Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton outlined her strategy for countering terrorism threats in a speech at the University of Minnesota Tuesday afternoon.
In front of an invitation-only audience including leaders of the Twin Cities' Somali community, law enforcement officials and political supporters, Clinton made the case that she is more qualified to handle the challenges of foreign policy than Republicans in the presidential race.
"Bluster and bigotry are not the way to go," she said. "Shallow slogans don't add up to a strategy."
She was introduced to the crowd by Minnesota's Democratic elder statesman, former Vice President Walter Mondale, who described Clinton as "the only candidate who has the strength, wisdom and experience to be commander in chief."
"The stakes are high, and we need a president who is up to the job," Mondale said. "She won't need on-the-job training."
Fighting terrorism at home
Clinton also criticized the headline-grabbing proposals from Republican candidates Donald Trump, who said the U.S. should ban any Muslims from coming to the U.S.
"That is not who we are as Americans. We are better than that," she said, to sustained applause.
We should welcome families fleeing Syria just as this state has welcomed refugees from other countries previously, she said.
Clinton laid out her "360-degree strategy" to defeat ISIS and other terrorists in the U.S., which involves several steps.
Clinton met beforehand with a group of Somali community leaders to discuss their efforts to discourage local Muslim men from joining terrorist groups.
Clinton praised their efforts in working with other organizations in a pilot program called the Community Building Resilience program, to discourage young Muslim men from joining the al-Shabab or ISIS terrorist organizations in Africa.
The success of those efforts has been mixed, at best.
In recent years, dozens of men from Minnesota have joined, or attempted to join, al-Shabab or ISIS.
In the most recent case, authorities in April charged nine Minneapolis area men as part of a conspiracy to provide material support to the Islamic State. In April, U.S. Attorney Andy Luger said Minnesota has a terror recruiting problem.
The Twin Cities is home to the largest Somali population in the United States, according to U.S. News.