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Santorum: Rand Paul Has ‘Fundamentally A Misunderstanding’ Of ISIS [VIDEO]

Alex Griswold Media Reporter

Newly-announced Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum took aim at fellow candidate Rand Paul in an interview that aired on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Thursday, accusing the Kentucky Senator of having a fundamental misunderstanding of the nature of ISIS.

Anchor George Stephanopoulos asked Santorum about Paul’s statement on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that “ISIS exists and grew stronger because of the hawks in our party, who gave arms indiscriminately, and most of those arms where snatched up by ISIS.” (VIDEO: Rand Paul: ‘Hawks In My Party’ Are To Blame For ISIS)

“Well I would expect to hear that from maybe [Democratic presidential candidate] Bernie Sanders,” he responded. “I don’t expect to hear that from someone running for the Republican nomination.”

“I think that is just fundamentally a misunderstanding of the nature of the enemy we face,” Santorum continued. “ISIS didn’t come about because of the arms that America left behind. ISIS came about because they hate everything that we believe in and stand for.” (VIDEO: Santorum: America May Be ‘One Generation Away’ From Persecuting Christians)

“That’s what the problem is,” he concluded. “They hate who we are, not necessarily what we do.”

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