Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., says his response to the Russian invasion of the Ukraine would be to drill for oil and gas “in every possible conceivable place” in the U.S.
Paul, who was the winner by far of the CPAC presidential straw poll, taking 31 percent of the vote, appeared on “Fox News Sunday.”
“I would immediately get every obstacle out of the way for our export of oil and gas, and I would begin drilling every possible, conceivable place within our territories in order to have production that we can supply Europe with if its interrupted from Ukraine,” Paul told host Chris Wallace.
“But Senator, some of your Republican opponents, as you well know, say that you’re too soft on foreign policy," Wallace responded, "and they point to comments like this that you made last month: ‘Though the Cold War is largely over, I think we need to have a respectful, sometimes adversarial, but a respectful relationship with Russia.’”
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“I opposed with real fervor the involvement of us in Syria, and that became the dominant position in the country,” Paul said. “There’s not one Republican who’s saying we should put military troops into Crimea, or into Ukraine. So I think I’m right in the middle. I think those who would try to argue that somehow I’m different than the mainstream Republican opinion are trying to take advantage for their own political gain.”
There are Republicans who want the U.S. to consider military action.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney told CBS News this morning that he feels it is a mistake for President Barack Obama to take military action off the table regarding the Russian invasion of the Ukraine.
“I worry when we begin to address the crisis, the first thing we do is take options off the table,” Cheney said. “In the sense of saying ‘no military.’ [Obama] seems to operate that way most of the time. There are military options that don’t involve putting groups on the ground in Crimea.”