Presidential candidates quick to have answers for Brussels attack
President Obama criticizes Ted Cruz for his neighborhood surveillance comments.
Hillary Clinton expresses her disgust in the Republican party's remarks.
Charles Bierbauer says the Republican candidates are using fear to gain voters attention.
By Caitlyn Hummel
As tensions grow in Europe after the Brussels attack, presidential candidates have pushed domestic and foreign policy to the top of their platforms.
Republicans are taking a hard line on what to do in America in response to the Brussels attacks. Front runner Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz are among those who believe the nation should implement neighborhood surveillance policies to keep tabs on the Islamic population.
"If you want to stop radical Islamic terrorism, focus law enforcement and national security resources on the areas and locations where there is Islamic terrorism," said Cruz.
Trump says he agrees with Cruz's proposal, but also suggests torture could prevent future attacks.
"If they would have put him through the grill ten minutes after the capture, he probably would have patted them out and maybe stopped this horrible terror attack," said Trump.
The remarks from Trump and Cruz have drawn much criticism from Democrats, including President Barrack Obama and front runner Hillary Clinton.
"I just left a country that engages in that neighborhood surveillance and Senator Cruz's father escaped for America because of that, land of the free," said Obama.
Hillary Clinton was not far behind.
"What Donald Trump and Ted Cruz and others are suggesting is not only wrong but dangerous," said Clinton.
Former political correspondent and dean of the USC School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Charles Bierbauer says the comments from Trump and Cruz are an effort to arouse fear in voters and to gain votes.
"At a time of tragedy, its pandering to emotion and trying to get voters to think we are under eminent threat and that they are the ones who can do something about it," said Beirbauer.
We reached out to three mosques in Columbia for their perspective and they declined to comment.