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Rand Paul Tears Into Romney: If He Ran Against Trump He ‘Would Be Wiped Out’

After Senator-elect Mitt Romney released that blistering op-ed on President Donald Trump‘s lack of character, Senator Rand Paul rushed to Trump’s defense.

Paul, who criticized Trump’s character issues during the campaign, told Fox News’ Neil Cavuto this afternoon that Romney calling Trump dishonest is “not productive” and that “when you attack someone’s character like that, I think that’s such a low blow.”

“That’s a bad way for him to start in the Senate,” Paul said. “I think it’s going to spoil relations between his representation of Utah and the President.”

Cavuto pointed out to Paul his own campaign rhetoric attacking Trump. Paul argued that “things are different and the tenor is different when you’re competing for the same office in the same election.”

“Since he’s been elected president, I try not to have personal character assassination or attacks on him and I try to work with him,” Paul added.

But he believes what Romney is doing is “virtue signaling” and “puffing himself up that he’s somehow so virtuous.”

At one point Cavuto brought up the idea that Romney might be positioning for a presidential run. Paul said, “If there were an election between Donald Trump in a primary and Romney, I think Romney would be wiped out.”

You can watch above, via Fox News.

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