Newly-minted presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Thursday dismissed Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s assertion that hawks in the Republican Party caused the rise of the Islamic State.

“It sounds like Bernie Sanders, not like some Republican running for president. This idea that we created ISIS – I mean, ISIS was created because of President Obama and his failure to maintain a presence in Iraq. I think the record is pretty clear about that,” Santorum said on “Fox and Friends,” using the common acronym for the group. “It shows a fundamental misunderstanding of the nature of the enemy that we face.”

Santorum made nearly identical remarks about Paul and Sanders during an interview with George Stephanopoulos on “Good Morning America,” which aired Thursday morning. The former Pennsylvania senator, who served on the Senate Armed Services Committee for eight years, also touted his foreign policy credentials.

"[L]ook at what I've done in national security policy, particularly calling out both the last president and this one on the gathering storm of radical Islam," Santorum told Stephanopoulos. "I've been out there on national security issues, on economic issues, on issues to help those who are struggling in America."

Santorum, who announced his presidential bid Wednesday, is perhaps best known for his staunch opposition to gay marriage and abortion. But his Thursday morning swing through the news shows emphasized his 2016 campaign's focus will be on economic issues and national security.

“The people who have been hurting in this country the most – their wages have flat lined, income has gone down, – are folks who are working men and women who are trying to climb the latter of success,” he said on Fox News. “Neither political party has any kind of message for them. …And that’s what our campaign is about.”

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