Lindsey Graham Defends Democrat from Rand Paul Ads

Thursday, October 11th, 2012 and is filed under Blog, Elections, Foreign Policy

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There is one thing that Republicans of all stripes agree upon vis-à-vis our election goals: we must win back control of the Senate.  To that end, we must run aggressive campaigns against all red state Democrats, including Joe Manchin in West Virginia.  Why should he be let off the hook in a state where Obama is very unpopular?

Senator Rand Paul thinks so.  That’s why he is running ads against him, hitting him for voting against cutting off aid to Egypt, Libya, and Pakistan.  Not only does this reflect good policy; it’s good politics as well, especially in a state like West Virginia.

Take a look at Paul’s ad against Manchin:

A pretty good ad, no?

Well, in another vivid demonstration of what it means to run across the aisle, Lindsey Graham joined the Manchin campaign on a conference call blasting Paul’s attack ad: (via CQ)

A deepening rivalry over foreign policy between Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham and Rand Paul burst onto the national stage this week when Graham of South Carolina decided to defend an incumbent West Virginia Democrat against Paul’s attacks.

After Paul of Kentucky launched TV ads through his political action committee against three Democratic senators up for reelection this year, Graham Tuesday joined Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., on a campaign conference call to dispute the ads’ contention that Manchin’s support for foreign aid to Libya, Egypt and Pakistan is not in the country’s best interest.

On that call, Graham said: “Rand Paul’s a good man. I like working with him on entitlement reform, but he has a little different worldview than I do.”

Here’s the question we must all cogitate when thinking about our foreign policy positions.  How can we draw a sharp distinction with Obama on foreign policy when we have a prominent Republican ‘out-Obamaing’ Obama on the Arab Spring?

The answer is that Lindsey Graham is up for reelection next cycle in conservative