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“The fact that Sen. McCain was critical of elements of what Sen. Paul said is fair,” he told CNN.

“But on the other hand, I think he would respect the fact that Sen. Paul got a response from the administration on the key question of whether or not drones could be used against American citizens on American soil. And I think it’s OK to have a disagreement.”

Conservative talk radio host Laura Ingraham, appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” said, “I think Rand Paul not only sent a message to the country, but solidified himself in a 2016 run for the presidency that will shake up his party, as it deserves to be shaken up.”

One Democrat — Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon —- joined the Paul filibuster on the floor of the Senate, but since then, progressives and Democrats have joined in the praise for the Paul filibuster.

Democratic consultant Donna Brazile, appearing on CNN, said Sunday that Democrats had raised valid questions about the drone policy, “but Rand Paul, to his credit, went to the Senate well and spent 13 hours driving home this big issue.”

Mo Ellerbee, a former press secretary for Hillary Rodham Clinton and current faculty member at Georgetown University’s Public Policy Institute, wrote on CNN on Friday that Time magazine needs to rewrite its recent cover story “The Republican Savior: How Marco Rubio became the new voice of the GOP.”

“Only time will tell if the junior senator from Florida lives up to that billing, and it’s entirely possible that Time will be proven wrong,” he wrote. “But there’s one cover that the magazine could run now and be entirely confident in: “The Republican Messenger: How Rand Paul became the real voice of the GOP.”