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Fri Jan 25, 2013, 09:01 PM

Rubio and Paul Embody Conservative Debate Over Foreign Policy.

Both were propelled into the Senate in 2010 by the passion of the Tea Party movement. Both are possible contenders for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. And both are now trying to develop their commander in chief credentials through their seats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where they had high-profile opportunities this week to engage on the big issues of the moment.

But Senator Marco Rubio of Florida and Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky are a study in contrasts when it comes to national security policy, embodying a broader debate within the conservative movement.

Mr. Rubio is challenging the strain of isolationism emanating from some grass-roots conservatives and building a reputation as an internationalist willing to deploy American power – he has advocated greater American support for the anti-Assad forces in Syria, criticized President Obama for not sustaining a sufficient American commitment in Libya and suggested that the only way to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons might be military action. . .

Mr. Paul eschews the isolationist label attached to him by his association with his father, former Representative Ron Paul of Texas, whose antiwar, inward-turning stances defined his national reputation. But Senator Paul nonetheless reflects the deep suspicion about global entanglements evident among libertarians and some Tea Party adherents, and in some ways is a perfect foil for Mr. Rubio’s efforts to position himself as a moderate, mainstream leader of a new generation of Republican leaders on foreign policy.

Mr. Paul questions the value of foreign aid and the need for permanent overseas military bases. He is calling for more restrictions on presidential power to wage war, opposes American involvement in Syria and is noticeably less hawkish toward Iran than many of his fellow Republicans. As the lone member of the Senate to vote against a resolution last fall declaring that Iran could never acquire a nuclear weapon, he said, “A vote for this resolution is a vote for the concept of pre-emptive war.”


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TwilightGardener Jan 2013 #1

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Fri Jan 25, 2013, 10:00 PM

1. I love how the media is trying to make these jackwagons look Presidential.

Neither of them have any deep thoughts or philosophies on foreign policy.

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