Rand Paul to Tea Party: ‘We Can Disagree with the President Without Calling Him Names’

Rand Paul spoke at a tea party event on Thursday, and in what was clearly a veiled reference to recent remarks by Ted Nugent, Paul said conservatives need to tone down the rhetoric and critique President Obama without resorting to calling him names. When Nugent was on CNN earlier this week, he pledged to stop calling people names so he can get right down to the point instead of having it mired up in word usage.

Paul argued that over-the-top, derogatory language has no place in American politics, and disagreement with Obama can be done respectfully.

“There are times, and I don’t think it is our movement, but there are times when people are using language that shouldn’t be used. I recently criticized someone for using some of that language. I’m not going to bring it up, but I will say, we can disagree with the president without calling him names.”

He went on to say that he disagrees with Obama a lot, “but I don’t call him names, and I’m polite to him when I meet him.”

Paul was one of the first Republicans to denounce Nugent’s remarks about Obama and called on him to apologize.

Listen to his remarks below:

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