Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is again taking on foes on the national scene — this time striking at Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky over comments he made blaming Republicans for the rise of Islamic State militants.
In a statement released by the Louisiana governor’s office, Jindal said Paul’s comments make him “unsuited to be Commander-in-Chief.”
Paul launched his 2016 presidential campaign last month.
State law prohibits the use of public resources to “urge any elector to vote for or against any candidate.” The governor’s office has not yet responded to a request for clarification on its release of the statement apparently advocating against Paul’s presidential candidacy.
Appearing on MSNBC’s Morning Joe Wednesday, Paul said, “ISIS exists and grew stronger because of the hawks in our party who gave arms indiscriminately, and most these arms were snatched up by ISIS.”
Later in the morning, Jindal, who has formed a presidential exploratory committee as he weighs his own 2016 run, released the statement, which reads in full:
It’s one thing for Senator Paul to take an outlandish position as a Senator at Washington cocktail parties, but being Commander-in-Chief is an entirely different job. We should all be clear that evil and Radical Islam are at fault for the rise of ISIS, and people like President Obama and Hillary Clinton exacerbate it.
American weakness, not American strength, emboldens our enemies. Senator Paul’s illogical argument clouds a situation that should provide pure moral clarity. Islam has a problem. ISIS is its current manifestation. And the next President’s job is to have the discipline and strength to wipe ISIS off the face of the earth. It has become impossible to imagine a President Paul defeating radical Islam and it’s time for the rest of us to say it.”