Clinton, Trump struggle for national security upper hand
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In their struggle for the upper hand on national security, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are emphasizing strikingly different themes.
Trump casts himself as the bold and cunningly unpredictable strongman who will eliminate terrorism. Clinton pitches herself as the calm, conventional commander in chief who will manage all manner of crises.
Terrorism is Trump's national security touchstone, and the Islamic State group is his target. He promises to wipe it out, and quickly.
Clinton accuses him of fearmongering and of denigrating the U.S. military as gutted and worn out. She presents herself as the anti-Trump.
National security has emerged as a key focus of the campaign -- not so much the candidates' plans as their temperaments.