October 10th, 2012
09:12 PM ET

Sen. Rand Paul calls out Romney on Middle East, defense spending

At a major foreign policy speech in Virginia, Mitt Romney laid out an aggressive new position on Syria Monday, saying that as president, he would want to see that Syrian rebels "who share our values" are armed with the help of the United States.

Sen. Rand Paul calls for an end to U.S. aid to Libya, Egypt and Pakistan: "We are bankrupt"

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) is a strong supporter of the Republican presidential candidate, but disagrees with his stance on the Middle East and defense spending.

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Rand Paul: Romney's wrong on Middle East, defense spending

This week, I will campaign for Gov. Mitt Romney. I believe this election will and should be about moving America back from the edge of the abyss on which we stand, where our debt and spending threaten to overwhelm and drown us. Romney's belief in free markets, limited government and trade make him the clear choice to lead our country come January.

I do not, however, support a call for intervention in Syria. And, if such intervention were being contemplated, it is absolutely necessary that Congress give any such authority to the president. No president, Republican or Democrat, has the unilateral power to take our nation to war without the authority of the legislature.

At times, I have been encouraged by Romney's foreign policy. I agree with his call to end the war in Afghanistan sooner rather than later and with his skepticism of, and call for reform in, foreign aid, but I am a bit dismayed by his foreign policy speech Monday, titled "Mantle of Leadership."

Romney chose to criticize President Obama for seeking to cut a bloated Defense Department and for not being bellicose enough in the Middle East, two assertions with which I cannot agree.


Filed under: 2012 Election • International • Libya • News • Pakistan
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  1. bill the greek

    I am going to vote for Obama, All the world is unemployeed. Is it Obamas fault. Spain, Greece, france, and others..Is it Obamsa fault or our Banks...I do ot see congress getting any of the blame...

    October 13, 2012 at 1:26 am | Reply
  2. Joey at Purdue Univ

    I agree with him on some of the fiscal responsibility stuff, but the whole Christian vs. Muslim lens thru which he's talking about the whole Middle East conflict seemed pretty off base. As former clandestine officer Gust Avrakotos once said, "America doesn't fight religious wars. That's why I like living there."

    October 10, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Reply

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