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Ted Cruz: I’m ‘somewhere in between’ McCain and Paul on foreign policy
Washington Post ^ | September 11 at 6:13 pm | Sean Sullivan

Posted on 09/12/2013 10:00:55 AM PDT by SoConPubbie

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) said Wednesday he considers his views on foreign policy to be “somewhere in between” the poles of libertarian-leaning Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and hawkish GOP Sens. John McCain (Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (S.C.).

“I agree with Rand Paul that we should not intervene militarily in Syria, because it’s not in defense of our U.S. national security interests,” said Cruz during a question-and-answer session following a speech at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank.

But, Cruz added, he also agrees “with John McCain that if Iran is on the verge of acquiring nuclear weapons that we should intervene militarily to prevent it from acquiring those weapons. Why? Because it is in the vital national security interest of the United States.”

Paul and McCain/Graham are on opposite ends of the foreign policy spectrum, leaving lots of room in between.

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There are three principles that should guide U.S. foreign policy, Cruz said: “Number one, we should focus directly on protecting U.S. national security and the interests of the United States of America. Number two, we should speak with moral clarity. And number three, we should always fight to win.”

In his speech, Cruz reiterated his opposition to a military strike against the Syrian government, which he detailed in Washington Post op-ed earlier this week. While he praised President Obama for consulting Congress on the matter, he also criticized the president’s approach to foreign policy, charging that he’s too focused on international standards and not enough on U.S. national security.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


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1 posted on 09/12/2013 10:00:55 AM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: SoConPubbie; AllAmericanGirl44; ken5050; stephenjohnbanker; LUV W; Patty; itssme; BuckeyeTexan; ...

Ted Cruz Ping!


2 posted on 09/12/2013 10:01:19 AM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SoConPubbie
“I agree with Rand Paul that we should not intervene militarily in Syria, because it’s not in defense of our U.S. national security interests,” said Cruz during a question-and-answer session following a speech at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank.

But, Cruz added, he also agrees “with John McCain that if Iran is on the verge of acquiring nuclear weapons that we should intervene militarily to prevent it from acquiring those weapons. Why? Because it is in the vital national security interest of the United States.”


And that is reasonable....
3 posted on 09/12/2013 10:03:13 AM PDT by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: SoConPubbie

Its very simple. Exercise restraint in most cases and take decisive action when called for.


4 posted on 09/12/2013 10:03:36 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: SoConPubbie

Sounds like the same place Ronald Reagan occupied.

That certainly meets with my approval.


5 posted on 09/12/2013 10:04:43 AM PDT by greene66
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To: SoConPubbie

Advice to Ted: Avoid any references to McCain. They can only hurt you.


6 posted on 09/12/2013 10:06:02 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: BigEdLB

McCain verges on adventurism and Paul on isolationism, so that means that Cruz is into realism.

I can live with that.


7 posted on 09/12/2013 10:10:34 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: SoConPubbie

I am in a different dimension from either McCain or Paul.
Those two space cadets live in their own little worlds. Okay three space cadets if you count both Pauls.


8 posted on 09/12/2013 10:12:53 AM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: SoConPubbie

Aren’t we all.


9 posted on 09/12/2013 10:18:09 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: SoConPubbie

Ted should eschew any references to McQueeg and reword his statement to say he’s for a muscular, yet tempered foreign policy.


10 posted on 09/12/2013 10:23:34 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Obama is so far in over his head, even his ears are beneath the water level.)
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To: xzins

“McCain verges on adventurism . . . “

verges? I would say he’s past the border into deep insanity


11 posted on 09/12/2013 10:27:30 AM PDT by Smedley (It's a sad day for American capitalism when a man can't fly a midget on a kite over Central Park)
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To: Starboard

Good advice!


12 posted on 09/12/2013 10:28:38 AM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's agenda—Divide and conquer seems to be working.)
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To: SoConPubbie

There are three principles that should guide U.S. foreign policy, Cruz said:
“Number one, we should focus directly on protecting U.S. national security and the interests of the United States of America.
Number two, we should speak with moral clarity.
And number three, we should always fight to win.”

