Murphy Seeks to Be Progressive Voice in Foreign Policy Debates

Posted February 6, 2015 at 5:04am

A Democratic senator has launched a new campaign-style effort to lend a voice to progressives in foreign policy, saying there’s a void in the current debate, Roll Call reports.  

Sen. Christopher S. Murphy’s new campaign, which features a new website and social media engagement, makes the case that those with more liberal views on foreign affairs have been underserved in current debates about global hotspots, with the conversation focusing on disagreements between the likes of President Barack Obama, and hawkish and libertarian Republicans — like the split between John McCain of Arizona and Rand Paul of Kentucky, for instance.  

“The dominance of the President, Senator McCain, and Senator Paul on foreign policy should trouble progressives. Why? To state the obvious, because none of these three camps adequately represents the views of most American progressives,” Murphy wrote in a post on Medium.  

In that post, Murphy, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, said that a progressive view might include a substantial increase in the budget for diplomacy relative to the Pentagon.