Graham: Clinton tops Rand Paul on foreign policy

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“Would you say right now that any Republican running would be better, in terms of foreign policy, than Hillary Clinton?” John Dickerson, host of “Face the Nation,” asked Graham on Sunday.

“Yes, except for Rand Paul,” Graham responded. “No, she would be beat by all of us, except Rand Paul.”

Graham also said that he believed Clinton’s foreign policy decisions while serving as secretary of State had severely hurt America’s interests abroad.

“You would have to suspend disbelief to believe that America is well-positioned against Iran, against Syria, against ISIL, against Russia, against China,” he said, using an alternate acronym for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

“We’re in a terrible position,” he added. “If Hillary Clinton thinks we’re well-positioned as a nation, she has disqualified herself to be commander-in-chief.”

Clinton served as President Obama’s secretary of State from 2009 to 2013.

Graham said on Sunday that their foreign policy doctrine has badly harmed the U.S. military’s ongoing fight against terrorism.

“I’m dying to hear from my military leadership on how we degrade and destroy ISIL with the current strategy,” he said.

“Because if our military leadership things that we’re on the path to degrading and destroying ISIL, they need to be fired,” Graham said.

Graham additionally said that he would hit ISIS harder as president than Obama ever has.

“ISIL is stronger than ever,” he said. “Everything we fought for and gained in Iraq has been wasted by Barack Obama’s decision to ignore sound military advice.”

“I will be a commander in chief on day one who takes the fight to ISIL to literally their grave and destroys it.”

--This report was updated at 2:00 p.m.

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