Potential 2016 presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamA real national security budget would fully fund State Department Gorsuch rewrites playbook for confirmation hearings Dem senator: House Intel chairman may have revealed classified info MORE (R-S.C.) said on Sunday he fears Iran more than the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
“Absolutely,” he said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “It’s not even close.”
The Obama administration is currently participating in discussions with Iran to limit the country’s nuclear program.
Republicans have roundly denounced a potential deal that would allow Tehran to maintain some nuclear capabilities for civilian purposes.
“No deal is better than a bad deal,” Graham said.
Iran has “destabilized the region,” he added, pointing to the ongoing civil war in Syria.
The U.S. government has backed rebellion fighters trying to oust Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.
“Assad is the puppet of Iran,” Graham said.
Giving Iran any leeway by lifting sanctions will only encourage the regime to further destruction in the region, he added.
“If they get more money from sanction relief, what would they do with it?” Graham asked. “Advance their religious goals.”
“I fear them more than I fear [ISIS],” he added.