I can’t argue with these 3 points. How difficult is it for other pols to voice these simple truths?!


13 posted on 09/12/2013 10:31:47 AM PDT by AllAmericanGirl44 ('Hey citizen, what's in YOUR closet?')
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To: SoConPubbie

The headline is a little misleading. Washington Compost trying to stir up trouble in the ranks? Nah.


14 posted on 09/12/2013 10:31:55 AM PDT by McGruff (No wars for Arab pipelines!)
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To: SoConPubbie

The time to intervene against Iran was during the last term of GWB. Now that window has closed. By acting against Syria the way we have, Russian and Iranian ties are now stronger then ever. An attack on Iran would be an attack on Russia now. So says the pact they have signed.


15 posted on 09/12/2013 10:31:56 AM PDT by justa-hairyape
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To: SoConPubbie

So Cruz is sitting on the fence between war and peace.

No wonder senators (and representatives) make poor executives. They don’t like to be put in the position of having to make decisions. Their lives are easier when they can vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’ or ‘present’ or just stay home for that vote and receive a ‘not present’.


16 posted on 09/12/2013 10:42:35 AM PDT by TomGuy (.)
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To: SoConPubbie
Once again, Ted Cruz gets it exactly right.


17 posted on 09/12/2013 10:44:03 AM PDT by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat, attack!" Bull Halsey)
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To: SoConPubbie

Mistake to even mention McCain.


18 posted on 09/12/2013 11:00:35 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: SoConPubbie

While I am confidently assured that Senator Cruz’s interpretation of the headline remark makes sense, I find it disturbing that he mentions this in-between thing.

I can perfectly understand him relating he is somewhere south of Rand Paul - understandable. However, even the remote connection with McCain, even to say later that he is nowhere near him in sentiments gives me a pang in the pit of my stomach.

The fact is that McCain is as crazy and mad as a shithouse rat and any mention in connection to his ‘ideals’ ‘actions’ or whatever is a wasted exercise in sanity. McCain doesn’t even deserve mention in the context of positions, potential platforms or ideals for that matter. That man is completely insane in my opinion.

That said, it doesn’t diminish my opinion for Ted, but I sure as hell wish he wouldn’t mention McCain any more.


19 posted on 09/12/2013 11:05:02 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: SoConPubbie

That is a very broad area.

Way too vague an answer, lol.


20 posted on 09/12/2013 11:17:49 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: xzins

“I can live with that”

So can I..


21 posted on 09/12/2013 11:24:13 AM PDT by montanajoe
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To: justa-hairyape
The time to intervene against Iran was during the last term of GWB. Now that window has closed. By acting against Syria the way we have, Russian and Iranian ties are now stronger then ever. An attack on Iran would be an attack on Russia now. So says the pact they have signed.

New world order will order up a CIA black op to plan and manage an Iranian "pro-democracy" revolution using Saudi/Israeli/Qatari intelligence services, giving the US government plausible deniability.

ALL US Senators can then line up to support the "pro-democracy" "Iranian" rebels.

They've had numerous other identical operations in Egypt, Libya, Lebanon, Syria, etc., with which to practice the skills of the operatives.
22 posted on 09/12/2013 11:31:06 AM PDT by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves)
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To: Starboard

>>Advice to Ted: Avoid any references to McCain. They can only hurt you.<<

That was EXACTLY what I was thinking. A rare instance when a Ted Cruz soundbite made me cringe.


23 posted on 09/12/2013 11:50:28 AM PDT by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears ("There's always free cheese in a mousetrap." - Marine Col. Peter Martino)
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To: SoConPubbie

Ted, word of advice, stay far, far away from McIdiot. Don’t have your name associated with him in an form or fashion.


24 posted on 09/12/2013 12:04:16 PM PDT by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears
A rare instance when a Ted Cruz soundbite made me cringe.

A McCain quote represents the Oligarchy mindset.
(The above is true except in the following instances: where McCain is running to win reelection as US Senator; or running to loss the election as US President Wantabe; or when McCain has temporarily run out of medication.)

