Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) predicted that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would be able to “tear apart” Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) in the 2016 presidential race.
Graham and Paul are both vying for the GOP nomination on very different national security platforms.
Even if Paul won the nomination, Graham confirmed that he would still vote for his Senate colleague over Clinton — but added that he won’t have to.
“Well, I would note for the nominee in my party because they have been able to prove to fellow Republicans that their view of the world is right. That’s not a dilemma I’m going to face. But Rand Paul and I actually agree on a lot of domestic issues like saving Social Security and Medicare. But on foreign policy, we’re worlds apart,” he said.
“If he did get the nomination, I think she would be able to tear him apart because his view of foreign policy is one step from behind leading from behind. At the end of the day, the average American sees radical Islam as a threat, much greater than the NSA.”
Graham was also asked how foreign policy ranks over addressing killers such as smoking and heart disease.
“That heart disease and smoking is something you can change if you choose to. ISIS is not going to change unless something makes them. They represent a threat to our way of life. They’re religious fanatics. They’re religious Nazis. They’re crucifying people in the Mideast. They’re trying to purify their own religion,” he said.
“They would destroy Israel if they could. If they had a weapon of mass destruction, they would use it. They cannot be accommodated, appeased or compromised with. They have to be contained and eventually destroyed.”
The senator acknowledged that “the threats from smoking are real,” but “at the end of the day, you have a chance to stop smoking.”
“The only way you can stop ISIL is for somebody to go over there and partnership in the region and kill these guys,” Graham said.