Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) said Wednesday he considers his views on foreign policy to be "somewhere in between" the poles of libertarian-leaning Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and hawkish GOP Sens. John McCain (Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (S.C.).


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"I agree with Rand Paul that we should not intervene militarily in Syria, because it's not in defense of our U.S. national security interests," said Cruz during a question-and-answer session following a speech at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank.

But, Cruz added, he also agrees "with John McCain that if Iran is on the verge of acquiring nuclear weapons that we should intervene militarily to prevent it from acquiring those weapons. Why? Because it is in the vital national security interest of the United States."

Paul and McCain/Graham are on opposite ends of the foreign policy spectrum, leaving lots of room in between.