Sen. Kaine Claims Rand Paul Using ‘Code’ Words in Fight Over Executive Authority

Criticism comes after Sen. Paul says he may suggest try nullifying Obama’s executive orders

Kaine: Rand Paul Using 'Code Word' on Gun Control (Weekly Standard)

Virginia senator Tim Kaine, a Democrat, told CNN's Soledad O'Brien Thursday morning that a fellow senator's recently announced effort to "nullify" Barack Obama's executive actions on gun control is a "code word."

When asked about Kentucky Republican Rand Paul's pledge to nullify the president's actions, Kaine said, "Nullification is a code word." O'Brien asked Kaine to explain what he meant by that.

"It’s a states right argument that gets used in times of great controversy," Kaine said. "The president is acting by executive power that is legally conferred on him. And as you pointed out, you went over these executive orders. They’re basic, common sense things mostly geared around information."

O'Brien tried again to clarify. "Right, but when you say nullify is a 'code word,' usually there's some end game to the code," she said. "So what's being said?"

"We’ll see what it is," Kaine said. "But the notion that we’re going to nullify a presidential action when the President is acting pursuant to law, you know, that’s just kind of this anti-government rhetoric that I’m surprised to hear somebody in government using."

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