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Sen. Rand Paul: Romney for State an 'Even-Keel' Pick

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By    |   Sunday, 20 Nov 2016 12:02 PM

There'll be a "very close vote" in Senate confirmation hearings for President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of State – and it could go against either John Bolton or Rudy Giuliani, Sen. Rand Paul said Sunday.

In an interview on CBS News' "Face The Nation," the Kentucky Republican said Mitt Romney would be a more "even-keel" pick for the selection of the nation's top diplomat.

"I think Giuliani and Bolton are out there on the extreme," he said. "You don't want someone throwing bombs or advocating regime change. Both Bolton and Giuliani have advocated for regime change in Iran, and that doesn't sound like diplomacy. That sounds like war."

"It's a very close vote" in the Senate in the confirmation process Paul said.

"There's 52 Republicans. Some of the people that have been put forward I think are not guaranteed to get any Democrat support, so they lose my support and a couple other Republicans. Many Republicans have come up to me and said, 'you know what, Bolton is a bomb-thrower. He's not this even keel with a world view that we want over there. We want someone a little more rational or reasonable.'

"So I think that there are several potential Republican votes against someone like a Bolton, possibly Giuliani."

"The other thing Giuliani will stir up is it will be a hornet's files on all the financial stuff.," he said, referring to Giuliani's consulting business that has dealings with foreign governments. 


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There'll be a very close vote in Senate confirmation hearings for President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of State - and it could go against either John Bolton or Rudy Giuliani, Sen. Rand Paul said Sunday.
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