Paul in Friday's Boston Globe: Non-interventionist views make him a Republican maverickSubmitted by Michael Nystrom on Fri, 11/25/2011 - 19:13
By Shira Schoenberg, Boston Globe Correspondent
November 25, 2011
CONCORD, N.H. - When presidential candidate Ron Paul looks for a Republican model of foreign policy, he looks to Robert Taft – the Ohio senator who opposed US intervention in World War II. He looks to Howard Buffett, a Nebraska representative who criticized the US role in the Korean War.
Ask him for a model in the party today, and Paul is vague. “We have a coalition in Washington,” Paul said yesterday. “It tends to be bipartisan.” Paul added that President George W. Bush’s advocacy of a “humble foreign policy” was promising, until Bush walked back on it.
Paul, a Texas representative, took a unique position on the stage last night, when the Republican presidential candidates met in a debate on national security and foreign policy sponsored by CNN, the Heritage Foundation, and the American Enterprise Institute. While most of the Republican candidates are open to military action against Iran, Paul advocates diplomacy. While several of the candidates oppose cutting the defense budget, Paul wants to slash it. Paul was one of the only candidates in the debate to oppose extending the Patriot Act. Yet while Paul’s non-interventionist philosophy puts him at odds with his Republican rivals, he believes voters agree with him.
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