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Rand Paul: A Jeremiah Wright Republican

Posted on May 12 2010 11:21 am
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Ron Paul’s son Rand has carved out a niche for himself as the anti-establishment GOP candidate in the Kentucky senate race, attracting support from the Tea Party movement and major conservative players like Sarah Palin and Jim DeMint.  Those same people who loudly criticized Barack Obama‘s disturbing ties to Jeremiah “God Damn America” Wright are now silent on Rand Paul’s  “blame America first” ideas about foreign policy:

They are in our face, in our country because we are in their country.
(Rand Paul in Montana, January 29, 2009)

There have been a lot of people who have written about terrorism and the terrorists themselves will tell you why they come here. They come here because we’re over there.
(Rand Paul in Nashville, Jan. 27, 2008)

They do not attack for what we are, they attack us because we are in their countries.
(Rand Paul in Montana, January 29, 2009)

When my dad stood up to Giuliani and said that our foreign policy caused us some of what we got on 9/11, he didn’t say that it justified what those people did to us. But we have to understand that there is blowback from our foreign policy.
(Rand Paul at Western Kentucky University, April 7, 2009)

How far off is Rand Paul from proclaiming that America’s chickens are coming home to roost?  And as Kentucky blogger Lisa Graas asked in March, when will Jeremiah Wright’s critics denounce Rand Paul for nearly identical rhetoric?

More NewsReal Blog coverage of Rand Paul’s senate campaign here.

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