On Tuesday Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is expected to announce his 2016 presidential run. As the announcement approaches, both sides of the political spectrum are stepping up attacks against Paul.
Amanda Terkel, writing AOL’s Huffington Post, criticizes Paul’s appearance in a documentary denouncing the gay rights agenda.
“The film, ‘Light Wins: How To Overcome The Criminalization Of Christianity,’ is a project by socially conservative activist Janet Porter,” writes Terkel, a senior Huffpo editor involved with the Democrat pro-war Center for American Progress and Soros-funded ThinkProgress. “It features a who’s who of anti-gay activists, including pastor Scott Lively and Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafly. The documentary warns that the religious right is getting pushed aside by the ‘homosexual lobby.’”
Paul told Huffpo he was unaware of his appearance in the film. “I saw [the news about the documentary] this morning,” he said on Feb. 12. “I don’t know anything about it. I’ve never heard of it until today,” he said.
On the other side of political spectrum, South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said he believes Paul is the only potential candidate running for the presidency who could not get a better deal with Iran than Obama.
“The best deal, I think, comes with a new president. Hillary Clinton would do better. I think everybody on our side, except maybe Rand Paul, could do better,” Graham told CBS’ “Face The Nation.”
Republican candidates have uniformly come out against the nuclear deal negotiated with Iran last week.
“These negotiations began, by President Obama’s own admission, as an effort to deny Iran nuclear capabilities, but instead will only legitimize those activities,” former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said in a statement. “I cannot stand behind such a flawed agreement.”
Gov. Scott Walker, Sen. Marco Rubio and former Texas Governor Rick Perry have all criticized the Obama administration for its handling of the negotiations with Iran.
“Americans and our allies are right to be wary of a nuclear deal w/ Iran that is riddled with concessions by the Obama administration,” Perry tweeted.
Despite sweeping concession made by Iran, Republicans and many Democrats characterize the deal as kowtowing to the Islamic state.
The deal agreed to will allow the most intrusive International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspection ever conducted, drastically cut Iran’s ability to enrich uranium, and dismantle much of the country’s civil nuclear program.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insists the brokered deal with allow Iran will create a dangerous nuclear arms race in the Middle East.
Netanyahu argues sanctions must be in place to “change in Iran’s behavior, namely that they stop their aggression in the region, that they stop their worldwide terrorism, and that they stop calling and working for the annihilation of Israel.”