November 25, 2015—Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) did not wait to be interviewed to share his thoughts on the incident involving a Russian fighter jet and Turkish forces. On his Facebook page, Paul touched on the incident and used it to remind his followers that diplomacy and dialogue are the best way to get things done.
Unlike Marco Rubio, another prominent presidential contender, Paul dismissed calls for war with Russia by saying that the “shooting down of a Russian fighter jet illustrates precisely why we need open lines of communication with Russia and should resist calls from some Presidential candidates to isolate ourselves from discussions with our adversaries.”
These comments appear to hit candidates like Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, and Marco Rubio, two candidates who have claimed they would be open to start a war with Russia if elected.
But Paul, on the other hand, prefers to remind the public of the Ronald Reagan option. To the Kentucky conservative, Reagan’s foreign policy encouraged open communication between superpowers.
In his post, Paul also took a jab at “no-fly zone” candidates like Rubio, Fiorina, Chris Christie, Ben Carson, Jeb Bush, and Hillary Clinton by reminding them that “shooting down other countries’ fighter jets will be the result [of a no-fly zone policy] and a war between nuclear superpowers a possibility.”
He has called the no-fly zone idea the “dumbest idea ever” in an interview in the past:
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