Trio of Republican 2016 hopefuls stake out positions with Syria vote

By Gabriel Debenedetti WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Three likely Republican White House contenders thrust the party’s foreign policy divide into the spotlight with their Thursday votes and comments on a measure to arm moderate Syrian rebels. While Florida Senator Marco Rubio voted in favor of the plan, which passed, Kentucky’s Rand Paul and Texas Senator Ted Cruz voted against it, with Paul opposing intervention and Cruz arguing that President Barack Obama had not provided a clear plan to combat Islamic State. “Intervention is a mistake. Intervention when both sides are evil is a mistake. …

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