Graham: Dem debate ‘made me sick’
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Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenate GOP aims to confirm Trump court pick by Oct. 29: report The Hill's Campaign Report: GOP set to ask SCOTUS to limit mail-in voting Senate GOP sees early Supreme Court vote as political booster shot MORE (R-S.C.) said late Wednesday that the first Democratic presidential debate was nausea-inducing.

“It made me sick,” he told host and Family Research Council President Tony Perkins on the organization’s “Washington Watch” radio broadcast.


“It made me feel so sad that the Democratic Party has dropped so far in defending the nation,” Graham said. "Everybody had an isolationist, disengagement policy with regards to radical Islam.”

Graham, a 2016 GOP White House hopeful, then argued that the Democratic presidential field would empower America’s enemies in the Middle East.

“If I were ISIL, the Ayatollah, Assad, I would be pulling for the Democrats, as their foreign policy is leading further from behind than [President] Obama,” he said, using an alternate acronym for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and referring to Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Syrian President Bashar Assad.

“Radical Islam with a weapon of mass destruction is a nightmare for every Christian and every person in the world who believes in religious tolerance,” Graham said. "It is a nightmare for the state of Israel.

“There’s nothing more important than keeping radical Islam away from weapons of mass destruction in my lifetime or your lifetime,” he told Perkins.

Graham then charged that next year’s Democratic presidential candidates are merely copying the same failed foreign policies employed by Obama.

“Obama is completely incompetent as commander in chief,” he said. "We have a weak and ineffective president.

“We need a commander in chief who can change things,” the South Carolina lawmaker added.