Rand Paul promises President Obama a "civil discourse"

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.

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