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Rand Paul Tells Cincinnati Republicans, ‘We’d Attract More Young People If We Didn’t Seem So Eager To Go To War’

by Robert Herriman, The Global Dispatch  |  published on January 28, 2013

Republican Kentucky Senator Rand Paul continued to distinguish himself from the “hawkishness” of his fellow Senate republicans as he spoke to hundreds of Cincinnati-area Republicans Saturday, according to a Cincinnati.com report Jan. 26.

While speaking at the Northeast Hamilton County Republican Club’s annual pancake breakfast Saturday, Paul described how the party needs to take a different look at some issues in order to grow in appeal–the party’s war stance was a primary factor.

Noting that in addition to some social issues, the idea of war stood head and shoulders above others. Quoting from the report, Paul said, “Republicans, he said, might attract voters put off by the party’s hawkish image “if we had a less bellicose approach, if we were for a strong defense but a little bit less aggressive defense around the world.”

“If we didn’t have to be everywhere all the time, if maybe we tried to reserve it for when our national interests were impacted or a vital interest of ours was – and if Republicans didn’t seem so eager to go to war – I think we’d attract more young people.”

This of course, is not the first time Senator Paul has expressed a more non-interventionist, anti-war stance than most of his Republican colleagues.

In a June 2012 National Review Online Op-Ed, Paul clearly talked of his disagreements of both President Obama’s and Candidate Romney’s foreign policy views.

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