Yesterday, I said I hoped we'd find a candidate who understands terror, the same way Reagan understood communism. Did we see that last night? Well, Rubio was positively Rubian.
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SEN. MARCO RUBIO, REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Let's remember what the president said. He said the attack that he was going to conduct was going to be a pin prick. Well, the United States military was not built to conduct pin prick attacks. If the United States military is going to be engaged by a commander-in-chief, it should only be engaged in an endeavor to win because you better be able to lead our country on the first day.
RUBIO: Not six months from now, not a year from now, on the first day in office.
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Hmm. But the strongest voice came from the mini me debate by a guy who knows the big picture.
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SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM, REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I'm running for president to destroy radical Islam, to win the War on Terror, to protect you and your family.
Pull the caliphate up by its roots and more kill every one of these bastards --
For you, the wedding cake baker or the gay couple or the Baptist preacher, radical Islam would kill you all if they could.
Let's don't lose sight of the big picture here.
I will win a war that we can't afford to lose.
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I am so sorry that I've made fun of him in the past. But the hard truths heard last night, revealed what also wasn't said. As the conversation went deep, others went for coffee. It was a smart move. Any conversation rooted in substance can be hairy for those candidates who don't have time to read. But it's a fact. We need adults in the room now who are dead serious about what's going to kill us.
The head of the U.S. Central Command just told Congress, only four to five trainees from the half-billion dollar plan to prep 500 fighters, ended up fighting in Syria. Four or five. And so as Syria unravels and refugees flee, we need a plan to deal with failing states and the creeps planning awful acts within. What do we do about the jihadists coming here and those already here? What about the massive cyberattacks we just experienced? Will the more vile target hospitals or transportation? If they kill the power, people die.
This is what's called "terror change": The escalating risk created by new technology married to apocalyptic terror. Each day, some ghoul gets one step closer to doing something unspeakably bad. If you don't understand this threat or refuse to learn or prefer to coast on platitudes, do us a favor and bow out now, you're a danger to yourself and to this country.