Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) hit back at members of his own party on Tuesday, accusing Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) of being “essentially the lapdogs for President Obama” on foreign policy.
Paul, who has clashed with the GOP establishment more than once, was responding to attacks coming from both senators. Graham said Paul is “more wrong than right” and even weaker than Obama on foreign policy. Further, McCain asserted that the presidential candidate “just doesn’t understand” foreign policy.
Paul responded harshly on Fox News, saying, “This comes from a group of people wrong about every policy issue over the last couple decades.”
"I’ll give you a couple examples where they support the president’s foreign policy and I don’t: They supported Hillary Clinton’s war in Libya; they supported President Obama’s bombing of Assad; they also support President Obama’s foreign aid to countries that hate us. So if there is anyone who is most opposed to President Obama’s foreign policy, it’s me,” Paul added. “People who call loudest to criticize me are great proponents of President Obama’s foreign policy — they just want to do it ten times over.”
He also claimed he is the “only one actually standing up and saying the war in Libya was a mistake; the bombing of Assad would make ISIS stronger; the arms to the Islamic rebels would make ISIS stronger.”
“So I’m really the one standing up to President Obama. And these people are essentially the lapdogs for President Obama and I think they’re sensitive about that,” Paul added.
The senator described himself as a “Reagan Republican” who believes in “peace through strength” and a strong national defense. He also accused his colleagues of favoring a “disjointed, confusing and chaotic” foreign policy.
“[P]eople need to reexamine those who want to be involved with any war. I think we get involved when there’s an American interest. I think we have to militarily stop ISIS. But i’m sad that ISIS got a lot of weapons from interventionists in my party and the president who gave them weapons indirectly,” he said.