Rubio: 'I don't understand' Clinton's refusal to say 'radical Islam'

Sen. Marco Rubio panned former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's refusal to blame "radical Islam" for Friday's terror attacks in Saturday's debate, and said he doesn't understand why she refuses to use that language.

"I don't understand it," the Florida senator told "This Week" host George Stephanopoulos on Sunday. "That's would be like saying we weren't at war with Nazis because we were afraid to offend some Germans who may have been members of the Nazi party, but weren't violent themselves."


"We are at war with radical Islam, with an interpretation of Islam by a significant amount of people around the world [that] they now believe justifies them in killing those who don't agree with their ideology. This is a clash of civilizations," Rubio said. "There is no middle ground on this. Either they win, or we win, and we need to begin to take this seriously. These are individuals motivated by their faith."

"Of course all Muslims are not members of violent jihadists groups," Rubio continued. "But there is a global jihadists movement, motivated by their interpretation of Islam, in this case Sunni Islam, in the case of ISIS, and it needs to be confronted for what it is."

During the Democratic debate Saturday night, Clinton said the world needs to root out the "radical jihadist ideology," saying it is the cause of these attacks. She went on to explain her objection to the use of the phrase.

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