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Sen. Rand Paul and Sen. John McCain listen during a news conference on Capitol Hill in October 2011. Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images. Sen. Rand Paul and Sen. John McCain listen during a news conference on Capitol Hill in October 2011. Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images.  

John McCain, Rand Paul bring different perspectives to Senate foreign relations committee

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Although in the minority, the two are likely to use their membership on the panel to continue their debate about the proper Republican foreign policy. One issue that will loom large is the Iran: While both senators have supported some sanctions against the regime in Tehran, Paul has appeared more reluctant to consider American military force to stop any nuclear program.

New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez is likely to succeed Massachusetts Democratic Sen. John Kerry as chairman of the committee due to the latter’s nomination for secretary of state. Tennessee Republican Sen. Bob Corker is replacing defeated former Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar as the new ranking member.

Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake and Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson have also been assigned to the Foreign Relations Committee.

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