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Rand Paul: Hillary will 'take us back to war'

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has a warning for war-weary Americans who often criticize the Bush administration for intervening in the Middle East.

"It turns out that probably the most likely candidate to take us back to war is Hillary Clinton," the Republican presidential candidate told NBC's "Meet the Press."

Clinton's support for regime change in certain situations could pull the U.S. back into war, Paul argued Sunday morning.

"The difference is President Obama and Hillary Clinton both supported arming the Syrian rebels, the Islamic rebels against [Syrian President Bashar] Assad. I wouldn't have done that," Paul said. "They also supported toppling [Muammar] Gaddafi in Libya."

"The interesting thing is while Obama gets blamed for not intervening enough, he's actually intervened quite a bit in the Middle East and not to our benefit," Paul added.

Meanwhile, Paul also accused Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas), a fellow Republican presidential candidate, of copying his stance on foreign policy: "You know what they say, 'Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,'" he quipped.

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