07/14/2014 08:46 am ET Updated Jul 14, 2014

Rand Paul: Rick Perry Is 'Dead Wrong'

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) fired back at Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) in an op-ed published by Politico Monday, saying the governor is "dead wrong" to criticize Paul's foreign policy.

Perry called Paul's views on the situation in Iraq "disheartening" an op-ed published in the Washington Post on July 11, saying the senator "seems curiously blind" to the threat the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham is to U.S. national security.

"Viewed together, Obama’s policies have certainly led us to this dangerous point in Iraq and Syria, but Paul’s brand of isolationism (or whatever term he prefers) would compound the threat of terrorism even further," Perry wrote.

Paul fired back, saying Perry's new glasses "haven’t altered his perception of the world, or allowed him to see it any more clearly" and calling the governor's op-ed a "fictionalized account" that mischaracterizes Paul's foreign policy views:

In fact, some of Perry’s solutions for the current chaos in Iraq aren’t much different from what I’ve proposed, something he fails to mention. His solutions also aren’t much different from President Barack Obama’s, something he also fails to mention. Because interestingly enough, there aren’t that many good choices right now in dealing with this situation in Iraq.

Perry says there are no good options. I’ve said the same thing. President Obama has said the same thing. So what are Perry’s solutions and why does he think they are so bold and different than anyone else’s?

Both Perry and Paul have said they are considering 2016 presidential runs.

Read Perry's op-ed here, and see Paul's response here.



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