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politics lead

March 6th, 2014
02:42 PM ET

Web exclusive: Gov. Rick Perry reacts to Sen. Ted Cruz' fiery CPAC remarks

Watch CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" at 4 p.m. ET for more of our interview with Texas Governor Rick Perry

(CNN) – Governor Rick Perry reacted to fellow Texan Sen. Ted Cruz' fiery remarks at the Conservative Political Action Conference, where Cruz again slammed establishment Republicans.

"And of course all of us remember President Dole. And President McCain. And President Romney. Now, look, those are good men. They're decent men. But when you don't stand and draw a clear a distinction, when you don't stand for principle, Democrats celebrate," Cruz said Thursday.
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March 6th, 2014
11:19 AM ET

GOP senator compares Putin's ambitions to Hitler's

(CNN) – Republican Sen. Dan Coats has said Russian President Vladimir Putin has imperial ambitions that could threaten the international community. Russia is under fire for its military invasion into neighboring Ukraine.

"This first step is something we ought to put in the context of history. When the Soviet Union came unglued, it was thought that they are not going to be a major world player. Putin has put himself in the place of saying, 'No, I want to restore Russia to its former position,'" said Coats.

Putin insisted Wednesday his military isn't planning to seize Ukraine's Crimean peninsula – but didn't close the door on action "to protect local people." Crimea is mostly populated by ethnic Russians. Should Russian troops intervene, Putin said, "It will be legitimate and correspond to international law because we have a direct request from a legitimate president and it corresponds to our interests in protecting people who are close to us."

"Does this not remind us of what happened with Hitler in the early '20s and '30s?" said Coats.
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March 6th, 2014
11:15 AM ET

Expert: New sanctions on Russia will not have much effect

(CNN) – With the crisis in Ukraine, global diplomacy is moving quickly. The U.S. sanctioned some Russian and Ukrainian officials by imposing a visa ban, and Russia's foreign minister is meeting john Secretary of State John Kerry in Rome Thursday, after the foreign minister Sergey Lavrov accused NATO of making the situation worse.

"These sanctions imposed by the U.S. ... it's more of a Washington story. The administration wants to get out ahead of the Congress, otherwise the Congress will get out ahead of the ... administration," said four-time U.S. Ambassador, who most recently served as ambassador to Iraq, Christopher Hill.

"I don't think these sanctions will have much of an effect on the way the Russians really think about it. I don't think they're coercive in the sense of the Russians will hit the side of the head with the palm of their hands and say, 'Oh boy, we have got to change our ways.' It's more punitive and it's more an effort to show the U.S. isn't just sitting there," said Hill

For more from Christopher Hill, now serving as Dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, check out the video above.

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