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Murphy, Entering Second Six-Year Term, Takes Leading Role on Russia and Yemen

November 26, 2018 By Staff
Murphy, Entering Second Six-Year Term, Takes Leading Role on Russia and Yemen

The junior senator from Connecticut just won reelection by a healthy margin. In the weeks since his win, he's continuing a leading role on the left tackling the foreign policy crises in Yemen and Ukraine.

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), having just won reelection to another six-year term by a healthy margin and reportedly mulling a 2020 presidential run, is going into 2019 playing a leading role on the left in tackling the foreign policy crises in Ukraine and in Yemen.

Last week, Rolling Stone profiled Murphy’s “Lonely Quest to End the War in Yemen.”

In the profile, Murphy gives the Trump administration credit for early steps to address Saudi Arabia’s role in the Yemen conflict, but also criticized Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis for not “undertak[ing] the direct and consistent intervention necessary to end this quagmire.”

Rolling Stone argued Murphy has been an “often lonely voice” for ending the United States’ military support for Saudi Arabia:

For Chris Murphy, the newly re-elected junior senator from Connecticut, Yemen is a byword for the failures of American foreign policy in the Middle East. For the past three years, he has been a consistent and often lonely voice in the government for ending United States military support for Saudi Arabia’s war on its southern neighbor, which has turned the country into a hellish failed state while accomplishing nothing.

The profile caught the attention of Tommy Vietor, the former Obama spokesman and current podcast host:

Murphy was also one of the first U.S. senators to respond to Russia’s latest intervention in Ukraine:

Back in September, Reclaim Connecticut noted that Murphy tweeted out a detailed progressive foreign policy platform. That platform could be one of the ways Murphy seeks to distinguish himself from other candidates should he run for president in 2020.