As Rand Paul joins Ted Cruz in a relatively lonely (yet early) contending field for the presidential position, the interest from the rest of the world continues to grow.
The office of the President of the United States is the most powerful political position in the entire world. Given executive power over the largest economy and the largest economy, the President of the United States makes decisions that not only impact Americans, but the rest of the world.
Although the GOP field is relatively small, the views of the candidates carries great weight.
Ted Cruz, the champion of the Tea Party, was first to join the race. Cruz argues for less international involvement of American money in nation building. From an international point of view, such a stance could cause some nations to be nervous.
The United States has built a name for itself as a suporter of democracy. Involvement in the Arab Spring and military conflict in the Middle East was inspired by America’s desire to expand democracy. Under a Cruz administration, such efforts would decrease.
Could this be good for America? Involvement in international affairs has not been without controversy. However, it is hard to argue that American influence has had no positive results.
As Cruz’s foreign policy evolves and takes shape, many will play close attention. International interest will be sparked as he delcares what his administration will strive to accomplish.
Another Tea Part contender and recent (as of today) entrant into the presidential bid is Rand Paul.
Rand Paul doesn’t really fit in to either of the majority political parties. He is libertarian in many aspects yet surprisingly liberal in others.
However, his foreign policy agenda has historically been very libertarian. Rand Paul has been very interested in reducing foreign military involvement and focusing more on the United States’ own problems.
Yet his previous stances have also seemed to adapt as his campaign for presidency has grown. Paul has proposed a nearly $200 billion increase in Defense spending. Such an increase is intended to expand the US’s foreign presence.
Although it is very early in the campaign trail, it is worth becoming involved now. The future President of the United States will have a dramatic influence on the state of international diplomacy and is of crucial importance to world stability.