While many of his Republican rivals are publicly calling for stronger military action against the Islamic State following last Friday's terror attacks in Paris, GOP presidential hopeful Rand Paul has been distinctly careful to react.
The Kentucky senator was one of six GOP candidates to address voters in Orlando, Fla., Saturday at the 2015 Sunshine Summit, but the only White House hopeful to steer clear of addressing the tragedy in Paris at length.
Unlike Carly Fiorina, who took the stage hours after Paul and pledged to offer "support, weapons, material and intelligence sharing" to our allies fighting the Islamic State on the ground. Or Chris Christie, who told the crowd, "America needs to assert itself again on the world stage." Paul instead shifted the conversation to the Syrian refugee crisis.
"One of the lessons we should learn from the tragedy in Paris is that we have to be very careful and extraordinarily cautious about who comes to visit, who emigrates here and who comes to study here," he said, marking the only mention of Paris during more than 20 minutes of remarks.
Later on, Paul was asked how he would handle the terrorist group in the wake of the Paris attacks. The notoriously dovish senator answered by jabbing Florida Sen. Marco Rubio for blocking an amendment of his to the 2013 "Gang of Eight" immigration bill that would have implemented new screening requirements for U.S.-bound immigrants.