But the Tea Party darling offered his sympathies for the Texas Republican, noting that he too understands what it’s like to be at the bottom of a political pile-on. And in a re-airing of a critique he made weeks earlier, he accused the White House of taking too tough a tone with the oil giant.
“I don’t know about that,” Paul said, when asked about Barton’s statement during an appearance on WVLK-AM radio on Friday. “I don’t want to pile on him… I know what that feels like. What I will say is I have never liked the tone of the president when he said things or his administration says things like he is going to put the boot on the throat of BP… If we put BP out of business, they can’t pay for the cleanup.”