Rand Paul: GOP Hawks Line up With Obama’s Foreign Policy

By REBECCA BALLHAUS
Apr 12, 2015

Republican presidential candidate and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul sought on Sunday to link the more hawkish elements of his party to President Barack Obama‘s and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton‘s defense record, part of a larger effort to deflect criticism of his foreign policy positions that fall outside the GOP mainstream.

On CNN’s State of the Union Sunday, Mr. Paul cited the 2011 military intervention in Libya as an example of a foreign-policy issue on which Republican hawks were in agreement with Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton.

“The war that Hillary prominently promoted in Libya, many of the hawks in my party were right there with her,” he said. “Their only difference was in degrees. They wanted to go into Libya, as well, they just always want boots on the ground.”

“Some of the hawks in my party, you can’t find a place on the globe they don’t want boots on the ground,” he added. He said he opposed military intervention in Libya because it “made us less safe” and provided an opportunity for “radical Islam to rise up in Libya.”

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