Scarborough praises Paul: A speech 'like one conservatives used to give'

Scarborough praises Paul: A speech 'like one conservatives used to give'
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MSNBC's "Morning Joe" co-anchor Joe Scarborough praised Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulOvernight Defense: Pompeo blames Iran for oil tanker attacks | House panel approves 3B defense bill | Trump shares designs for red, white and blue Air Force One Senate rejects effort to block Trump's Qatar, Bahrain arms sales Senate rejects effort to block Trump's Qatar, Bahrain arms sales MORE (R-Ky.) on Thursday over his filibuster speech against a vote to prevent a government shutdown.

In a tweet Thursday evening, the former Republican congressman showed his support for Paul, who is demanding 15 minutes of debate and a vote on an amendment to keep budget ceilings in place. 

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"I’m hearing reports that Rand Paul is actually giving a speech that sounds like one conservatives used to give," Scarborough tweeted.

Scarborough, a former Republican representative, has been fiercely critical of Republicans in Congress in recent weeks over the party's refusal to break with President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump defends Stephanopolous interview Trump defends Stephanopolous interview Buttigieg on offers of foreign intel: 'Just call the FBI' MORE on immigration issues.

In January, the former congressman urged Democrats to hold the line and vote for a government shutdown if Republicans refused to reach a deal on legislative protections for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.

"Republicans own Washington, D.C. You should not give them a single vote in keeping the government running," Scarborough said on his MSNBC show. "That's their job. This is their government, this is their Congress, this is their presidency."

"The American people said they wanted Republicans to run Washington, D.C. Let them run Washington, D.C.," he added. "Don't give them a single vote unless they give you a clean bill on Dreamers."]

Scarborough announced last year that he was leaving the Republican Party over Trump and Republicans' reaction to his presidency.

"I am a Republican, but I'm not going to be a Republican anymore," Scarborough told Stephen Colbert during an appearance on "The Late Show."