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If Kentucky Senator Rand Paul and President-elect Donald Trump have anything at all in common beyond the desire for smaller government and lower taxes, it’s the rejection of the establishment neoconservative Republican penchant for endless wars in foreign places.
Trump’s pick then for his top cabinet post, that of secretary of state, would ideally be someone who shares his view of Reagan-like peace through strength, as opposed to the nation-building and endless war that caused the last Republican President, George W. Bush, to lose both houses of Congress and the support of a majority of Americans.
Given this view, Senator Paul recently weighed in on who he would choose of the four remaining candidates – fellow Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee.
“I think he would be a great pick,” Paul told Politico on Thursday.
While two of the other prospects, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, have both been loyal Trump supporters, both are more “establishment” Republicans when it comes to foreign policy.
“I do think that in comparison to people like Bolton or Giuliani, that he’s [Corker is] much more reasonable diplomatically,” the Kentucky Senator said. “[Corker is] more from the realist point of view, as far as foreign policy.”
Corker would also be a respected pick among Democrats, who respect his knowledge and temperament. Maryland Democratic Senator Ben Cardin told Politico: “I don’t like to predict what happens in the Senate, but I would tell you: He would be very well-received by the Senate. I believe he’s been an outstanding chairman.”
Another Democratic Senator who has traveled abroad with Corker, Delaware’s Chris Coons, said of the Tennessee senator: “He has advanced a very conservative agenda as chairman, but I really respect him personally. He has an enormous amount of knowledge about the world and our place in it, and I think he would be a strong choice.”
Not everyone will be happy with any pick Trump makes for this high-profile position, but someone as well-respected as Corker who both supported the then Republican nominee as well as generally adheres to Trump’s vision of foreign policy would seem to be a real slam dunk.
And better still, his name isn’t Mitt Romney!
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