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Today on the Trail — 11/16/15

(WASHINGTON) — The Paris attacks resonated deeply on the campaign trail over the weekend and will continue to do so, possibly changing the race from here going forward. The fear of an event similar to that which happened in Paris also happening in this country is likely to seriously impact the contours of the political race.

On ABC’s This Week Sunday, Marco Rubio said something he and other candidates are likely to repeat: it’s the federal government’s job to keep the country safe.

“The one thing it must do and only it can do, is provide for our national security,” he said. “All this talk about economic growth and prosperity becomes very impossible to achieve if we're not safe.”

Over the weekend, candidates said we should not accept Syrian refugees. That idea will continue Monday as Ben Carson added an early afternoon press conference outside of Las Vegas to call on Congress to defund the Administration’s refugee policy. This comes as he struggled through an interview on Fox News Sunday and had difficulty giving specifics on how to defeat ISIS. Carson was asked three times to name a country leader he would call on to assemble a coalition to counter the Islamic State, but he could not.
We can expect Donald Trump to discuss all the same topics Monday night when he holds an 8 p.m. rally in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Rubio is in Washington, D.C., where he will speak Monday night at the Wall Street Journal’s annual CEO Council meeting.
Ted Cruz is in South Carolina. He held a morning town hall in Sun City that will be followed by an afternoon meet and greet in Charleston.

Carly Fiorina is in Plymouth, New Hampshire Monday. In the afternoon she’ll visit a retail stop at a deli before visiting CADY, or Communities for Drug and Alcohol Free Youth. Also in the afternoon she will participate in the Plymouth State University Presidential Candidate Lecture Series.

Chris Christie remains in New Jersey to hold an official event as governor and attend a ribbon cutting ceremony for a new Honeywell headquarters in Morris Plains. It may not be a campaign event, but expect to hear about it out on the trail as he likes to tout business moving to the state.
On the other side of the aisle, Hillary Clinton has no events Monday, but both Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley are stumping. Sanders holds an evening rally in Cleveland, Ohio, while O’Malley is still in Iowa and will hold four town halls Monday.
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