The first Republican presidential primary debate is scheduled to appear on Fox News this Thursday evening, and Sen. Rand Paul says viewers should watch for clear differences to emerge between himself and his GOP competitors.
The Washington Post reports:
The first Republican debate of the 2016 presidential campaign, said Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, will be between him and people who “want to blow up the world.” The showdown Thursday night will pit him against opponents who will “send half a million of your sons and daughters back” to Iraq. He vowed that he will ask his Republican presidential rivals, face to face, whether they “want to always intervene in every civil war around the world.”
“I want to be known as the candidate who’s not eager for war, who thinks war’s the last resort,” Paul said on a weekend swing through Iowa. “When we fight, we fight to win, but much of our involvement has led to consequences that made us less safe. You’ll see that come into sharp distinction.”
Frankly, I hope Paul is right: Nothing would delight me more than to hear a clear voice for a responsible foreign policy of diplomacy, fiscal conservatism, peace, and minding our own business on the Republican debate stage. There is no doubt that the neoconservative end of the foreign policy spectrum will already be well-represented as most of the contenders boringly attempt to out-hawk one another left and right.