Sen. Ted Cruz Breaks with Sen. Rand Paul on Foreign Policy

By Jacqueline Roman  3-13-14

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The 2016 Republican primaries are coming into focus, along with the potential players and, more specifically, rivals. Sen.Ted Cruz, R-Texas, shares some of the same ideologies as Sen.Rand Paul, R-Ky, but he separated himself on one accord during an exclusive interview with “This Week” ’s Jonathan Karl.

The Texas senator admitted he is a “big fan of Rand Paul” but drew a distinct line. “He and I are good friends. But I don’t agree with him on foreign policy,” Cruz said.

Hinting that Paul may exhibit trepidation in defending United States beliefs, Cruz said, “The United States has a responsibility to defend our values” and used Ronald Reagan’s presidency as an example of that zeal.

Cruz drew on President Obama’s actions in regards to the Russian invasion of Crimea as an example of what a timid approach to foreign policy does.

“A critical reason for Putin’s aggression has been President Obama’s weakness,” Cruz said.

Cruz then followed this distinction by aligning himself with other members of Senate, like Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C, who have recently criticized Obama’s foreign policy.

“You’d better believe Putin sees in Benghazi four Americans are murdered, the first ambassador killed in service since 1979, and nothing happens,” Cruz said.

Whether the choice to create a divide was strategic or not, it has already added fuel to the speculation of party nominations. Sen. Rand Paul, it’s your move.