25 posted on 09/12/2013 12:48:58 PM PDT by justa-hairyape
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To: PieterCasparzen
So they are going to build upon their success in Egypt ?


26 posted on 09/12/2013 12:51:36 PM PDT by justa-hairyape
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To: SoConPubbie
Cruz might be in between McCain and Rand Paul on foreign policy. It's hard not to be. We really don't know where he's at on it until we see how he reacts to situations as they arise. He made me a little nervous in that ABC interview, when he seemed to accept that Assad was the one who used chemical weapons. On the plus side, he came out against Obama's Syria fiasco.

There's nothing in Cruz's background that would suggest that he's ready to develop his vision yet. He needs more study and experience.

27 posted on 09/12/2013 1:02:08 PM PDT by grania
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To: grania
There's nothing in Cruz's background that would suggest that he's ready to develop his vision yet. He needs more study and experience.

And I suppose you believe the exact opposite about Rand Paul, right?
28 posted on 09/12/2013 1:07:23 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SoConPubbie
I suspect that Rand Paul was brought up with a lot of discussion about the US staying out of wars in places that aren't our business. Ted Cruz's background is more about what it means to be a US citizen, taught by a Cuban father who seems passionate about it. I think the two complement each other. And I'm glad that in this situation Cruz is with Paul and against the war and not with McCain and the other crazies. I agree with the posters who said Cruz would be better off not even mentioning McCain.

I hope Ted Cruz is the answer. So many others have looked promising and then disappointed us. I think part of getting it done will be for intelligent, passionate, informed people like Rand Paul and Ted Cruz putting together a coalition and figuring out what the US needs to save us.

My only disappointment was that Cruz seemed to go along with the assumption that Assad was responsible for the use of chemical weapons.

29 posted on 09/12/2013 1:38:30 PM PDT by grania
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To: grania
I hope Ted Cruz is the answer.

He's only 1 person.

My only disappointment was that Cruz seemed to go along with the assumption that Assad was responsible for the use of chemical weapons.

That's the key. It's called, I'll put on a political show for my supporters, but at the end of the say, somehow I will rationalize the key essential point that let's new world order use the US government as a proxy to beat up on new world order's targets.

New world order makes conservatives tell other conservatives they are unpatriotic or worse if they don't support new world order's wars.
30 posted on 09/12/2013 1:52:22 PM PDT by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves)
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To: SoConPubbie

That’s a little vague, because mccain is on flipping Mars...


31 posted on 09/12/2013 2:41:21 PM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Starboard

True that.


32 posted on 09/12/2013 2:42:35 PM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs stay silent.)
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Rand Slams Congress for Funding Egypt’s Generals:
‘How Does Your Conscience Feel Now?’
Foreign Policy | 15 Aug 2013 | John Hudson
Posted on 08/15/2013 5:44:10 PM PDT by Hoodat
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3055253/posts

Sen. Rand Paul is hammering his fellow senators for keeping billions in financial aid flowing to Egypt’s military — even as Cairo’s security forces massacre anti-government activists.

[by “anti-government activists” is meant church-burning jihadists]

Sen. Cruz Statement on Egypt (Suspend aid over anti-Muslim Brotherhood ‘coup’)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3055492/posts

Ted Cruz blames Egyptian violence on Obama’s disregard for foreign aid law
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3055589/posts


33 posted on 09/12/2013 6:39:50 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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Rand Paul’s immigration speech
03.19.13 | Hon Sen Rand Paul (KY)
Posted on 03/19/2013 7:04:07 AM PDT by Perdogg
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2998395/posts

...The Republican Party must embrace more legal immigration.

Unfortunately, like many of the major debates in Washington, immigration has become a stalemate-where both sides are imprisoned by their own rhetoric or attachment to sacred cows that prevent the possibility of a balanced solution.

Immigration Reform will not occur until Conservative Republicans, like myself, become part of the solution. I am here today to begin that conversation.

