New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) tried to position himself as the presidential candidate most prepared to prevent World War III during a Wednesday morning appearance on CBS.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) had criticized Christie during Tuesday night’s Republican presidential debate for saying he’d shoot down any Russian planes violating a no-fly zone over Syria. Paul said such a policy would cause global chaos.
“The problem for folks like Sen. Paul, they don’t realize we are already in World War III,” Christie said on “CBS This Morning.” “I said this in a town hall in New Hampshire last week. The fact is this is a new world war and one that won’t look like the last two. This is one where radical Islamist jihadists everyday are trying to kill Americans and disrupt and destroy our way of life.”
Christie went on to slam the Obama administration’s approach to the Islamic State as ineffectual.
Those comments echoed his fear-mongering remarks from Tuesday’s CNN debate, in which he also blamed Obama for the shutdown of the Los Angeles Unified School District on Tuesday. The threat that led to the shutdown turned out to be a hoax.
Christie’s not the first GOP candidate to bring up the specter of World War III this week, either. A super PAC for former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) debuted a radio ad warning, “World War III is upon us,” on Monday.
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