“Stand With Rand.” That’s Sen. Rand Paul’s main slogan as he launches his campaign for the White House. He’s holding a “Stand With Rand” rally in his home state of Kentucky on Tuesday and is holding another “Stand With Rand” rally in New Hampshire, the traditional first primary state, on Wednesday. It’s an unfortunate choice of words, because it underscores the chief problem with his candidacy. For the life of me, I can’t figure out what he really believes — where he really stands, especially when it comes to foreign policy.

At a January forum with fellow Republican Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, Paul challenged his colleagues’ hawkish showboating on Iran: “Are you ready to send ground troops into Iran? Are you ready to bomb them? Are you ready to send in 100,000 troops? I’m a big fan of … trying the diplomatic option as long as we can. If it fails, I will vote to resume sanctions and I would vote to have new sanctions. But if you do it in the middle of negotiations, you’re ruining it.”

 

Two months later, he was “ruining it” by putting his signature on an open letter to the Iranian leadership. Authored by arch-neoconservative Sen. Tom Cotton, the letter basically told Tehran that a Republican in the White House would nullify any deal negotiated by the Obama administration.

 

Read the rest via ‘Stand with Rand’ Paul? But where, exactly? – LA Times.

 

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