Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh reacted to news that Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) might have been detained by the Transportation and Security Administration (TSA) by saying that it would have made more sense if they detained his father, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX).


"Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul has been detained by the TSA at the Nashville airport," Limbaugh announced on his show Monday. "Now if this had been Ron Paul, you couldn't really blame the TSA."

"You have to admit Ron Paul almost sounds like an Islamic terrorist sometimes," he added with a chuckle.

In a statement to Raw Story, TSA spokesman Michael S. McCarthy disputed the younger Paul’s story.

“The passenger was not detained at any point,” McCarthy said. “The passenger triggered an alarm during routine airport screening and refused to complete the screening process in order to resolve the issue.”

“Passengers, as in this case, who refuse to comply with security procedures are denied access to the secure gate area. He was escorted out of the screening area by local law enforcement.”

McCarthy added that Paul “has since rebooked on another flight and was rescreened without incident.”

Watch this video from The Rush Limbaugh Show, clipped by Media Matters on Jan. 23, 2012.