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Rand Paul Calls GOP Hawks Obama 'Lap Dogs'

Paul calls McCain and Graham "lap dogs" for Obama. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Rand Paul said Tuesday he thinks fellow Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham and John McCain are, in effect, "lap dogs" for President Barack Obama.  

"If there's anyone who is the most opposed to President Obama's foreign policy, it's me. And these people who call loudest to criticize me are great proponents of President Obama's foreign policy. They just want to do it 10 times over. But I'm the only one actually standing up and saying, 'The war in Libya was a mistake,'" the Kentucky Republican said on Fox News. "The bombing of Assad would make ISIS stronger. The arms to the Islamic rebels would make ISIS stronger."  

Host Bill Hemmer asked his guest about comments the two senators had made about Paul's view of the world with respect to foreign policy.  

"I'm really the one standing up to President Obama. And these people are essentially the lap dogs for President Obama and I think they're sensitive about that," Paul said.  

In the interview, Paul said he would consider himself a "Reagan Republican," but he also spoke out against what he might describe as inconsistency on the part of others.  

"Realize that these people who criticize me were for giving arms to [Mommar] Gadhafi last year or the year before, they were for toppling Gadhafi. So they're on both sides of so many wars. Some of these critics are for bombing both sides of the Syrian war. Their foreign policy is so disjointed, confusing and chaotic that really people need to re-examine those who want to be involved in every war," Paul said.  

"I say we get involved when there's American interest. I think we do have to militarily stop ISIS," he added. "But I am sad that ISIS got a lot of the weapons from interventionists in my party and the president who gave them the weapons indirectly."  

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