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Group's Ad Links Rand Paul to Obama on National Security

By    |   Tuesday, 07 April 2015 11:47 AM

With Sen. Rand Paul announcing his bid for the White House on Tuesday, a new television advertisement slams him as "dangerous" for supporting President Barack Obama's Iran policy.

The 30-second spot is part of a $1 million ad buy that is slated to air on Fox News and broadcast networks and in the first four states voting in 2016 — Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina – The New York Times reported.

The ad attacking the Kentucky Republican is being run by a 501(c)4 group, the Foundation for a Secure and Prosperous America, which doesn't have to disclose its donors.

The  group is headed by Rick Reed, a strategist involved in the "Swiftboat Veterans for Truth" attacks against John Kerry's Vietnam war record launched during the 2004 presidential campaign.

The first spot highlights President Obama's opposition to new Iran sanctions.

"The Senate is considering tough new sanctions on Iran," the narrator states. "President Obama says he'll veto them and Rand Paul is standing with him. Rand Paul supports Obama's negotiations with Iran. But he doesn't understand the threat."

The audio then cuts to a recording from a 2007 interview in which Paul defended the position taken by his father, then-Texas Rep. Ron Paul, who ran for president the following year as a staunch opponent of U.S. military action against Iran.

"You know, it's ridiculous to think that they're a threat to our national security," Rand Paul said at the time.

Then, according to the Times, the ad ends with images showing the detonation of a nuclear bomb as a narrator declares: "Rand Paul is wrong and dangerous. Tell him to stop siding with Obama because even one Iranian bomb would be a disaster."

Sen. Paul has come under repeated fire in recent months from foreign policy hawks who believe he is soft on Iran. Late last year, for example, The Washington Examiner's Philip Klein wrote an op-ed in which he blasted Paul for having "embraced the disastrous, John Kerry-led negotiations with the radical Islamic regime."

Klein quoted comments made by Paul at an event sponsored by The Wall Street Journal late last year in which he opposed increasing U.S. sanctions on Iran, stating that "it would be a mistake to push them away from the table."

Klein noted that in 2013, Kerry begged Congress to hold off on sanctions and give his negotiators more time to get results. Since then, Tehran "has pocketed tens of billions of dollars in sanctions relief as well as concessions on uranium enrichment, plutonium development and missile technology."

Kerry "is getting played like a rube, and the only ones defending the Obama administration are its remaining sycophants," Klein wrote. Were Paul to vote against sanctions in the Senate, Klein added, he would face the difficult task of defending during the Republican primary "why he took a lonely stand to give bipartisan cover to a farce that has come to epitomize Obama's failed foreign policy."

Paul's supporters have launched a fierce counterattack of their own. On Tuesday, Breitbart published a story pointing to the Times piece as an example of how "establishment Republicans are falsely smearing Sen. Rand Paul …with a million dollars worth of inaccurate attack ads" on his foreign policy views.

The Breitbart piece dismisses Rand Paul's 2007 comments on Iran as an "old interview" and quotes more recent comments from the senator in which he voices strong support for Israel and highlights his efforts to cut off the flow of U.S. tax dollars to the Palestinian Authority for supporting terrorism by aligning itself with Hamas.

Breitbart also points to recent comments by Paul slamming Obama for talking about taking an Iran nuclear deal to the United Nations, as well as calls by the senator for the United States to arm the Kurds to fight ISIS and statements of support for U.S. military intervention against ISIS.

Paul also signed the recent letter by Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton to Iranian leaders warning them that any deal Obama makes with Iran without congressional approval would be non-binding after he leaves office.

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