Comment: I asked him

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I asked him

I sent Rand Paul an email asking him that very question. Surprisingly I got a response, here it is...

Thank you for taking the time to contact me regarding your concerns about Iran. I appreciate hearing your thoughts on this issue.

On Aug. 9, 2011, I joined 91 of my Senate colleagues in signing a letter requesting that President Obama and the Treasury Department impose stricter financial sanctions on the Central Bank of Iran. Originally sanctioned as a state sponsor of international terrorism by the State Department in 1984, Iran's radical leadership frequently employs hostile rhetoric in public and continues to violate countless international and bilateral sanctions by pursuing uranium enrichment and ballistic missile programs.

I sympathize with people who are fighting to overthrow tyrannical regimes and I condemn the Iranian government's repression of its people, but we must recognize the limits of our ability to influence every global matter. My support of these additional sanctions is meant to further restrict the Iranian regime's ability to finance regional terrorism-not to force regime change. The United States should promote freedom, encourage trade and invite those willing to participate in peace to benefit from its prosperity. At the same time, if we wish to have our sovereignty and the sovereignty of our allies respected, we need to respect the sovereignty of other nations as well.

Rest assured as this issue continues to be debated in the Senate, I will keep your thoughts in mind.