Monday, January 7, 2013

Sen. Rand Paul to fuel presidential speculation by meeting with Israeli leaders

Most senators trigger speculation about a possible presidential campaign by scheduling visits to Iowa or New Hampshire. Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul is attracting questions about his 2016 intentions by traveling to Israel this week.

Paul is scheduled to meet Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres, the Jerusalem Post reported Thursday. The meetings coincide with the senator’s 50th birthday.

Paul is also expected to travel to Jordan on Tuesday to meet with King Abdullah and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. While in his Israel, he will address the Jerusalem Institute for Market Studies on fiscal policy and foreign aid.

The trip comes as GOP Senate leaders have assigned Paul to serve on the Foreign Relations Committee. While the tea party senator is best known for his strong fiscal conservatism and a desire for cuts in the federal budget, he has occasionally bucked the GOP line on foreign policy.

“I want to know more about the issues… [and] try to figure out why we don’t seem to be able to achieve peace over there,” he has told reporters. “If you want to be part of the national debate and hopefully part of the solution...

Source: Daily Caller

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