Ron Paul proud of son Rand Paul’s vote against Ukraine aid
April 4th, 2014
11:42 PM ET
7 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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soundoff (60 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    Ok , there both Doctors , and they believe in what ?

    Band-Aids are only for sissy's , Randy Paul / Ron Paul 2016

    April 5, 2014 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  2. kamarasune

    "Proponents of the Kentucky senator say his libertarian-leaning approach is making inroads."

    America has been pushed by the political establishment to get involved in every petty street fight on the world stage, and guess what its not worked. It has not left nations better off, It did not give the people we invaded a richer life with more prosperity, but it has bred more hate against us. Its time to get of this runaway train wreck called progressive-ism and get back to fixing our own nation which is in dire need of attention. Rand Paul is the man to get us back on track.

    April 5, 2014 02:12 am at 2:12 am |
  3. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Can't wait to see Sheldon Adelson, Rove, Grover Norquist and the GOP stuff Jeb Bush down the tea party's throats 2012 Mitt Romney style. Ron Paul had a ringside seat for that one.

    April 5, 2014 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  4. Tampa Tim

    I am sure Ron was also proud when his son learned to tie his shoes without any help.

    April 5, 2014 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  5. Tampa Tim

    Rand's vote pretty much lost him support from the defense industry, Adelson, the Kochs, as well as neocons and domestic terrorists. Try again in 2020 Rand.

    April 5, 2014 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    Rand Paul is demonstrating real common sense leadership........something sorely lacking in Washington.

    April 5, 2014 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  7. Anonymous

    Ron Paul is too far to the isolationist side of the spectrum. When one country openly invades and annexes part of a neighboring country using the same pretense as Adolph Hitler, the USA needs to be fully engaged to stop that otherwise it will continue and grow until all hell breaks loose. You catch cancer early to stop it. Russia is cancer to its neighbors.

    April 5, 2014 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  8. Marie MD

    So father and son want another war? Money is cheap. Lives aren't!
    He can't appeal to Blacks and Latinos because he doesn't' believe the 60s Civil Rights Act should have been signed into law and he is for business owners (aka whites) not to let "others like them" in their establishments.
    You can't flip flop like the twit.

    April 5, 2014 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  9. YUCK

    why should the USA give Ukraine aid or even money,assuming that Russia will invade Ukraine?the USA should be helping central and south America Canada and have more tries with the western countries like Asia India ect,ect....let the UK and its allies help them in that side of the world.

    April 5, 2014 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  10. YUCK

    I'm a democrat and I approve of mr Paul's decision..

    April 5, 2014 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  11. YUCK

    "(more ties) with western countries"

    April 5, 2014 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  12. Gurgyl

    Cut foreign aid, foreign doctors too here. Tighten immigration to save our benefits–if not nation goes bankrupt.

    April 5, 2014 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  13. Chris-E...al

    Stand with Rand and get the good hand ?

    April 5, 2014 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  14. don in albuquerque

    First time I am in agreement with Paul.

    April 5, 2014 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  15. Name jk. Sfl. THE KOCH BROTHERS GOP STOOGES PARTY NEEDS to be VOTED OUT IN NOVEMBER !!!!

    This GOP LOSER will never be president, try Mexico or somailia ???

    April 5, 2014 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  16. just saying

    looks like the lefties in here have absolutely no problem at all with russia invading all of its former captive countries and turning them into russian provinces. will you all have a problem if they attack nato countries like poland? just glad you clowns were around during wwii or we would all be speaking german. a bunch of surrender monkeys that think we can totally withdraw from the world stage to save our money for welfare cheats and leeches.

    April 5, 2014 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  17. wendell

    the republican party is full of crazy trolls. The election was lost 5 years ago so why are they still acting like it was yesterday. Get over it move on and pass some legislation that will help America. Like a minimum wage hike. Job benefit extention's. Rebuilding infastructer

    April 5, 2014 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  18. Greg Redden

    More common sense pro-American policy that will frighten GOP leaders who've mortgaged their party to Fed banks and the military industrial complex.
    Imagine they're already weighing up whether "new top tier" un-electable MM campaigns can convince the sheeple to believe the paid pundits over the evidence of their own eyes.
    ....or will they dust off the "Kennedy" solution??

    April 5, 2014 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  19. Tampa Tim

    Just – I presume you are not in agreement with Rand.

    April 5, 2014 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  20. Tampa Tim

    Chris-E...al
    Stand with Rand and get the good hand ?
    ---
    I think you mean fall with Paul.

    April 5, 2014 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  21. don in albuquerque

    just saying

    So you think stepping ever closer to nuclear war is a good thing? And your just jealous cause you can't fill out the forms to get the free stuff.

    April 5, 2014 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  22. ThinkAgain - Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    @just saying: "looks like the lefties in here have absolutely no problem at all with russia invading all of its former captive countries and turning them into russian provinces. will you all have a problem if they attack nato countries like poland? just glad you clowns were around during wwii or we would all be speaking german. a bunch of surrender monkeys that think we can totally withdraw from the world stage to save our money for welfare cheats and leeches."

    Russia isn't going to attack a NATO country because NATO would retaliate militarily. Russia went after the Crimea because it was low-hanging fruit, with a large population of Russian-speakers who wanted to be part of Russia again. Putin was also PO'd by the overthrow of his puppet in Kiev and as they say in Russia, "Don't be a p*ssy."

    BTW, it was a DEMOCRATIC president – FDR – that recognized we should become involved in WWII in Europe. He supervised the mobilization of the U.S. economy to support the Allied war effort and, as an active military leader, implemented an overall war strategy on two fronts that ended in the defeat of the Axis Powers.

    April 5, 2014 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  23. ThinkAgain - Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    @Rick McDaniel: "Rand Paul is demonstrating real common sense leadership........something sorely lacking in Washington."

    I'd say you had a point if you could reveal what nation in the history of the world has EVER produced broad-based, sustainable economic and social stability based on his ideas.

    *crickets*

    April 5, 2014 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  24. ThinkAgain - Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    @NATHAN WIMBERLY: "Can't wait to see Sheldon Adelson, Rove, Grover Norquist and the GOP stuff Jeb Bush down the tea party's throats 2012 Mitt Romney style. "

    That is exactly what is going to happen. No wonder the gop keeps trying to restrict voter access and put five shills on the Supreme Court? They can't win with their policies – PROVEN FAILURES, ALL – or a track record of success – NON-EXISTENT – so they go with the strategy of time-release loonies to keep the base all stirred up then putting a "moderate" out front in the hopes of getting "independents" to vote repub.

    April 5, 2014 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  25. Tampa Tim

    Think again – I think the GOP is still awestruck that Reagan got us out of Grenada.

    April 5, 2014 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
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