DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul says the Obama administration's decision to intervene in Libya contradicts the president's campaign statements about military action without Congressional approval.
Paul told a group of Iowa College Republicans on Saturday that Obama's airstrikes in Libya are hypocritical. He pointed to Obama's pre-election statement that presidents should not unilaterally authorize military action unless an imminent threat exists.
Paul's remarks were part of his small-government message as he travels Iowa this weekend.
He has become one of the Republican Party's highest-profile senators, and his visit demonstrates changes in the Iowa party since his father ran for president in 2008.
Former state Republican Party Chairman Stewart Iverson says he thinks U.S. Rep. Ron Paul's message about reduced spending would be more accepted now by Iowa Republicans.
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