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Mitch Perry Report for 3.23.16 – Will Hillary Clinton’s speech on how to contend with ISIS be a critique of Obama?

Hillary Clinton is scheduled to give a speech at Stanford University today detailing her plans to defeat the Islamic State.

“We live in a complex and dangerous world and we need a commander in chief who can provide leadership that is strong and smart,” Clinton said last night in Everett,Washington.

She also said the U.S. should keep on doing what it’s already doing, saying we should stand ““in solidarity with our European allies,” tighten the visa and passenger-list systems, and adds we shouldn’t pander to the Donald Trumps and Ted Cruz’ of the world.

Trump advocates for waterboarding suspected terrorists, while Cruz called on law enforcement in the U.S. to investigate so-called Muslim neighborhoods.

It’s a fact that Clinton had issues with President Obama when she served as Secretary of State, most notably with whether or not to intervene in Syria in 2011.

In the wake of the Brussels attack, the candidates are going to compete with each other to show who will be tougher on the Islamic State.

The Obama administration insists that the U.S. is making progress on the Islamic State. It doesn’t feel like it today, though.

The president is being hammered in some quarters for failing to leave Cuba, or at least leave the exhibition game featuring the Tampa Bay Rays in Havana that he attended with Raul Castro on Tuesday, to address the latest attack on terror.

It may be intellectually lazy, but one can’t help but think that this incident will only enhance Trump’s belligerent stance on the issue.

And it does force Clinton to amp up her game. Just like much of Bernie Sanders candidacy is essentially a rebuke on the Obama presidency in terms of our economy, Clinton may now need to show some distance between herself and the president on foreign policy. That comes with some danger, of course, since she’s been running in many ways as a third Obama term.

The Executive Director of the Sierra Club was in St. Petersburg on Tuesday, where he predicted that the Republican Party as a whole will at some point join in on wanting to combat climate change in the U.S.

The city of St. Pete has signed on to attempt to get all of their energy from clean and renewable sources – though when that will happen is uncertain.

And check out our interview with Mark McKinnon, one of the co-hosts and creators of “The Circus,” the weekly half-hour documentary series on the presidential campaign that airs weekly on Showtime.

 

 

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Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served five years as political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. Mitch also was assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley and is a San Francisco native who has lived in Tampa since 2000. Mitch can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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