Texas Sen. Ted Cruz explained that he believes the Obama administration's political correctness is distracting the country's attention from enemies who seek to do harm to the United States.
Cruz argued that the United States needs to use "overwhelming airpower to utterly and completely destroy ISIS," but did not advocate for putting troops on the ground. The Texas senator said that political correctness has clouded the American government's judgment about how best to wipe out the Islamic State.
"It's not a lack of competence that is preventing the Obama administration from stopping these attacks, it is political correctness," Cruz said. "We didn't monitor the Facebook posting of the female San Bernardino terrorist because the Obama [Department of Homeland Security] thought it would be inappropriate. She made a public call to jihad and they didn't target it. ... The problem is because of political correctness the Obama administration like a lot of folks here want to search everyone's cellphones and emails and not focus on the bad guys. And political correctness is killing people."
CNN moderator Wolf Blitzer then asked Cruz if he would bomb the Islamic State's capitol "where there are a lot of civilians." Cruz responded by responding that he would "carpet bomb where ISIS is — not a city, but the location of the troops." The senator argued that the object should not be to level a city, but to "kill the ISIS terrorists."
Cruz, who ranks first in the Washington Examiner's GOP presidential power rankings, said the Islamic Sate is gaining strength because of the perception that it is winning and "President Obama fuels that perception." He argued that would change in a Cruz administration where joining the Islamic State would be tantamount to signing your death warrant.