Republican candidates talk tough on Islamic State, offer few specifics

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Senator Marco Rubio speaks during the Freedom Summit in Greenville, South CarolinaBy James Oliphant GREENVILLE, S.C. (Reuters) – Seeking an edge on the national security issue, Republican presidential hopefuls on Saturday seized on the attack in Texas this week for which Islamic State claimed responsibility as an example of the threat they say the militant group poses to the United States. “It’s not a matter of if another attempt is made on American soil, it is when,” Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker said at a gathering of declared or potential contenders in South Carolina. “I want a leader who is willing to take the fight to them before they take the fight to us.” Two men were fatally shot on Sunday after opening fire with assault rifles at a heavily guarded exhibit of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad in the Dallas suburb of Garland, Texas. The Syria- and Iraq-based Islamic State claimed responsibility, but offered no proof.

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