Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and John McCain (R-AZ) don’t tend to agree on much, but today they both came out against their Republican colleague Ted Cruz’s decision to compare Obamacare to the Nazis. Speaking on the Senate floor earlier today, McCain “resoundingly” rejected Cruz’s allegation that his fellow Republicans are “appeasers.” And this afternoon on CNN, Paul also distanced himself from the analogy.
CNN’s Wolf Blitzer played video of the original comments by Cruz along with McCain’s response before asking Paul, “How awkward was that comparison to the Nazis in this current debate over Obamacare?”
“I hate Obamacare about as much as anybody,” Paul responded, “but I’m not a really big fan of either Hitler or Chamberlain comparisons, because obviously war is a different subject.” He said he’s “sensitive” to the way those analogies are thrown around and tries to avoid them.
“Obamacare’s a bad thing,” Paul continued, “and we ought to discuss it on its own merits.” At the same time, he did want to give Cruz some “leeway” given the fact that he spoke for 21 hours when Paul himself only filibustered for a mere 13.
Paul implied that Cruz was in his “20th hour” when he made the Nazi remarks, but of course, Cruz was discussing the Nazis before he’d been speaking for more than 30 minutes.
Watch video below, via CNN:
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