Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) tonight clarified "mean-spirited" remarks he made about Dick Cheney several years ago.

Sean Hannity asked Paul about a suggestion he made years ago that Cheney’s support for the war in Iraq may have been to help Halliburton.

Paul said that he made these remarks before he was involved in politics, calling his comments “probably over the top and mean-spirited.”


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“I shouldn’t have questioned his motives or patriotism. I think he wants what’s best for the country,” he said. “But he’s part of a group of Republicans that really believe that war is the answer and don’t, I think, have an adequate belief in peace and deterrence through strength.”

Hannity also asked Paul whether the U.S. made a mistake going into Iraq or if it was wrong not to keep forces there after the surge.

“There is one truth in the Middle East […] when we have toppled secular dictators, we have gotten chaos and we’ve gotten the rise of radical Islam,” Paul said.

The Kentucky senator and 2016 contender also explained his position on drones. He explained that he’s not against drones as a military weapon. However, he said that the government does not have the right to drop a drone on Americans, who are innocent until proven guilty.