For Republicans, a shift to national security ahead of 2016

Posted by admin | Posted in Politics | Posted on 28-02-2015-05-2008

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By Andy Sullivan NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (Reuters) – If this week was any indication, Republicans could spend much of the 2016 presidential election attacking Democrats as weak on national security, rather than focusing on the economic concerns that have preoccupied voters in recent years. The shift reflects a changing political landscape as the U.S. economy has steadily added jobs while gruesome beheading videos by Islamic State and increasing conflict in countries such as Syria and Libya have revived Americans’ concerns about security threats. Such a focus also provides plenty of opportunities to attack Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic front-runner who as secretary of state from 2009 to 2013 was the public face of President Barack Obama’s effort to emphasize diplomacy over armed confrontation. At a gathering of conservative activists, potential Republican presidential candidates characterized that approach as naive at best.

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