Graham: ‘Isolationist’ Rand Paul Can’t Beat Hillary on Foreign Policy

Thursday on  Fox News Channel’s “Your World With Neil Cavuto,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), with his libertatian leanings, would be the least successful Republican candidate to take the Obama administration’s “failed foreign policy” fight to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a general election.

Hitting Paul on his father’s views, Graham said, “On foreign policy, he is much closer to Ron Paul than Ronald Reagan.”

He continued, “At the end of the day, this will be a foreign policy election, and I want to make sure the Republicans send into the arena with Hillary Clinton someone who can make a case she has empowered a failed foreign policy. That leading from behind will not work. She was his secretary of state, that Barack Obama’s vision of the world has to be replaced. And, quite frankly, I think almost everybody on earth except Senator Paul could make a case for a better foreign policy.”

He added, “The Ron Paul, Rand Paul, approach to national security has been around for a long time. He is more of an isolationist than I am. He supported the idea of leaving Iraq without any troops. He objected to a no fly zone in Syria, which could have made a world of difference. He was the only senator in the United States Senate who could not understand it would be a bad idea to give the Iranians a nuclear weapon and contain him. He cut off in his budget all aid to Israel, saying they’re a rich country. They’re a small country surround by radical Islamist groups who want to wipe them off the earth.”

“I’m running on the idea, if I do run, as being the best qualified to be commander in chief. To be honest with you, I’ve been far more right than wrong. I understood that President Obama made a mistake by not listening to our military when it comes to withdrawing all of our troops in Iraq, and everything that I predicted about Iraq and Syria has come true, unfortunately. And everything I’m saying about this deal with Iran being a bad deal will come true unless we stop it. So I’m ready to lead this country as commander in chief,” he concluded.

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