Mike Lee Blasts ‘Unfair’ Foreign Policy Attack Ads Against Rand Paul

Rand Paul
The Associated Press

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) believes the foreign policy attack ads accusing Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) of being weak and to the left of President Barack Obama on Iran are “unfair.”

On the day Paul announced his candidacy, the Foundation for a Secure and Prosperous American spent $1 million on ads in early primary states like Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina that depicted Paul as a “dangerous” politician who “doesn’t understand” the Iran threat.

“It was really unfortunate and unfair that he was hit by these people who are saying Rand Paul is to the left of Barack Obama on questions of foreign policy,” Lee reportedly said at a Christian Science Monitor Breakfast on Friday. “It just didn’t strike me as a fair argument.”

Paul addressed the ads in a CNN appearance, saying that he has been “one of the leading proponents saying that any agreement that we come to with Iran has to come back and be voted on by Congress.”

“I’ve been saying repeatedly that I’m skeptical for the main reason that Iran’s foreign minister is now tweeting out in English that the agreement doesn’t mean what President Obama says the agreement means,” he said.

Paul then blasted the “neocon community,” alleging that the “neoconservatives have really never met a war they didn’t like.”

“In reality, the neocons have been with President Obama on the war in Libya. They’ve been with President Obama on wanting to bomb Assad. And they were really also for taking out Hussein. Everything they have been for over the last decade has really been to make America less safe and to make the region more chaotic,” Paul declared. “I think we could have a good intellectual debate about this, but attack ads like this that are mostly untrue if not entirely false probably don’t serve the public very well.”