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Chris Christie to Obama: Blame Yourself, Not Others, for ISIS

By    |   Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 08:16 PM

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he was "disturbed" by President Barack Obama's "60 Minutes" interview Sunday night, in which critics say Obama threw the intelligence community under the bus.

Obama used the word "they" in the interview when referring to the intelligence community's underestimating the power of the Islamic State (ISIS).

"It should be 'we,' Mr. President," Christie told CNN's Dana Bash. "It's your administration, and when you're the leader, you have to be held accountable for what they do."

Christie said the statement made the public less certain of Obama's "footing on these things."

As president, Obama is accountable, Christie said.

"I hope that he corrects what I hope was a misstatement, that it wasn't 'they' who underestimated, it was 'we'  —  'he'  —  his administration who underestimated."

Christie wouldn't tell CNN what he would have done instead, saying he hasn't even decided yet whether he will seek the presidency in 2016. But it is widely thought that the Republican is considering the idea.

Christie said his criticism isn't partisan, noting that he has never hesitated to compliment the Democratic president when he thinks he has done something well.

"But I think the jury's still out on this [ISIS] because we shouldn't be in this position to begin with," Christie said.

Obama has been criticized for attending fewer than half of his daily intelligence briefings, which might have warned him about ISIS months ago.

The Government Accountability Institute said Obama has attended only 42.1 percent of those briefings.

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