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Presidential Candidates React To Paris Attacks

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 14/11/2015 Sam Levine
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Presidential candidates from both parties reacted to the deadly attacks in Paris on Friday that left at least 129 dead.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said that the United States should respond aggressively and shouldn't be hampered by a concern for killing civilians.

" We must immediately recognize that our enemy is not ‘violent extremism.’ It is the radical Islamism that has declared jihad against the west," he said in a statement. "It will not be appeased by outreach or declarations of tolerance. It will not be deterred by targeted airstrikes with zero tolerance for civilian casualties, when the terrorists have such utter disregard for innocent life."

The Texas senator also said that the United States should immediately place limits on the number of refugees it took in.

"We need to immediately declare a halt to any plans to bring refugees that may have been infiltrated by ISIS to the United States," he said. "We must make it crystal clear that affiliation with ISIS and related terrorist groups brings with it the undying enmity of America -- that it is, in effect, signing your own death warrant.”

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) also called for an aggressive response to the attacks and for the United States to close its borders.

"Even the far left and politically correct government of France has closed its borders. It’s time for a President who will act to protect Americans, not just talk and protect the image of Islam," Huckabee wrote on his website.

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