Nearly two hours into last night’s Republican debate, the candidates had discussed little more than terrorism, defeating the Islamic State, and national security.
This was not lost on viewers, who took to Twitter to criticize CNN, which hosted the debate, for failing to ask the candidates questions about other areas of foreign policy that have nothing to do with ISIS, Syria or domestic terror threats.
As debate critics pointed out today, the next president’s foreign policy agenda will involve much more — China, U.S.-Russia relations, Latin America, to name a few issues — than jihadi terrorism alone.
Yet the debate spent little time on those areas, and most of the candidates were happy to oblige. They presented terrorism and the spread of ISIS as the greatest threats the nation faces, and argued over who would best prevent a domestic terror attack like the recent shooting in San Bernardino, Calif.
Senator Ted Cruz of Texas spoke of carpet bombing ISIS troops, while New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie insisted he would shoot down any Russian planes who violate the no-fly zone currently in place above Syria.
Ben Carson captured the spirit succinctly when he said, “We need to be on a war footing. We need to understand that our nation is in grave danger.”
The underlying message to viewers was: be afraid, be very afraid.
But where do voters stand on ISIS? Are they as fearful as Cruz, Rubio and the rest of the GOP field suggest? Are they even more concerned? Or much less?
Tell us what you think. We’ll report back with the results.