Let’s start that conversation by acknowledging we aren’t going to deport 12 million illegal immigrants.

If you wish to work, if you wish to live and work in America, then we will find a place for you...

This is where prudence, compassion and thrift all point us toward the same goal: bringing these workers out of the shadows and into being taxpaying members of society.

Imagine 12 million people who are already here coming out of the shadows to become new taxpayers.12 million more people assimilating into society. 12 million more people being productive contributors.

[but he’s not in favor of amnesty, snicker, definition of is is]


34 posted on 09/12/2013 6:40:02 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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Thanks SoConPubbie.


35 posted on 09/12/2013 6:40:45 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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Here's the passage at issue:
In the 1980s, the war caucus in Congress armed bin Laden and the mujaheddin in their fight with the Soviet Union. In fact, it was the official position of the State Department to support radical jihad against the Soviets. We all know how well that worked out.
Let's leave aside for now the insulting, utterly asinine, sickening, inexcusable use of the phrase "war caucus" to describe those (including Reagan!) who supported the mujaheddin against the Soviets. That word choice alone is almost entirely disqualifying for its purveyor to ever be president.

Instead, let's just look at a little history here -- because the ignorance evident in this paragraph is truly astonishing. One would be hard pressed to find even a single historian, whether right, left, or center, who would argue anything other than that the Soviet failure in Afghanistan was not just a huge factor, but probably an essential one, in the Soviets' ultimate loss of the Cold War.
[Rand Paul’s Really Ignorant Paragraph | 7 Feb 2013]

36 posted on 09/12/2013 6:43:23 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: SoConPubbie

Obama started the war in Syria. Let Obama finish it all by himself.


37 posted on 09/12/2013 6:45:46 PM PDT by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: Starboard

Agreed.


38 posted on 09/12/2013 8:29:17 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: grania
There's nothing in Cruz's background that would suggest that he's ready to develop his vision yet. He needs more study and experience.

I don't even know how to answer that statement.

It's basically the same charge leveled against Sarah Palin.

He's an accomplished Supreme Court litigator, and first-term Senator who has clearly articulated conservative positions on every position, and held those posistions, especially Anti-Amnesty, in the face of wholesale surrender, including Rand Paul, on this issue of his Party, the GOP.

Being POTUS isn't about how much government experience you have, it's about your life experience, your leadership capabilities, and your policy positions.

In all three, Senator Cruz gets an A+.

He stands head and shoulders above any candidates you can present to me, with the possible exception of very few.
39 posted on 09/13/2013 6:19:14 AM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SoConPubbie
In all three, Ted Cruz gets an A+

I agree. But not on his statement in the ABC interview that assumed that it was Assad who used chemical weapons. What I stated is that he needs more experience in evaluating world affairs, and we need to see more votes. We've been disappointed so many times by politicians who voted totally against their campaign promises.

As far as Sara Palin goes, now she seems fine on foregin affairs. During her VP campaign, she didn't have a record. The way things are going now, my dream ticket would be Paul/Cruz (either order) with a promise of Palin in charge of energy issues.

40 posted on 09/13/2013 7:03:50 AM PDT by grania
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To: grania
What I stated is that he needs more experience in evaluating world affairs, and we need to see more votes. We've been disappointed so many times by politicians who voted totally against their campaign promises.

Nitpicky

As far as Sara Palin goes, now she seems fine on foregin affairs. During her VP campaign, she didn't have a record. The way things are going now, my dream ticket would be Paul/Cruz (either order) with a promise of Palin in charge of energy issues.

Yes, but the same nitpicky template you are using for Senator Cruz could be applied to Governor Palin with respect to her Immigration Proposal and LOST.

I say this as someone who prefers Governor Palin over Senator Cruz for POTUS.
41 posted on 09/13/2013 7:20:28 AM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SoConPubbie

I could live with that kind of policy. I’d like Rand’s simply because of the dire straits we are in after a decade of disaster, but Cruz would do in a pinch.


42 posted on 09/19/2013 5:17:12 AM PDT by Me1onCollie
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