Paul Aide Slams King: ‘He Wants Us Endlessly Patrolling the Border of Afghanistan’

by Robert Costa

Doug Stafford, the chief political adviser for Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, is firing back at Representative Peter King of New York, who told CNN on Sunday that Paul’s national-security positions are “madness.”

“This is an isolationist streak that’s in our party, it goes totally against the party of Eisenhower, Reagan, and Bush,” King said, citing Paul as the prime example. “We are a party of national defense. We are a party that did so much to protect the country over the last 12 years.”

Here’s Stafford’s email to NR:

King wants to say Senator Paul is not strong enough on defense. The opposite is true. Senator Paul is stronger and here is why: Senator Paul’s budget restored the sequester because it cut enough from other governments programs.

Senator Paul offered an amendment to pay for emergency spending by cutting foreign aid. Peter King rejected this idea.  If he had been on board with that we would have been able to redirect tens of billions of dollars home.

Senator Paul wants to come home from nation building sooner so we have more money for the actual defense of our country. Peter King wants to build bridges in Afghanistan instead of at home. He wants us endlessly patrolling the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan instead of ours at home.

Both Paul and King are considering 2016 presidential bids.

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