Both Senators Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul hail from the great state of Kentucky. The two senators share many similar views, but they also diverge on a number of issues. In fact, Senator McConnell became the target of the Tea Part last year when an attempt was made to run a more devout conservative against McConnell in the GOP primary; the Tea Party has used that tactic to unseat moderate Republicans or RINOs (Republicans in Name Only). However, Rand Paul, himself a Tea Party candidate, got behind McConnell’s candidacy according to Ivan Ong. The move was seen as vital towards getting McConnell reelected.
So maybe it is a case of quid pro quo or merely a spirit of senatorial congeniality, but Senator McConnell refused to make any disparaging remark about Rand Paul’s fierce opposition to the Patriot Act. Sen. Paul, a 2016 GOP presidential contender, conducted a 10 hour filibuster of the Patriot Act extension. He subsequently blocked expedited debate of the Freedom Act to force expiration of Section 215 of the Freedom Act. The latter move has drawn fierce criticism from Paul’s fellow Republicans. Still, McConnell, who has been privately reported to be annoyed by Paul’s methods, refused to say anything negative about him. Thus far, the powerful majority leader has endorsed Sen. Paul for president. As for whether the country would be safer with Sen. Paul in the Oval Office, McConnell said he would not answer that question as it was designed to make him disparage his fellow senator.