On Thursday, Rand Paul launched a counterattack from the U.S.S. Yorktown in South Carolina. He’s facing head-on strikes from everywhere in the media as a newly minted presidential candidate. The tough questions on foreign policy are coming out as well as the attack ads. (These ads, by the way, were strategically timed to air during the National Stand With Rand Tour. Oh, and the attacks also have connections to Bush World, according to Breitbart. What happened to being more covert?)
One of the true tests of Rand’s 2016 presidential campaign will be how he balances between appealing to the hawks of his party and staying true to the libertarian ideals that lie at his core. Perhaps South Carolina State Senator Tom Davis says it best when he describes Rand Paul as a “classical Republican.”
— Ashley D. Bell (@AshleyBellR) April 9, 2015
It’s about being the kind of Republican that goes back to the true safety of our nation and our people, our sons and daughters. Protecting America was at the heart of Paul’s speech on a WWII aircraft carrier in SC, and that means considering “questions of war with a solemn and profound deliberation”.
The world is a dangerous place. We need to be safe but we also need a sharp eye on how much blood and resources that costs us. It’s that life or death difference between having, as Rand Paul said on Thursday, “the wisdom to know when war is necessary and when war is not.” This isn’t a stance that says leave the United States at the mercy of the world while we retreat inside a bubble; it’s one that calculates with conservative realism.
WATCH: Senator Rand Paul’s Foreign Policy Speech at U.S.S. Yorktown, SC
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