‘Isolationist’ Rand Paul to Speak at Aircraft Carrier Site

Sen. Rand Paul hopes his scheduled presidential campaign appearance in front of an aircraft carrier will relax the concerns of Republicans who consider him an isolationist on foreign policy, according to The Huffington Post.

The Kentucky lawmaker, who describes himself as a libertarian, has said he will announce his bid for the Republican presidential nomination April 7. Two days later, he plans to be in Mount Pleasant, S.C., the site of the U.S.S. Yorktown. The ship, which was used during World War II in the South Pacific, has been decommissioned and converted to serve as a military museum.

HuffPost pointed out that Paul is renowned for his opposition to U.S. involvement in foreign nations’ affairs. Other contenders for the nomination who favor a stronger American military presence around the world are expected to criticize him for his past statements.

To contend with the foreign policy hawks, Paul is speaking out more aggressively against the Islamic State militant group. He also was among the 47 Senate Republicans who sent a letter to Iranian leaders, urging them to reject a nuclear-arms deal; and recently announced his support of a new state for Kurds living in Iraq and Syria.

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