During a speech in South Carolina Friday, Republican presidential hopeful Gov. Scott Walker attacked his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, arguing she made America less safe while secretary of state.
“Are we safer now than we were seven years ago?” Walker said while speaking with The Citadel Republican Society. “Anyone who believes the answer to that question is yes should vote for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.”
Walker officially announced his run July 13. In that time, he has challenged Clinton’s record as a public servant numerous times. Clinton, on the other hand, has attacked Walker for his stance on issues like defunding Planned Parenthood while governor of Wisconsin.
“Sadly, I believe the answer is no, America is not safer,” Walker continued. “Since Secretary Clinton took charge of our nation’s diplomacy, we’ve abandoned American leadership in the world, forgotten that America is an exceptional country, and lost faith in America’s ability to influence world events.”
Hillary served as secretary of state from 2009 to 2013. She was appointed by President Barack Obama. Walker listed her inability to hold back Russian aggression, hold China accountable for human rights violations, Chinese cyber attacks, allowing Libya to become a terrorist safe haven and her failure to confront Islamic extremists as some of the examples of where she had failed.
“Political rhetoric will not keep us safe,” Walker proclaimed. “We are at war with radical Islamic terrorism. It will not go away over night. This is a generational struggle. And these radical groups will continue to grow if we do not destroy them.”
“Consider ISIS, the best-armed and best-funded terrorist organization in the world,” Walker continued. “ISIS enslaves Christian minorities, targets the Jewish people and burns innocent Muslim victims alive in cages. ISIS militants rape girls as young as nine.”
Despite the terrible things the terrorist group has done, Walker argued the current administration has failed to do enough to stop it.
“Confronted by these two forms of evil, President Obama and Hillary Clinton seem to believe they can sit on the sidelines, hoping Iran will defeat ISIS for them,” Walker said. “They fail to realize that, in the prevailing anarchy, the two sides feed off of each other, growing stronger at the expense of our Sunni and Shia allies trapped in the middle.”
Hillary has defended her position on numerous occasions. She has even tried to shift some blame to Obama. She has detailed what she would like to do on the foreign policy front if elected. Her ideas include investing in better military technology and pushing for gender diversity.
“With innovation, adaptation, and smart investment, we will ensure the United States maintains the best-trained, best-equipped, and strongest military the world has ever known,” her campaign website detailed. “We will place a deliberate emphasis on gender equality, defend the rights of LGBTQ individuals around the globe.”
Hillary has also been the subject of several major scandals as secretary of state, the latest of which center on how she handled her emails, her use of a private server and deletion of data.
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