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By Keith Laing – 01/23/12 01:24 PM ET
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The White House is standing by the Transportation Security Administration in its standoff with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and his father, Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas).

The elder Paul called the TSA a “police state” Monday after Rand Paul was reportedly detained by TSA after he refused to take a pat-down from TSA officials at the Nashville International Airport.

White House press secretary Jay Carney said Monday that he didn’t have any reaction to Paul’s “police state” comments.

But Carney sided with the TSA saying, “I think it is absolutely essential that we take necessary actions to ensure that air travel is safe.”

Ron Paul-“One of the ultimate embodiments of this is the TSA that gropes and grabs our children, our seniors, and our loved ones and neighbors with disabilities,” he continued. “The TSA does all of this while doing nothing to keep us safe. That is why my ‘Plan to Restore America,’ in additional to cutting $1 trillion dollars in federal spending in one year, eliminates the TSA.”

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Via: WLWT:

GOP presidential hopeful Ron Paul said his son, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, has been detained by security at the Nashville airport.

“My son Rand is currently being detained by the TSA at the Nashville Airport. I’ll share more details as the situation unfolds,” the elder Paul posted on his Facebook page.

Sen. Paul’s communication director Moira Bagley said Paul called her to say he’d been detained. An airport spokeswoman later confirmed the incident to WSMV-TV.

CNN reported that Rand Paul was detained after refusing to allow a pat-down after the body scanner went off.