McCain Finds Paul's Defense of Apple 'Offensive'

On Tuesday, KY Sen. Rand Paul launched a spirited defense of Apple, whose tax strategies were subject to a hearing of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. "I frankly think the committee should apologize to Apple," Paul said. Paul went on to accuse the committee of "bullying" one of America's greatest companies, prompting Sen. John McCain to quickly defend the inquiry and say that Paul's remarks were "frankly, offensive."

On Monday, the committee released a report alleging that Apple improperly sheltered $44 billion in profits overseas. Sheltering profits outside the United States, which has one of the world's highest corporate tax rates, is a common practice among US corporations. The committee's report, however, singled out Apple for increased scrutiny. 

In addition to his remarks in committee, Paul took to twitter for an epic defense of the company. 

In addition to an apparently necessary defense of free-market capitalism, Paul's remarks again brought to light how out of touch John McCain has become from the base of the party. Just over 4 years ago, he was the standard bearer of the GOP against Barack Obama, but today he reserves his harshest criticism for fellow Republican Senators Paul and Cruz. 

Say what you will about President Obama, at least we know where he stands. 

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