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Clinton takes aim at Trump after Arizona victory

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton ignored rival Bernie Sanders at a rally in Washington state late Tuesday night shortly after claiming victory in the Arizona primary.

Instead, Clinton focused on the top two Republicans running for the GOP nomination.

{mosads}Speaking in Seattle, where voters will caucus on Saturday, Clinton said she was proud to have just been projected the winner of the Arizona primary.

Votes are still being counted in contests in Idaho and Utah, where Sanders hopes to post victories.

But Clinton looked past the Vermont senator and took aim at GOP front-runner Donald Trump and his main rival for the nomination, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. 

Both Republican candidates spent Tuesday blasting the former secretary of State’s views on foreign policy following the terror attacks in Brussels that claimed dozens of lives.

Clinton fired back later that night.

“What we saw happen today in Brussels reminds us of how high the stakes are,” she said. “We live in a complex and dangerous world, and we need a commander in chief that can provide leadership that is strong, smart and, above all, steady, to take on these threats.”

“The last thing we need are leaders who incite more fear,” Clinton added. 

“So remember, when you go to caucus and your friends go to caucus on Saturday, this is about not only selecting a president but also selecting a commander in chief,” Clinton told supporters, referring to the upcoming Washington state caucuses. “And we need to be sure that we have those smart, steady hands.”
Trump on Tuesday argued that the U.S. should torture terror suspects to get information out of them. Trump also reiterated his call to ban Muslims from entering the country, and both he and Cruz called for the police to patrol Muslim neighborhoods in the U.S.

“In the face of terror, America doesn’t panic,” Clinton said. “We don’t build walls or turn our backs on our allies; we can’t throw out everything we know about what works and what doesn’t and start torturing people. What Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and others are suggesting is not only wrong, it’s dangerous. It will not keep us safe. This is a time for America to lead, not cower.”

Clinton said the rhetoric from Republicans has voters tuning out of the process.

“When we see people running to be president of the United States who are literally inciting bigotry and violence, it’s easy to say, ‘I’m not going to pay attention to that’ … but we’ve got to reclaim the promise of America,” she said.

Meanwhile, speaking at a rally in California, Sanders continued to run hard against Clinton.

Clinton’s allies in Congress have been calling on Sanders to tone down his attacks on his competitor. Recent reports said President Obama told a private gathering of donors that the time was nearing for the party to unite around Clinton. 

But Sanders is not backing down. 

In a speech in San Diego — California awards the most delegates of any state when it votes on June 7 — the Vermont senator went after Clinton in sharp, sarcastic terms over her use of super-PACs and her ties to Wall Street billionaires. 

Sanders said the lesson his grassroots-funded campaign had taught America was that a person could run a successful national campaign “without begging billionaires for their money.” 

The crowd laughed and applauded as he criticized Clinton over her refusal to release transcripts of the paid speeches she gave to Goldman Sachs employees. 

It’s a charge he has escalated in recent weeks, and he stepped it up again on Tuesday night. 

“She has also … given speeches on Wall Street for $225,000 a speech,” Sanders said. “Now, what I have said is that if you’re going to get paid $225,000 a speech, it must be an extraordinarily brilliant speech.

“It must be a speech that could transform our world. It must be a speech written in Shakespearean prose. So I think, given what a great speech it must have been, let’s release that speech to the American people.”
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