Clinton vows to defeat Islamic State if elected president

Clinton vows to defeat Islamic State if elected president

TULSA, Oklahoma (AP) — Hillary Clinton said Friday her opponents are all talk when it comes to defeating the Islamic State group yet that she's the only presidential candidate with a specific plan.

Speaking in Republican territory, the Democratic presidential candidate & former Secretary of State sought to emphasize her foreign policy credentials in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack in Paris & a massacre in California currently under investigation by the FBI as an act of terrorism.

"The others, they talk a lot, they throw out all of these approaches," Clinton said at a rally in Oklahoma. "But I've been in the situation room in the White House & I know what it's going to take & I will keep America safe."

p>Republican candidates have assailed President Barack Obama as being weak on responding to the rise of the Islamic State & are seeking to link the White House to Clinton's record on foreign policy. Clinton has sought to offer an extensive plan to dismantle the terrorist group from the air, ground & online, & plans to outline her strategy for homeland security next week.

Clinton reiterated she would not send American ground troops to the region if elected president, saying it was "not smart" & is what terrorists would want to happen.

Clinton was campaigning in Oklahoma, a safe Republican state in general elections, & among several "Super Tuesday" states holding Democratic primary contests on March 1. The former first lady is the overwhelming front-runner against two rivals for the Democratic nomination.

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Associated Press writer Ken Thomas in Washington contributed to this report.

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