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Tomorrow’s debate should focus on terrorism

December 14, 2015

By Matt A. Mayer

In a survey of Americans released Friday, December 11, Gallup found that “Americans’ confidence in the federal government’s ability to protect citizens from act of terrorism has dropped to a new low of 55%.” Americans’ concern that they could become victims of terrorism is trending up substantially, reaching just nine points below the high of 59% registered after the 9/11 attacks.

These readings come on the heels of successful terrorist attacks in Paris, France, and San Bernardino, California. Not surprisingly, terrorism has become the top issue for voters, with the 2016 Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary less than two months away.

Let’s hope CNN dedicates a meaningful amount of time in the Republican debate in Las Vegas tomorrow night to the issue of terrorism. Voters deserve to hear how candidates plan to defeat Daesh and increase America’s national security. Questions that require answers in the debate include:

  • How do the candidates plan to militarily defeat Daesh and bring an end to the Syrian civil war, including the possible deployment of troops?

Read the full article at the American Enterprise Institute: Tomorrow’s debate should focus on terrorism

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