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'Lindsey Graham Is a Danger to the Country': Rand Paul Warns Against Reckless Republican War-Mongering

CNN's Wolf Blitzer was taken aback by the lawmaker's harsh rebuke of a fellow Republican.

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While U.S. senators often go out of their way not to excessively disparage their colleagues in personal terms, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) took the rare step Monday of declaring fellow Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham (SC) a "danger to the country." 

Paul made the comments on CNN while discussing the North Korea summit with Wolf Blitzer on "The Situation Room." Blitzer noted that Graham has called for a vote on an authorization of the use of military force against North Korea should President Donald Trump's negotiations fail.

"Lindsey Graham is a danger to the country by even proposing ideas like authorizing war with Korea, my goodness,” Paul said. "That should be something that is seen as naive and seen as something that really serious people shouldn't really even be discussing."

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"You're calling a fellow Republican senator a 'danger to the country'?" Blitzer asked. "I want you to elaborate."

 "Well, if you've watched over time, I think what you've seen with Lindsey Graham is a naive worldview where he believes that war is always the answer, and that also means that expenditures for war are always the answer," Paul said. "And so I think that's bankrupting us as a country. But it's also gotten us involved in dozens and dozens of wars, where it's not really clear what the American interest is in those wars. And I think sometimes the reaction to our involvement in those wars is actually worse than had we not been involved at all."

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Cody Fenwick is a reporter and editor. Follow him on Twitter @codytfenwick.