(WASHINGTON) — The rivalry between a couple of Republican Tea Party darlings intensified Monday as Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul took a not-so veiled swipe at Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in an op-ed published by the conservative Breitbart News.
While not naming names, Paul referenced comments Cruz made at the recently concluded Conservative Political Action Conference in which Cruz talked about emulating the foreign policy successes of the late President Ronald Reagan along with faulting the GOP for nominating who he considers conservative lightweights such as Mitt Romney and John McCain for president.
Paul, who may be seeking the GOP nod for the White House in 2016, wrote, “I will remind anyone who thinks we will win elections by trashing previous Republican nominees or holding oneself out as some paragon in the mold of Reagan, that splintering the party is not the route to victory.”
Although the two senators are in synch about domestic issues, particularly regarding cutting government spending and repealing the new health care law, they split on foreign policy. Cruz has said that he disagrees with Paul’s more isolationist approach to handling the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.
Responding to that, Paul wrote in Breitbart News that the party is more in line with him that Russia should be isolated while holding back militarily, adding, “What we don’t need right now is politicians who have never seen war talking tough for the sake of their political careers.”
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John Newsome and Anne Woolsey, CNN