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Candidates confront how they'll fight terrorism after weekend attacks

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton gives remarks on the explosion in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood onboard her campaign plane at Westchester County Airport, in White Plains, N.Y., Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

There’s little doubt the so-called “lone-wolf” events over the weekend have now gained traction in the presidential race.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are battling over who would be the stronger leader in the face of terrorism abroad and stateside. So, which candidate wins or loses in the politics of terrorism?

The democratic and republican frontrunners wasted no time pushing their agendas on the campaign trail.

“I will tell you, if you choose Donald Trump, these problems are going to go away,” said Donald Trump recently to rally-goers.

“We must remain vigilant,” Hillary Clinton countered. “This is a fast-moving situation and a sobering reminder that we need steady leadership in a dangerous world.”

Both candidates are trying to convince undecided voters how they’d navigate the country through so-called lone-wolf attacks. Mr. Trump says he’d employ tougher vetting procedures; which would include more stringent profiling of immigrants. “Let me state very very clearly. Immigration security is national security,” said Trump.

Mrs. Clinton calls for both strengthening the U.S. visa program and more efficient intelligence gathering. She also touts her experience as Secretary of State. “I’m the only candidate who has been part of hard decisions to take terrorists off the battlefield.”

One recent national poll of registered voters by CNN/ORC shows 51% percent of the people think Donald Trump is better suited to fight terrorism compared to 45% for Hillary Clinton.

“If I had to weigh, it’d probably be Donald Trump’s edge, said Political Analyst Dr. David Rehr. “That is if Trump isn’t over-reacting and is too enthusiastic about going through American homes and putting people in jail.”

Experts say in less than a week, it’s clear terrorism will be a major topic of discussion in a historic debate next Monday.

“With Hillary you get stability,” adds Dr. Rehr. “With Donald Trump, you get strength. That’s how they’re each going to define each other.”

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