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Republicans blame Obama, Clinton for failing to combat IS

AP, ORLANDO, Florida

Several Republican presidential candidates on Saturday accused US President Barack Obama and his former secretary of state, Democratic Party front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton, of failing in the fight against Islamic State (IS) militants as the terrorist attacks in Paris became a focal point of the nomination race.

Businesswoman Carly Fiorina criticized the administration for the “murder, the mayhem, the danger, the tragedy that we see unfolding in Paris, in the Middle East, around the world and too often in our own homeland.”

“I am angry that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton declared victory in Iraq in 2011, abandoned all of our hard-won gains for political expediency and contrary to the advice of every general that spoke with them, thus leaving vast swaths of territory and too much weaponry to be gobbled up by ISIS [Islamic State of Iraq and Syria],” Fiorina told the Sunshine Summit, a political gathering of Florida Republicans.

Mogul Donald Trump, appearing at a rally in Beaumont, Texas, said the Paris attacks would have been “a much, much different situation” had the victims been armed with guns, as he argued against stricter gun control measures in the US

The billionaire said the US should be more aggressive against IS and called the US “insane” to accept any refugees from Syria in the wake of the Paris attacks.

In an interview with Fox News, Senator Marco Rubio responded to the attacks by saying: “This is a civilizational war. This is a civilizational conflict. This is not a geopolitical grievance that these people have with us. This is, basically, they believe the entire world needs to believe in what they believe in, or you die.”

Ohio Governor John Kasich told the Sunshine Summit that IS must be destroyed with a coalition of US allies because the attacks in Paris were an attack against Western civilization, adding: “Action is required. Time is of the essence. Negotiations, ambivalence or delay are not acceptable.”

“We have seen evil visited upon innocent people once again,” he said. “Our outrage must turn into action and resolve,” New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said.

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal said the latest terrorist attacks serve as a cautious reminder why the US border needs to be secured to keep out “radical, evil terrorists.”

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