U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-KY, and son of presidential candidate , spent about 40 minutes this morning being interviewed by Charlie Arlinghaus, of the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy, at in Concord.
The discussion ranged from why he ran for the Senate, problems with both political parties, what he thinks of the other candidates, federal budget issues, his father’s campaign, and whether he will run for president some day.
In one segment, about the attacks against his father’s foreign policy, Rand Paul said the other candidates were misinterpreting his father’s position. He said Ron Paul was conservative on both overseas and domestic federal spending, whereas the other candidates would continue to spend liberally overseas, regardless of whether the United States had the money or needed to spend it. He said his father wanted a strong national defense but didn’t believe that bombing Iran was the only solution to the problem.
Rand Paul said his father believed that Congress had a Constitutional role in the process of going to war. He added that there was consensus – from former commanders at CENTCOM to people connected to the Mossad, Israel’s intelligence agency – that preemptive strikes were not the only option in containing Iran.