Ron Paul proud of son Rand Paul’s vote against Ukraine aid
April 4th, 2014
11:42 PM ET
6 months ago

Ron Paul proud of son Rand Paul’s vote against Ukraine aid

Orlando, Florida (CNN) – Former Rep. Ron Paul said Friday he was happy that his son, Sen. Rand Paul, opposed recent legislation that would send financial assistance to Ukraine.

“Congress just last week, they rushed to pass this guaranteed loan of a billion dollars, which is really just opening up the door for endless loans,” the Texas Republican said. “There were two senators who voted against it, and I’m very pleased my son voted against it–not that I had any doubts, I tell ya.”

His comment comes while Rand Paul, a potential presidential candidate, walks a tight rope on foreign policy issues as he tries to broaden his base–and potential donor pool–as well as appeal to establishment Republicans.

While Rand Paul and his father align on many issues, the former Congressman and three time presidential candidate has been more outspoken on staying out of the recent unrest in Ukraine, arguing that it could lead to a slippery financial mess for the United States.

“The last thing in the world we don’t need to be involved in is the internal affairs of the other nations, and we should not be involved in entangling alliances,” Ron Paul said Friday in his remarks at an event in Orlando hosted by the Campaign for Liberty.

Ron Paul has loudly vocalized his noninterventionist views for years–a tone that doesn't resonate with all factions of the GOP.

Rand Paul hasn’t been quite as strident about staying out of the Ukraine situation as his father. In fact, he argued last month that President Obama was failing to project Ronald Reagan's "peace through strength" policy, and he called for the United States to be even more aggressive on its diplomatic efforts relating to Russia.

"It is our role as a global leader to be the strongest nation in opposing Russia’s latest aggression," he wrote in an opinion piece.

While he supported technical and security assistance to Ukraine, he did not vote for an amendment last week that went along with the Senate bill to provide $1 billion in loan guarantees to Ukraine.

“I cannot support the bill because it will have the perverse impact of using American tax dollars to reward Russia," he said in a statement.

With Rand Paul considering a presidential run of his own, his positions on international issues have been closely monitored, as some political observers consider foreign policy his biggest hurdle to cross in terms of reaching out to wider audiences within the GOP.

Proponents of the Kentucky senator say his libertarian-leaning approach is making inroads. They point to his top spots in recent polls measuring 2016 support, as well as his big win in a presidential straw poll at a major conservative gathering last month, as evidence of his rising popularity.

Along with reaching out to non-libertarian Republicans, the senator has been actively trying to appeal to voters who don't traditionally vote for the GOP, such as minority groups and Democrats.

Asked Friday by CNN what Ron Paul thought of his son's efforts, Paul said he doesn't “have anything to say about that.”


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  1. jb

    “Congress just last week, they rushed to pass this guaranteed loan of a billion dollars, which is really just opening up the door for endless loans,” the Texas Republican said. “There were two senators who voted against it, and I’m very pleased my son voted against it–not that I had any doubts, I tell ya.”

    When will you cut off aid to Israel? Oh, you can't get elected without that...

    I just want some honesty in our relationship.

    April 6, 2014 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  2. don in albuquerque

    tom I

    Sorry bubby. Hit a little close to home for you.

    April 6, 2014 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  3. Gurgyl

    Do you know this idiotic Israel is playing biggest politics in USA political arena from Republican Party? Corruption from Israel is so huge to republicans.

    April 6, 2014 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  4. Lizzie

    job, where is all this money coming from?

    April 6, 2014 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  5. The Real Tom Paine

    The phrase " surrender monkey" is ironic coming from those who declare a mission accomplished just when the heavy lifting has started. The reflexive responses of conservatives here are amusing, especially when you consider how many messes they have created that they have left behind for others to clean up.

    April 6, 2014 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    tom l, in case you are wondering where this attitude from the GOP is on abortion, I suggest you take a look at the origins of the GOP, specifically in the Second Great Awakening of the early 19th century, Its based upon making sure that the country has the same values: unfortunately for many in the GOP, this means a very narrow interpretation of that idea. The Todd Akins and others that you cite as being outliers in the party only indicates that you are ignoring their influence, since they provide a significant percentage of the GOP fundraising and grassroots energy, and they are intent on telling people what to do with their bodies. I find it hard to believe you dismiss their influence, and the fact that they have been more than willing to inflict their views on the rest of us via legislation and executive orders at the state level. They are the millstone around the neck of the GOP: intolerant and dismissive of the needs of others, and unwilling to accept the consequences and cost of the legislation they want to pass.

    April 6, 2014 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  7. Name jk. Sfl. THE KOCH BROTHERS GOP STOOGES PARTY NEEDS to be VOTED OUT IN NOVEMBER !!!!

    Tom pain, you got that right!!!

    April 6, 2014 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  8. Winston Smith

    Amazing how we can magically pull money out of thin air, when it's not earmarked for domestic uses. When any domestic uses are brought to light, the money spigot goes dry, and does so in a heartbeat. I guess there's just too many people here with the idea that buying friends abroad amounts to friendship that's reliable and trustworthy. Not like that of loyalty that's sought after with slogans and hype. Wake Up People.

    April 6, 2014 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  9. Albert The First

    US should help the ukrainian government. What's hard about that? – Just to gift some dozen billions $ and send several supertankers and the democracy will be saved. Ms. Benghazy has helped Libya to establish the democracy, now US should help Ukraine.

    April 6, 2014 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  10. SGT Rock101

    Putin – Palin 2016. With Guilliani as Sec of State and Rand Paul as Sec of Defense. There's proven leadership.

    April 6, 2014 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
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