Rand Paul's Cuba Split Fuels GOP Skepticism

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) again finds himself at odds with many in the GOP on foreign policy, after he came out in support of the Obama administration’s move to normalize relations with Cuba. 

By fueling his isolationist image, Paul has set himself up for what will likely be a bruising battle on international issues with other GOP contenders in the primaries if he chooses to run for president.

A Paul spokesman hit back that the senator's position was intended to open relations with countries, and his detractors had political motivations.

Several Republican strategists say Paul is positioning himself to fight a battle over foreign policy that he can’t win in the Republican primaries if he runs for president.

“This is going to set him back with early [Republican] primary voters who believe in muscular foreign policy,” said GOP strategist Ford O’Connell. “It’s a systematic Rand Paul problem, and it’s what happens when he tries to morph his libertarian ideas into conservative philosophy.”

Read more from Jonathan Easley at The Hill

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