Despite portrayals that his foreign-policy stance is out of line with most in his party, Rand Paul insists his approach is within the Republican mainstream. Along with public opinion behind him, the Kentucky senator, who has been described as a having a “non-interventionist” stance, said on Fox News Sunday that many of his Republican colleagues agreed with him on the issues of Syria and Ukraine.
He also pointed to former leading Republicans as sharing his views on international issues. “I see my foreign policy in the same line as what came out of probably the first George Bush,” Paul said. He also cited similarities between his approach and that of Ronald Reagan and Henry Kissinger.
Overall, the effort to paint his as weak on foreign policy is all part of political gamesmanship. “I think those that would try to argue that somehow I’m different from the mainstream Republican opinion are people who want to take advantage for their own personal political gain,” he said.