Rand Paul defends Bannon: Give him a chance

Rand Paul defends Bannon: Give him a chance
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Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulFauci overwhelmed by calls after journal published mistake over beagle experiments McConnell looks for way out of debt ceiling box Senators make bipartisan push to block 0M weapons sale to Saudis MORE (R-Ky.) is defending Stephen Bannon’s prominent role in the Donald TrumpDonald TrumpStowaway found in landing gear of plane after flight from Guatemala to Miami Kushner looking to Middle East for investors in new firm: report GOP eyes booting Democrats from seats if House flips MORE White House, urging people to give the former Breitbart News executive a chance.

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Bannon’s appointment to serve as President-elect Trump’s chief strategist has been met with harsh criticism from Democrats. Republicans have rushed to Bannon’s defense to counter the characterization of him as a white nationalist.

“I’ve met him. I don’t think he’s a caricature of any of these horrible things the left is bringing out about him,” Paul told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in a Tuesday interview.

“I don’t believe him to be a racist,” he continued. “I think that’s a lot of just sour grapes. Let’s give the guy a chance; let’s see how he performs.”

Paul made news earlier Tuesday for vocally opposing the idea of Trump appointing John Bolton as secretary of State.

Paul said Bolton, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, hasn't learned any lessons from the Iraq invasion and is closer to Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRepublicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves Poll: Democracy is under attack, and more violence may be the future Popping the progressive bubble MORE than Trump on many foreign policy issues.