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

    Rand Paul is NOT presidential material, in fact I don't believe he is US Senate material, but on THIS issue, I agree with him and his father.

    April 5, 2014 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  2. Chris-E...al

    T.Tim @ Would you throw a shoe at Bush that hard ?

    April 5, 2014 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  3. Winston Smith

    If we can't feed clothe or shelter our own, we have no business trying to do so to the entire world. We also do not need to arm these people. Sooner or later they might use the arms against us.

    April 5, 2014 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  4. Sheila

    Rand Paul offers all liberty-loving people in this country true and honest leadership. No wonder Democrats and Independents are coming out in support of Rand, he is anti-war, against the NSA domestic spy program, and for individual rights. RAND PAUL 2016 !

    April 5, 2014 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  5. J Anthony

    @jus saying: are u for real? Russiia is about as much a threat to NATO and US forces as u are 2 me. You got a problem with spending some $ rebuilding our own country? Then you just ain't with it.

    April 5, 2014 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  6. fazsha

    Anyone who presents himself as in favor of undoing a violent annexation of another country is also in favor of the U.S. surrendering Hawaii back to the monarchy that ruled it before the U.S. backed a violent coup there. Read your history of Hawaii; we have no room to talk to Russia when it comes to Crimea, based on our own past actions.

    April 5, 2014 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  7. Yogi Gupta

    Good thing, considering the aid will wind up going to Russia to pay for increased Utility bills anyway.

    April 5, 2014 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  8. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    @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.

    What did Bush do when Putin invaded Georgia? Yeah, he did NOTHING. Please keep posting here. We lefties love laughing at your ignorance.

    April 5, 2014 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  9. Aaron

    Rand Paul is the only one worth voting for.

    April 5, 2014 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  10. Namebo the dog

    Georgia happened onobamas watch

    April 5, 2014 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  11. don in albuquerque

    Namebo the dog

    Read a little history and then get back to us.

    April 5, 2014 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  12. Thomas

    What is an Aqua Buddha anyway ?

    April 5, 2014 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  13. anonymous

    ThinkAgain – Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.
    BTW, it was a DEMOCRATIC president – FDR – that recognized we should become involved in WWII in Europe.
    --

    yeah, he was so mobilized we were asleep on dec. 7, 1941 and got lucky that none of our pacific fleet aircraft carriers were there at the time. give me a break.

    even a dunce like obama or fdr could mobilize a country after it was attacked by another country. wwii pulled the usa out of the depression, not the years of idiot make work projects so obama and fdr have a lot in common with their failed socialist economic programs.

    April 5, 2014 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  14. jay

    "fazsha

    Anyone who presents himself as in favor of undoing a violent annexation of another country is also in favor of the U.S. surrendering Hawaii back to the monarchy that ruled it before the U.S. backed a violent coup there. Read your history of Hawaii; we have no room to talk to Russia when it comes to Crimea, based on our own past actions."

    You should read any history you can get your hands on, maybe it's time to realize history is written by the winner.

    April 5, 2014 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  15. rs

    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.
    ____________________
    Really? Former President Mr. G.W. Bush is a "surrender monkey"? You're racism backfired bub. Current President Obama has done more in protest over the Crimea than Mr. Bush did when Putin took back Georgia.

    In this case however, Mr. Paul is correct. Monies given to the Ukraine will simply wind up in Russia's treasury.

    April 5, 2014 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  16. Marie MD

    @sheila, individual rights just as long as they are not Blacks or Latinos or gays or women.
    Doesn't leave that many to vote for him. He's not presidential material.

    April 5, 2014 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  17. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    @Winston Smith
    If we can't feed clothe or shelter our own, we have no business trying to do so to the entire world

    But we CAN feed and clothe all of our own. The problem is that Republicans don't want to do it.

    April 5, 2014 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  18. Rusty Krus

    @Namebo the dog
    Georgia happened onobamas watch

    No, it was under Bush's watch. Genius!

    April 5, 2014 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  19. Norma jean

    Normally I wouldn't give a dime for the opinion of one of the' Pauls'....but on this subject I totally agree with them....I have little use for Congress and the Republicans but ....if I were on the political scene....I.would not only agree wiith them but would work to see that this situation was properly handled!!!!

    April 5, 2014 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  20. HRC16

    We believe in human rights, even if the people happen to be born in Ukraine. Get a world view, not a selfish the world is about me view.

    April 5, 2014 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  21. tom l

    Don,
    So I understand that what you said is funny to you but, dude, it's so off base and such a gross misrepresentation of the issue it's frustrating. Let me start off emphatically telling you that I do believe that a woman has the right to have an abortion. There's absolutely no questioning that in my mind for several reasons, most importantly that the government, doesn't have the right to be so involved in someone's personal business. Period. That's my belief and we agree wholeheartedly on that. And I hope what I say is met with the understanding that I'm not trying to be combative with you here. I'd like for you to try and understand a different perspective so maybe you won't form such a drastic and demonizing picture of the other side that doesn't agree with either of us.
    I honestly don't think that the vast majority of people that are against a woman having an abortion, in no way are thinking of it as a matter of controlling a woman at all. I'm sure some are wanting control and/or subservience but it's such a small percentage that I think you're just not understanding why the overwhelming majority have their views. Please remember that there is a great percentage of women that are against a woman having the right to an abortion and neither of us should judge why she feels that way. I would assume also that the most against find their viewpoint from their religion. That being said, I just think your over the top portrayal and demonizing is wrong in this case. What would be their motivation for this "control"? What do the repubs (because that's who your target is) gain from having this "control" that you speak of? We're adults here. If I may ask in your reply because I'm genuinely interested in creating a constructive dialogue with you please let me know what has caused you to form your opinions. I know you can give some examples of ridiculous things some republicans have said like Todd Akin. But recognize that he's an idiot and his idiocy was confirmed by almost every repub as they distanced themselves from what he said and many if not most wanted him to pull out of the campaign. I hope this posts and you see it.

    April 5, 2014 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  22. ChrisM

    Ha, the isolationist are definitely the Pauls

    April 5, 2014 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  23. just me

    Namebo, no, Georgia happened on the shrubs' watch. katrina too, though many don't believe it.

    April 5, 2014 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  24. James

    The purpose of this aid is to recover banks' losses from risky but profitable debt to Ukraine at the expense of US taxpayers. Thus, the super rich will benefit from this aid. Those who do not pay taxes (47% of the population) do not care about this waste of money either. Rand Paul represents the middle class, which carries the burden of this reckless spending.

    April 6, 2014 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  25. Gurgyl

    I these guys from Republican Party are obsolete. They are gone with wind. By 2016, we will have 26 million people enrolled in ACA Law under healthcare Exchanges. Most of the companies use these Exchanges with Hospitals. I thing this Obamarcare cry has to end in couple of months–because patients are NOW COVERED BY ACA LAW. This Election should sweep the congress/senate for Democratic Party winning. Having benefitted no fool will ever support republicans and war rant.

    April 6, 2014 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
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