Point/CounterPoint: Should We Be Concerned About Sarah Palin’s Endorsement of Rand Paul?


From Louisville Mojo:

As Republican US Senate candidate Dr. Rand Paul approaches his biggest campaign event yet—a Saturday rally at the Fairgrounds that will feature Paul onstage with his dad, former Presidential candidate and US Congressman Dr. Ron Paul—the big news is an upcoming endorsement from 2008 Republican Vice-Presidential nominee Sarah Palin.

David Adams, Paul’s campaign manager, said he would announce the endorsement “as soon as we get it.”

Janet Levy: Kiss of Death for Sarah Palin?

Rand Paul has expressed opposition to the Patriot Act, has supported the cutting of military spending, has endorsed the shutting down of GITMO and has called for the banning of harsh interrogation of Muslim terrorists. His father (“the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” theory), Ron Paul, wants to end all foreign aid to Israel and see the United States sever its alliance with Israel.  He has gone so far as to denounce the pro-Israel lobby on Capitol Hill, but NOT the Saudi lobby.  The elder Paul is a staunch critic of military action against Iran.

Palin has just cast her political star in a potentially career-killing direction.  I was never a big fan but now I’m definitely no fan at all.

David Swindle: Should We Respond as Though Sarah Palin endorsed Ron Paul?

I have tremendous admiration for Janet Levy’s spirited defenses of Israel and the Jewish people. And I share her disgust for the obscene positions of the embarrassing, crackpot congressman Ron Paul.

While many of Rand Paul’s foreign policy positions are not where we’d like them to be, he does not appear to be the anti-Israel zealot his father is.

Thus, this does not yet appear to be a reason for supporters of Israel to turn on Sarah Palin. However, this is an issue which needs to be explored further before I would more fully disagree with Janet’s position.