Sen. Dodd suggested that true democracy in the Middle East may not be in the interests of the United States.
(CNN) - Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Connecticut, warned that jihadists could win the majority of votes in free elections in a number of countries.
"Be careful what you wish for," Dodd told the audience at Thursday's CNN Democratic debate. "If there were totally free elections, in many of the countries we're talking about today, the Islamic Jihad or the Islamic Brotherhood would win 85 percent of the vote."
Dodd also told the audience that national security outweighs human rights in priorities for the president.
- CNN Political Producer Xuan Thai