As Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama battled it out in several states Tuesday, Republican front-runner John McCain sent out a word of warning about the “dangerous” state of the world in trying to win supporters in San Antonio, Texas.

MSNBC’s First Read:

“I’m running for president of the United States because I believe we face a transcendent challenge of radical Islamic extremism, and we face a very dangerous world,” he said, using a common line from his stump speech to begin his survey of world affairs.

He then began almost 10-straight minutes of foreign policy and military talk — ranging from Israel’s conflict with Hamas to the Venezuelan government’s assistance of the FARC in Columbia, to the recent Russian elections and of course Iraq. The only detour on McCain’s trip around the world was a brief interlude on his favorite domestic issue: ending government waste.

Somehow in the end, McCain tied all of the world’s problems into America’s involvement in Iraq saying, “So we live in a dangerous world, and I believe that the center of that, obviously now rests in Iraq.”

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