of limitation to its power. And by the way he included G W Bush in his criticism! Quite frankly I am amazed at the liberals who would criticize Paul for this!

    March 9, 2013 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  21. jonnyg

    The days of the RINO's like McCain are numbered

    March 9, 2013 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  22. Clarke

    One earns respect, it isn't just handed out. Poor baby!

    March 9, 2013 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  23. Maria Rivera-Carvalho

    McCain has that in common with every rational American of all political persuasions.

    March 9, 2013 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  24. WeWillSee

    I respect them both for their positions and to be honest I hadnt heard of Rand Paul until the filibuster. It did spark my curiosity about him though and I am going to read what he is all about in the coming months. Im not a "whacko-bird" and I had questions concerning the use of drones on american soil, so I dont think Pauls questions were that out of sync. His filibuster was a radical move, but thats what our country was founded on and all of our countries forefathers were viewed as radicals, ha they're turning over in their graves looking at the condition our country is in today!

    March 9, 2013 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  25. SK in VA

    "He doesn't always respect me." Wah, wah. Do something that deserves respect and you tend to get it from our generation, young man. Stand on the Senate floor for hours touting nonsense like "well, what if Obama decided to drone attack Jane Fonda?" and you get none. You're a loon, Sen. Paul.

    March 9, 2013 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
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