GOP Foreign Policy Feud: John McCain, Rick Perry Blast Rand Paul

GOP Foreign Policy Feud: John McCain, Rick Perry Blast Rand Paul

On the Sunday morning public affairs shows, Gov. Rick Perry’s (R-TX) Washington Post op-ed from Friday attacking Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-KY) “isolationist” foreign policy was a popular subject of discussion.

Paul’s chief adviser rebutted Perry by saying Perry was “mischaracterizing Paul’s foreign policy.” 

Perry answered on CBS’s “Face the Nation”: “I disagree with Senator Paul’s representation of what America should be doing. He talked about basically what I consider to be isolationist policies. America can no longer come back on to the continental United States and draw a red line around the shore of America and think that we’re somehow another not going to be impacted. We must engage and tactically, thoughtfully, using the assets that we have against ISIS to keep these individuals from being able to create an Islamic state in that part of the world that will put Jordan and put Israel’s literal future in jeopardy.”


On CNN’ “State of the Union,” Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) piled on Paul saying  “Sen. Paul is part of a wing of the party that’s been there ever since prior to World War I in our Republican Party, and that is a withdrawal to fortress America.” 

“I’m not particularly interested in getting between Sen. Paul and Gov. Perry,” McCain added. “But I do believe that the things we’re seeing in the world today, in greater turmoil than at any time in my lifetime, is a direct result of an absence of American leadership.” 

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