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Paris attacks change tenor of Sunshine Summit in Orlando



Day Two of the Republican Party of Florida's Sunshine Summit in Orlando on Saturday was overshadowed by the Paris terrorist attacks the night before. The candidates who took the microphone -- many of the lesser-known, lower-polling polling presidential contenders, and some Senate candidates -- all addressed the violence.

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, a presidential candidate: "ISIS is a creation of a political decision by Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama to abandon Iraq." "We have a president that said yesterday ISIS was contained. He is either uninformed, dishonest or delusional -- and probably all three."

Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore, a presidential candidate: "We are at war." On being governor on 9/11: "I was chief executive of a state in crisis...That is experience." "Paris, ladies and gentlemen, is only the beginning."

U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, a U.S. Senate candidate: "What happened in France should recommit us to protecting our sovereignty and our borders." On Syrian refugees: "If you cannot vet them, then you should not bring them in because we shouldn't expose our people to potential terrorists."

Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, a U.S. Senate candidate: "It's a reminder that there are evil people" but "it's probably in poor taste today to be laying blame."

[Last modified: Saturday, November 14, 2015 1:55pm]


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