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Where Hillary Clinton and Marco Rubio Agree on Islamic State Strategy

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Clinton Calls for Broader Assault on Islamic State

Billed as their respective party's star candidates on foreign policy, political rivals Hillary Clinton and Marco Rubio don't actually disagree as much as one might expect when it comes to how the U.S. should go about defeating the Islamic State. 

Those similarities in their ideas became apparent Thursday, when Clinton, the former secretary of state, called for a “new phase” in the battle against the Islamic State, urging robust cooperation with allies in the region while not ruling out the involvement of U.S. ground troops. Rubio, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has also advocated such ideas, and both presidential candidates would like to see U.S. airstrikes expanded in Syria and Iraq, and for lawmakers to pass a new Authorization of Military Force that could pave the way for American ground troops, if necessary.