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For those who still believed Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) holds a small government view of America when it comes to foreign policy, he just removed all doubt.

Cruz suggested one “strong” contender for the recently vacant Secretary of Defense, currently held by Chuck Hagel, would be former Sen. Joe Lieberman.

“One strong option would be former Sen. Joe Lieberman, a member of the president’s own party with deep experience and unshakable commitment to the security of the United States,” Cruz said. “I urge the president to give him full and fair consideration for this critical position.”

Lieberman is a former Democratic senator from Connecticut, and a one-time Vice Presidential candidate, whose foreign policy is similar to that of Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-N.C.). Lieberman, McCain and Graham were frequently referred to as the “three amigos” due to their ideological agreements and personal closeness, particularly over issues related to foreign affairs.

Cruz’s support of Lieberman puts him in the more aggressive foreign policy camp, and at odds with more cautious Republicans like Sen. Rand Paul, who has been outspoken about American intervention abroad and the need for more restraint.

This is as bad as saying John McCain or Lindsey Graham would be a good defense secretary,” Rare’s Jack Hunter writes. “A huge slap in the face by Cruz to any libertarian who ever supported him.”

Cruz made headlines last year during the confirmation of Chuck Hagel, a Republican who has a reputation of being more skeptical of foreign intervention than most in his party, and the only Republican in the Obama administration cabinet.

“Hagel’s nomination has been publicly celebrated by the Iranian government — surely an occurrence without precedent for a nominee for secretary of Defense,” he said.

Cruz pressed Hagel hard during the confirmation hearing, taking him to task over his positions on Israel.

(H/T BenSwann)

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