Anti-War Group Code Pink Counts Ron Paul in Their Camp on Israel Aid OppositionSubmitted by legalizeliberty on Thu, 05/19/2011 - 12:16
Politics makes for strange bedfellows. Add Code Pink and Republican Rep. Ron Paul to that list.
The vehemently anti-war group is organizing a slew of events this weekend in opposition to the United States' Israel policy, to coincide with the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Ahead of the protests, a Code Pink activist suggested the group -- at least when it comes to Israel -- is actually on the same page as Paul, a libertarian and one of the first candidates to enter the race for the GOP presidential nomination.
"The Ron Paul people are closer and closer to our talking points with each election," Code Pink activist Liz Hourican told FoxNews.com.
Hourican specifically was referring to Paul's and Code Pink's respective positions on U.S. aid to Israel -- both have called for eliminating it. Code Pink, known for staging noisy disruptions at hearings and speeches where their topics of interest are being discussed, shares other common ground with Paul, like opposition to the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. But the Israel issue added a new layer.
Paul spokeswoman Rachel Mills, asked about the Code Pink comment, suggested Code Pink might be gravitating toward the congressman's view, rather than the other way around.
"He certainly doesn't take any talking points from Code Pink," she said. "If they're getting closer to his view that's one thing, but he's certainly not looking to them for policy information."
Asked whether Paul would consider linking up with the anti-war group in the future, she said Paul is "in favor of coalition building," noting that his views occasionally put him in the same camp as Democrats like anti-war Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio. But she said any cooperation would have to be "issue-specific."