Former New York Gov. George Pataki (R) responded this morning to President Obama's primetime address on combating ISIS and on the current threat posed to the U.S. homeland.

He expressed concern about how powerful ISIS has become, compared to the strength of al Qaeda 13 years ago.


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"Al Qaeda had $500,000 dollars when they attacked us 13 years ago. This group has at least $500 million. Al Qaeda had box cutters, this group has advanced weapons and technology and territory that it controls. It has people who have western and American passports and we have a border that is porous. We cannot lead from behind this time. It cannot just be words as it has been in the past. This must be real American leadership to destroy ISIS and make sure that America and our friends are protected," said Pataki, who was governor 13 years ago.

He called it "unfortunate" that Obama keeps saying there will be no American troops on the ground against ISIS.

"If we have the chance to capture 10 ISIS leaders but it takes sending in a platoon of Marines, send them in," said Pataki, adding that he has two sons who served overseas and understands that no one wants to see Americans in harm's way.

Watch the interview above.


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