Fight against ISIS takes center stage in 2016 race

In this Sept. 25, 2015, file photo, Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump, speaks during the Values Voter Summit, held by the Family Research Council Action in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

WASHINGTON (MEDIA GENERAL) — A week after terrorists launched multiple attacks against the French people, the issue of homeland security and the debate over the United States’ response to the Islamic State militant group is taking center stage in the race for the White House.

Trump stays on top

Donald Trump
Courtesy: Associated Press

A new poll released on Thursday indicates GOP primary voters have not shifted their opinions about who should become the nominee, despite the attacks in Paris.

Among registered Republican voters, the leaderboard remains relatively unchanged:

  1. Trump (24 percent)
  2. Carson (20 percent)
  3. Rubio (12 percent)
  4. Cruz (9 percent)
  5. Bush (6 percent).

Candidates hit the stump

Hillary Rodham Clinton
(Clinton in Concord, N.H. on Nov. 9, 2015. AP Photo/Jim Cole.)

Within the last week, several candidates have switched their stump speeches to focus on the controversy surrounding Syrian refugees resettling in the United States.

On Thursday, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton previewed what voters could expect from her administration in the fight against ISIS.

“We should be honest about the fact that to be successful, airstrikes will have to be combined with ground forces actually taking back more territory from ISIS,” she said during a speech in New York.

Campaigns see blood in the water over Trump comments

A new controversy sent Donald Trump’s campaign back to the drawing board after the billionaire businessman suggested a database to keep track of Muslim Americans. Several candidates quickly lashed out at the proposal and it didn’t take long for the Trump campaign to clarify his ideas.

  • Days Until Iowa Caucus: 72
  • Days Until New Hampshire Primary: 81
  • Days Until Election Day 2016: 353

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