The Washington Times - March 10, 2013, 10:09AM

Count House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, California Republican, among Sen. Rand Paul’s fans.

Mr. Paul’s 13-hour filibuster on Thursday raised the tea party senator’s national profile — and drew sharp jabs the next day from fellow Sens. Lindsey Graham and John McCain — but Mr. McCarthy, the House’s third-ranked Republican, says Mr. Paul’s critics are just wrong.

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“What Rand Paul did on the floor this week was fantastic,” Mr. McCarthy, of California, said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”


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“I think those Republican who criticized him were wrong. And this is a place that I think the Democrats were wrong that a lot of them didn’t join with him. This was an American issue … and an idea of civil liberties. I think that’s a core belief of Republicans, and if we embrace a little more of our libertarian views, we’ll go further.”


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Mr. Paul, a longtime critic of the Obama administration’s policies related to the use of drones in targeted killings, held up for a day the confirmation of John O. Brennan as CIA director.


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