Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton refused to use the term “radical Islam” at Saturday’s Democratic debate, just one day after the deadly terror attacks in Paris.
“Marco Rubio, also running for president, said this attack showed that we are at war with radical Islam. Do you agree with that characterization, radical Islam?” the CBS News moderator asked.
“I don’t think we are at war with Islam,” Clinton replied. “I don’t think we are at war with all Muslims. I think we are at war with jihadists.”
The moderator interjected, “Just to interrupt. He didn’t say all Muslims. He just said radical Islam. Is that a phrase you don’t?”
“I think you can talk about Islamists who clearly are also jihadists, but I also think it’s not particularly helpful — to make the case that Senator Sanders was just making that I agree with we have to reach out to Muslim countries, we have to have them part of our coalition — if they hear people running for president who basically short cut it to say to say we are somehow against Islam,” Clinton said. “That was one of the real contributions, despite all the other problems, that George W. Bush made after 9/11.”
The terror attacks in Paris Friday night, which the Islamic State claimed credit for, killed at least 129 and injured scores of others. source