Sen. Rand Paul Responds to Flip-Flopping Criticism

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. (WBKO) -- Sen. Rand Paul seems to be everywhere these days, including Iowa where he was just last week.

Most recently, he's come under criticism from some for flip-flopping on foreign policy when it comes to aid to Israel.

"I've never said oh my goodness! Let's target aid to Israel. I've said all foreign aid really shouldn't be borrowed from other countries and spent. I said you know what, to get to an ultimate goal maybe we should start by eliminating aid to countries that hate us, countries that burn our flag. I've been very up front to acknowledge that Israel isn't one of the countries. Israel is our friend. I have never had a bill that had Israel's name in it to eliminate aid to Israel. So, people who make it out to be something like that, I think are distorting what I'm actually for," said Sen. Rand Paul.

Paul spoke to several from the Campbellsville Chamber of Commerce about a number of issues including the situation in Iraq.

"I have mixed feelings about it. I'm not saying I'm completely opposed to helping with arms or maybe even bombing, but I am concerned that ISIS is big and powerful because we protected them in Syria for a year. Do you know who also hates ISIS and who is bombing them? Assad, the Syrian government. So a year ago, the same people who want to bomb ISIS wanted to bomb Syria last year. Syria and ISIS are on opposite sides of the war. We're now bombing both sides of one war that has spread into another country," said Paul.

Now as Paul gets closer to a likely presidential run, he said he does feel like he has a target on his back.

He said his message resonates beyond party label.

"There are a lot of people independent or democrat that would like a reasonable foreign policy where we're not always at war. Where we are reluctant to go to war, where we have more of a moderate foreign policy, I think is appealing to a lot of people. I think democrats fear that," said Paul.

Paul has said he will decide one way or the other on a presidential run in the spring.

Sen. Paul's office confirmed Monday, he will be campaigning with Sen. Mitch McConnell on Wednesday in Muhlenberg, Ohio, Hopkins and other western Kentucky counties.


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