ISIL and national security dominated last night’s presidential debate with Democratic candidates in Iowa.
Hopes for president of the Democratic Party have faced the question of how to deal with the militant group after the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris.
Hillary Clinton said “this cannot be an American battle” and called on Turkey and the Gulf states to do more.
However, rival Martin O’Malley disagreed, saying the United States should “oppose evil” and lead the way.
The attacks killed 129 people and injured hundreds in the French capital.
Hours after the near-simultaneous attacks on November 13, CBS News promised to shift the focus of the debate to focus more on the fight against terrorism and foreign policy.
A moment of silence was observed in Des Moines before the debate began, and the three candidates expressed their condolences to the French people.
They then faced the rise of ISIL, which claimed responsibility for the atrocities.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been challenged by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders for supporting the war in Iraq, which he said led to the rise of the fighters.
She disagreed, saying US foreign policy did not bear “the bulk of the responsibility” for instability in the region, citing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and former Iraqi leader Nouri al-Malaki instead.
ISIL cannot be controlled, it must be defeated, said Hillary Clinton, but she and the other candidates do not specify how far they will go.
The United States is part of a coalition of countries involved in air strikes against ISIS in Syria and Iraq, but some Republican presidential candidates are calling for the deployment of US ground forces.
In other highlights of the debate, Martin O’Malley attacked Republican Donald Trump’s plan to smash immigrants to build a wall on the border with Mexico. Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley reiterated calls for the United States to accept 65,000 Syrian refugees. Hillary Clinton supported a minimum wage of $ 12 / hour, but Bernie Sanders wanted $ 15 / hour. Bernie Sanders criticized Hillary Clinton for accepting donations for Wall Street campaigns, to which she replied that she supported the financial sector of New York to help him recover from the 9/11 attacks. Bernie Sanders said he would make free college tuition free of charge through tax increases.
This initial debate was the party’s second campaign debate, with two fewer Republicans having a much wider margin.
In 79 days, Iowa will be the first state to elect a candidate for president from each party.
Voters in the United States will finally come out in November 2016 to choose the new occupant of the White House.