October 11, 2012 04:44 PM CDT
It appears as though Senator Paul is attempting to flex some political muscle.
Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul is running ads against Democratic senators who voted to continue foreign aid to Egypt, Pakistan and Libya.
The first two targets are Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Sen. Bill Nelson in Florida. Ads in other battleground states may be forthcoming.
After a September wave of anti-American violence in the region, including the murder of the U.S. ambassador to Libya, Paul forced a vote on a measure that would have suspended foreign aid to the three countries mentioned in the ads.
The bill was defeated 81 to 10, with no Democrats voting in favor.
Senator Paul may not need to defeat either Senator Manchin or Senator Nelson in order to succeed in gaining political power. If he can dent their poll numbers enough, it may gain him some extra cooperation in the next Congress.