U.S. Presidential Race 2016

See what all the candidates are saying about Iran, ISLAMIST RADICALISM, the threat at home and much more.

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THE DEMOCRATS

Donald Trump
Billionaire real estate mogul and president of the Trump Organization
“I say that you can defeat ISIS by taking their wealth. Take back the oil. Once you go over and take back that oil, they have nothing. ”
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Jeb Bush
Former governor of Florida
Son of former president George H.W. Bush
"[Islam has] been hijacked by people who have an ideology that wants to destroy Western civilization, and they're barbarians."
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Ben Carson
Political activist and neurosurgeon
Famous for criticizing President Obama's healthcare plan
Sees the war with Islamic extremism as ideological in nature.
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Chris Christie
Governor of New Jersey
As governor of New Jersey, Christie has had warm relationships with known Islamists, including an imam with ties to Hamas.
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Ted Cruz
Senator from Texas
A nuclear-armed Iran is “the single greatest National security threat” today.
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Carly Fiorina
Former CEO of Hewlett Packard
“I believe that terrorists who kill in the name of Islam are subverting that religion.”
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Jim Gilmore
Former governor of Virginia. U.S. Army intelligence officer; served a three-year tour in West Germany as a counterintelligence agent
Gilmore endorsed an award given to Jamal Barzinji, an Islamist radical investigated for links to Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad
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Lindsey Graham
Senator from South Carolina
Former Congressman from South Carolina
“You'll never have peace with radical Islam … They want a master religion for the world like the Nazis wanted a master race.”
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Mike Huckabee
Former governor of Arkansas
“The Bush administration has never adequately explained the theology and ideology behind Islamic terrorism or convinced us of its ruthless fanaticism. The first rule of war is 'know your enemy,' and most Americans do not know theirs.”
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Bobby Jindal
Louisiana Governor
Former Louisiana Congressman
Views the conflict as ideological and defines the enemy as 'all forms of radical Islam' and sharia law
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John Kasich
Two-term Governor of Ohio Former Ohio Congressman
U.S. should send ground forces to fight the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group with an international coalition
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George Pataki
Former governor of New York
Opposes the nuclear deal with Iran, saying the regime is 'as trustworthy as a snake in a basket.'
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Rand Paul
Senator from Kentucky
“We must understand that a hatred of our values exists, and acknowledge that interventions in foreign countries may well exacerbate this hatred.”
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Rick Perry
Former governor of Texas
“To every extremist, it has to be made clear: we will not allow you to exploit our tolerance, so that you can import your intolerance.”
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Marco Rubio
Senator from Florida
"There is no greater risk to this country than the risk posed by radical Islamic terrorists … We need to make it unmistakably clear that we will take whatever it takes for however long it takes to defeat radical Islamic terrorism."
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Rick Santorum
Former Senator from Pennsylvania
“Terrorism is a tactic that is not an ideology. [You have to] identify the ideology … and realize that's their motivation.”
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Scott Walker
Governor of Wisconsin
“U.S. strategy against Islamism must target the radical Islamic ideology and not just the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda terrorist groups ”
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Lincoln Chafee
Former Senator from Rhode Island (as a Republican)
Former governor of Rhode Island
"I think we're using [the term] 'terrorism' too much. And it's coming down to it's too much jihad, too much crusade. We should talk about them as criminals." [Re: Boston bomber trial]
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Hilary Clinton
Former Senator from New York Secretary of State under Obama administration
First Lady to former president Bill Clinton
U.S. needs an "overarching strategy" against jihadists and their ideology like the West had to defeat Communism.
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Martin O'malley
Former governor of Maryland
[In reference to Islamism] "It is at great risk to our national interest and national security to ever become disengaged from the broader world. Very often messes get worse the longer they go unattended."
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Bernie Sanders
Senator from Vermont
”The war with the Islamic State is “a battle for the soul of Islam.”
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Jim Webb
Former Senator from Virginia Former Secretary of the Navy
Appears to believe that Islamist extremism is caused by grievances against Western foreign policy and overseas military deployments
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