There is no love lost between Republican Senators John McCain and Rand Paul, but earlier today their usual bickering turned into all-out war when McCain accused his Republican colleague of serving Russian interests and working for Vladimir Putin.
In a Senate debate, Rand objected to a bill that would support the tiny nation of Montenegro’s application to join NATO. McCain noted his objection, but said that those opposing the bill are “achieving the objectives of Vladimir Putin … trying to dismember this small country which has already been the subject an attempted coup.”
Then McCain went for the jugular: “If they object, they are now carrying out the desires and ambitions of Vladimir Putin, and I do not say that lightly.”
Shortly afterwards, Rand walked out in protest.
McCain, furious, doubled down on his claim:
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.