Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, defined his foreign policy views on Thursday -- carefully positioning himself between the hawkish Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and the more anti-interventionist views of Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.

"On one side you have the views of John McCain. The other end of the spectrum, you have the views of Rand Paul," he said. "Now, with respect, my views are very much the views of Ronald Reagan, which I would suggest is a third point on the triangle."

Cruz made his remarks during a 30-minute-plus speech at a National Security Action Summit after his speech that focused on domestic policy at the nearby Conservative Political Action Conference.

Cruz said he agreed with Paul about avoiding a military conflict in Syria, but agreed with McCain about being hawkish with Iran.

"When Iran describes Israel as the Little Satan and America as the Great Satan, we have every interest to make sure they don't acquire the weaponry to kill millions of Americans," he said.

Using the conflict in Ukraine, Cruz recalled Reagan's tough rhetoric with the Soviet Union.

"Where is that clarity today?" Cruz wondered, highlighting President Obama's "tortured semantics" surrounding his foreign policy actions.

"History teaches that appeasement historically leads to more and more violence, that bullies and tyrants, are only encouraged when Americans use words that obscure the truth and hides from their aggression," he said.