Like Father, Like Son?

April 29, 2010 17:53

How Ron Paul’s foreign policy views are shaping Rand Paul’s Senate race.


If former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has anything to say about it, the political sins of the father will be visited on the son. On Patriots Day, Giuliani endorsed Trey Grayson in the Republican primary race for U.S. Senate in Kentucky. But the endorsement had as much to do with GOP frontrunner Rand Paul—and his father, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas)—as it did Grayson.

“Trey Grayson is the candidate in this race who will make the right decisions necessary to keep America safe and prevent more attacks on our homeland,” Giuliani said in a statement. “He is not part of the ‘blame America first’ crowd that wants to bestow the rights of U.S. citizens on terrorists and point fingers at America for somehow causing 9/11.” Other prominent hawks have since joined Giuliani in this line of attack.

It was during a 2007 Republican presidential candidates’ debate that Giuliani sparred with the elder Paul over 9/11 and blowback from American foreign policy. After Ron Paul argued that U.S. interventionism in the Middle East motivated the terrorist attacks, Giuliani shot back, “That’s really an extraordinary statement… as someone who lived through the attack of September 11 that we invited the attack because we were attacking Iraq.” Offered an opportunity to “withdraw that comment and tell us that he didn’t really mean that,” Paul stood his ground. “They don’t come here to attack us because we are rich and we’re free,” Paul said. “They come and they attack us because we’re over there.”


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