McCain Accuses Rand Paul of Working for Putin

03/15/2017

By: Staff Reporter

Has Senator John McCain finally crossed the line? 

The war of words between John McCain and Rand Paul boiled over on Wednesday when the Arizona lawmaker directly accused his colleague of working for Russian President Vladimir Putin.

While speaking from the floor of the Senate in support of a bill advancing Montenegro’s bid to join NATO, McCain noted the objection from Rand Paul, saying that if you oppose the measure;

“You are achieving the objectives of Vladimir Putin… trying to dismember this small country which has already been the subject an attempted coup. If they object, they are now carrying out the desires and ambitions of Vladimir Putin and I do not say that lightly.”

Moments later, McCain asked for unanimous consent to move the bill forward, Paul took the mic to raise his objection before dramatically leaving the room.
In response, McCain began railing against Paul,

“I note the senator from Kentucky leaving the floor without justification or any rationale for the action he has just taken. That is really remarkable, that a senator blocking a treaty that is supported by the overwhelming number—perhaps 98, at least, of his colleagues—would come to the floor and object and walk away.”

He then directly connected Paul to the Russian government:

“The only conclusion you can draw when he walks away is he has no justification for his objection to having a small nation be part of NATO that is under assault from the Russians. So I repeat again, the Senator from Kentucky is now working for Vladimir Putin.”