Senator Rand Paul has been an admirer of Donald Trump’s willingness to campaign against the hawkish foreign policy of Republican party standard bearers like Senator John McCain and former President George W. Bush. Now that he’s the President-elect, the Kentucky Senator wants him to keep his promise and pick a Secretary of State that will have a similar vision.
Of the candidates being considered by Trump, Paul wants Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) for the post.
“I think he would be a great pick,” Paul said to Politico on Thursday.
Paul has been very vocal during the process having criticized other potential nominees including former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton. Both of them are strong advocates of nation-building and endless war.
“I do think that in comparison to people like Bolton or Giuliani, that he’s much more reasonable diplomatically,” Paul continued. “(Corker is) more from the realist point of view, as far as foreign policy.”
Corker isn’t as nearly anti-war as other prospective picks that have been mentioned in the past, including Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D) and California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R). However, he’s also not a neoconservative ideologue.
Democrats also respect Corker’s temperament and knowledge.
“I don’t like to predict what happens in the Senate, but I would tell you: He would be very well-received by the Senate,” Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin (D), the top minority member of the Foreign Relations Committee that Corker chairs, said to Politico. “I believe he’s been an outstanding chairman.”
Picking Corker would allow Trump to have an experienced insider who can keep to Trump’s vision of a more humble foreign policy.