BOWLING GREEN, KY (AP) - Tea party darling Rand Paul says he
has assured President Barack Obama that he will engage in "a
polite, civil discourse" when he arrives in Washington next month
as Kentucky's newest U.S. senator.
Paul had made Obama the key figure in his election campaign,
criticizing many of the Democratic president's policies and
initiatives. Obama reached out to Paul on Tuesday in a telephone
call that the Bowling Green eye surgeon described as cordial.
Paul defeated Democrat Jack Conway in a contentious general
election that Republicans pitched as a referendum on the Obama
Paul replaces retiring Republican Jim Bunning, a 79-year-old
former major league pitcher who opted not to seek a third term.