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McCain, Cruz and Rubio dish on Putin: three senators draw a red line

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Russia President Vladimir Putin’s foray into journalism is still drawing the ire of American lawmakers. Just a sampling of what’s out there:

“Putin’s NYT op-ed is an insult to the intelligence of every American.”

- Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, in a tweet following Mr. Putin’s contribution to The New York Times that cautions the U.S. not to consider itself “exceptional” and to “avoid force” in Syria.

“Mr. Putin worries that it is ‘extremely dangerous’ for President Obama to encourage Americans to see themselves as exceptional. His concern is well placed. Historically it has not boded well for autocrats when Americans are clearly focused on the values and principles that have made our nation great.”

- Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, reacting to the same op-ed.

“History teaches us that a strong and engaged America is a source of good in the world.”

- Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, on Mr. Putin’s claims.

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