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downloadSince the Paris attack, the primary agenda for candidates running for presidential elections have taken up protecting the US from terrorism. The debate on defeating ISIS and protecting Syrian refugees has become the priority for the politicians as it is fresh in the voter’s minds. So far no refugees have landed in Iowa. The voters in Iowa debate this issue at the Gateway Market in Des Monies over Friday breakfast. The debate would be on the warning from ISIS on Paris type attacks in the US and over singling out Muslims. Presidential candidates like Donald Trump have reported told reporters on creating a database on Muslims in United States.

Kat Cummings and Ryan Squier who are young find this troubling. The duo is from the financial sector. While commenting on this Cummings made it clear that singling out Muslims would be ridiculous. He added that it could be done for any religion, and none can stop this attitude. Meanwhile, Thomas Maurer pitched in to say that the database on Muslims will make sense.

download (1)Maurer is from the sales sector. While speaking on this, he said that it is not about eliminating someone or cleansing. He added that bringing Muslims from countries like Syria as refugees is a bad idea. In his comment, he added that they are “destroying Europe” with their religious ideologies.

In response to Maurer’s comments, Cummings retaliated by saying that those fleeing from terrorism cannot be punished for their religious ideologies. Furthering on this Cummings said that just because there are some fanatics in their religion these people cannot be denied a safe place just on the grounds of the religion they follow. Squier made it clear that helping refugees is noble but with careful inspection.

Squier said that politicians are taking advantage of the fear and craving for attention. On the contrary, they should learn how to negotiate and come with deals that are good for individuals. Kelly Watson again from the finance industry has mixed feelings. Though, he did not appreciate the stance of Republicans creating a religious identity. Meanwhile, Watson sees these refugees as victims and opinion that the rest of Middle East ought to accommodate them.

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Elections 2016

electionFormer Florida governor Jeb Bush and Donald Trump will not be attending the Presidential Family Forum in Des Moines. The Family Leader, conservative Christian group, will be hosting the event. Normally, religion and politics do not go hand in hand during holiday feasts. But this time around Republican presidential candidate will answer questions that are said to unveil their character. Vander Plaats is considered to be the evangelical kingmaker and has been endorsing Caucus winners in Iowa. His track record includes Sen Rick Santorum in 2012 and Mike Huckabee in 2008, the former from Pennsylvania and the latter former governor of Arkansas.

Vander Plaats said that Trump wanted an endorsement from him and would take part in the event. Plaat also agreed that he liked Trump for his transparency and authentic character. He added that he was very real. Calling Trump “a tremendous candidate”, Plaats said that it was Trump that pushed the Republicans to take up big issues. If Trump becomes the Republican presidential candidate, he will require evangelical base support informed Vander Plaats. The campaign spokesperson of Trump said that he has a long standing association with South Carolina.

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Trump will campaign in Birmingham, Ala, and Spartanburg, SC on Friday. Though, the self examination forum will not be the stronghold of Trump. The questions at the discussion may turn out to be emotional discussing their personal adversities. During this discussion, the true self of the candidates will be revealed, informs Vander Plaats. He said that on Friday evening such questions will be put forth to seven candidates by Frank Luntz, the conservative political consultant, and moderator.

Trump earlier at a Family Leader event in July made a controversial statement during his campaign. At the event, he criticized Arizona Senator John McCain by saying, “He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured.” Vander Plaats says that Jeb Bush is making a mistake not attending the event. He furthered that the evangelicals played a great role in helping his father and brother win the elections. It is time for Bush to approach them to get some respite for his troubled campaign.

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Elections 2016