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Sen. Ayotte to Rand Paul: McCain, Graham Not Obama 'Lapdogs'

By    |   Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 06:25 PM

New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte defended her fellow Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham against accusations from Sen. Rand Paul that the two are essentially "lapdogs" of President Barack Obama.

Paul, a Kentucky Republican and 2016 presidential hopeful, accused the longtime senators from his own party of being proponents of Obama's foreign policy.

"If there’s anyone who is the most opposed to President Obama’s foreign policy, it’s me," Paul told Fox News Channel's Bill Hemmer on Tuesday. "And these people who call loudest to criticize me are great proponents of President Obama’s foreign policy. They just want to do it 10 times over."

Paul said he is the only one standing up to Obama, "and these people are essentially the lapdogs for President Obama and I think they’re sensitive about that."

Ayotte, appearing later on Fox News Channel's "Your World with Neil Cavuto," disputed Paul's assessment, saying, "That's just not the case."

McCain and Graham both have been strong leaders on national security and have stood up to the administration repeatedly, she said.

But she declined to go after Paul, citing Ronald Reagan's "Eleventh Commandment" to not speak ill of a fellow Republican.

"I know one thing about all three of my colleagues: They all agree Barack Obama should no longer be commander in chief," Ayotte said.

She credited Paul's words to the presidential campaign in which "you can have lively disagreements on a number of issues."

Paul told Fox News' Hemmer that he, too, considers himself a "Reagan Republican," but said he believes in calling out what he sees as inconsistencies in others.

"Realize that these people who criticize me were for giving arms to [Moammar] Gadhafi last year or the year before, they were for toppling Gadhafi. So they’re on both sides of so many wars," Paul said. "Some of these critics are for bombing both sides of the Syrian war. Their foreign policy is so disjointed, confusing and chaotic that really people need to re-examine those who want to be involved in every war."

Ayotte was not shy about criticizing the Democratic president, whom she said has not used America's leverage in dealing with Iran during the nuclear negotiations.

She called it "absurd" that Iran's activities as the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism has been off the table.

"Here we are in this potential confrontation leading to Yemen, and yet, it's not being discussed at all in the context of these negotiations," she said, referring to Iran supplying the Houthi rebels inside Yemen.

"We're not asking them to stop their terrorism in the region, which is causing this confrontation right now," Ayotte said.

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New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte defended her fellow Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham against accusations from Sen. Rand Paul that the two are essentially "lapdogs" of President Barack Obama.
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