New Senate class is vocal on foreign policy

DONNA CASSATA Associated Press Published:

WASHINGTON -- Fresh voices in the U.S. Senate are speaking loudly on foreign policy.

It's a new generation reflecting a war-weary nation cautious about America's next moves.

Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and Rand Paul of Kentucky stand on either side of the growing Republican divide. It pits those favoring more robust engagement overseas against isolationist, deficit-driven concerns. Democrat Chris Murphy of Connecticut is at the forefront on Ukraine while Tim Kaine of Virginia focuses on Afghanistan.

Committee leaders get attention and coveted spots on the Sunday morning talk shows -- the only-in-Washington standard that says a senator has arrived.

When topics are global hot spots like Ukraine, Afghanistan, Syria and Iran, television hosts turn to this new group of senators -- young, studious, with a few years on the job.

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