Rivals Bash Ron Paul on Foreign Policy
While Paul counters with support from veterans
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 29, 2011 8:19 AM CST
Presidential hopeful U.S. Rep Ron Paul (R) (R-TX) salutes veterans during a campaign event at the Iowa State Fairgrounds on December 28, 2011 in Des Moines, Iowa.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Now that Ron Paul looks like an actual threat to win the Iowa caucuses, his rivals are at last taking shots at him, aiming primarily at what they think is his biggest weakness: foreign policy. “You don’t have to vote for a candidate who will allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon to wipe Israel off the face of the Earth,” Rick Perry said yesterday, without mentioning Paul by name, Politico reports. Rick Santorum has called Paul’s non-interventionist views “scary.”

Mitt Romney struck the same note as Perry. “One of the people running for president thinks it's OK for Iran to have a nuclear weapon,” he said yesterday, according to the LA Times. “I don’t.” Paul has tried to guard against such criticisms by touting his support from veterans—at one event he showed a photo of himself in a military uniform, with the caption, “Ron Paul has raised more funds from active military personnel than all other GOP competitors combined."