Rand Paul Responds: "Pundits Who Know Nothing But Glory For War, They Live Inside The Beltway"

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Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul appeared on MSNBC's Hardball for an interview with network host Chris Matthews.

Paul addressed comments earlier this week where he blamed hawks in the Republican party for the creation of ISIS.

"Here's the interesting thing. Some of these pundits who know nothing but glory for war, they live inside the beltway and have not yet been to America so I invite them to come to Iowa. I invite them to come to New Hampshire," Paul said.

"I don't know how you can be an honest intellectual person to take an approach in the Middle East and not believe that we've gotten some things that we really didn't intend to happen," Paul told Matthews.

CHRIS MATTHEWS: Let me ask you. Your book is pretty clear. You say some people are too eager to go to war, and I've watched you over the years and I think you're very consistent on that. It's almost like they're reading you out of the party, Bill Kristol says you ought to be Bernie Sanders, you're a liberal Democrat. Suppose they're right. Are they right that you're really the only person not a hawk in your party running for president?

PAUL: Here's the interesting thing. Some of these pundits who know nothing but glory for war, they live inside the beltway and have not yet been to America so I invite them to come to Iowa. I invite them to come to New Hampshire.

There was a poll in Iowa a couple of months ago, and it said, do you believe in more intervention, more foreign intervention, like John McCain or less intervention like Rand Paul? It was almost evenly split.
There's a good chunk of the Republican Party who thinks that we should think before we act, that war is not always the answer, that war may be the last resort, not the first resort, that we have to defend ourselves.

We have to have a strong national defense but that sometimes we've intervened in the Middle East and sometimes we've had unintended consequences, and I don't know how you can be an honest intellectual person to take an approach in the Middle East and not believe that we've gotten some things that we really didn't intend to happen.

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