CNN: Rand Paul Counters Romney on Foreign PolicySubmitted by RegularJohn on Wed, 10/10/2012 - 10:10
(CNN) – A Republican senator and surrogate for Mitt Romney chided the GOP presidential nominee on Wednesday, saying he was "a bit dismayed" by Romney's foreign policy speech earlier in the week.
In an op-ed on CNN.com, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who endorsed Romney in June, took issue with key points of Romney's approach to international affairs.
"Romney chose to criticize President Obama for seeking to cut a bloated Defense Department and for not being bellicose enough in the Middle East, two assertions with which I cannot agree," Paul wrote.
A tea party favorite and known for his libertarian views–many of which he shares with his father and former presidential candidate Ron Paul–Sen. Paul maintained he's not an isolationist, as he believes in engagement with the world through trade, commerce and diplomacy. He would not hesitate, he added, to send troops to war as a measure of self-defense.
"But we are in too many places, too often, and we don't seem to even know the reason - or where we will end up when we're done," he wrote. "This foreign policy has created more enemies than it has vanquished."