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Rand Paul: GOP 'Hawks' Helped Create ISIS

05-28-2015
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Presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul is blasting fellow Republicans over ISIS, saying his own party is responsible for the rise of the terrorist group.

"ISIS exists and grew stronger because of the hawks in our party who gave arms indiscriminately," he told MSNBC. "They created these people. ISIS is all over Libya because these same hawks in my party loved - they loved Hillary Clinton's war in Libya. They just wanted more of it."

The libertarian-leaning Paul wants less U.S. involvement around the world. On Wednesday, he criticized Republicans who condemn his foreign policy as weak.

"Everything that they have talked about in foreign policy, they have been wrong about for 20 years, and yet they have somehow the gall to keep saying and pointing fingers otherwise," the Kentucky lawmaker said.

Potential GOP rival Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal was the most vocal critic of Paul's ISIS comment, saying it proves he's unqualified to be president.

"We have men and women in the military who are in the field trying to fight ISIS right now, and Senator Paul is taking the weakest, most liberal Democrat position," Jindal charged.

"We should all be clear that evil and radical Islam are at fault for the rise of ISIS, and people like President Obama and Hillary Clinton exacerbate it," Jindal continued.

Other Republicans like Jeb Bush also blame President Obama for the rise of ISIS, saying he left a void in Iraq by withdrawing U.S. forces.

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