On ISIS, Ted Cruz Tells President Obama to 'Take Them Out'

The senator says the president has underestimated the Islamic extremists.

“The American people in 2014 and also November 2016 are going to be looking for leaders who want to work to restore America’s leadership in the world,” Cruz said.

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For Republicans eyeing the White House in 2016, early divisions are becoming clear.

When asked whether he agreed, Cruz demurred, but did not come to Paul’s defense.

“Oh look, I’m going to let Rand characterize his own views,” Cruz said. “And I will leave that to the American people to make their own judgments.”

Among some grassroots Republicans, there is a growing non-interventionist strain with deep resistance to another war.

“The country, the world, needs America to be strong and predictable,” Jindal told “This Week.” “The world is getting more dangerous and less predictable because of a lack of American leadership.”

ISIS, along with a growing list of foreign policy challenges, are already front-and-center in the early stages of the 2016 campaign. Positions staked out now are likely to become a lasting part of a candidate’s record.

“It is absolutely true that there is a war weariness. We are tired of sending our sons and daughters to find in distant battles for years,” Cruz said, but added: “I don’t think the American people are at all reluctant to defend America. They’re just not interesting in nation building.”