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    URBANDALE, Iowa (AP) -- Hillary Clinton had just delivered some hard talk on terrorism, recalling tough decisions she made in the White House situation room as secretary of state and lashing out at her Republican rivals for threatening the safety of the American people.

    But when an Iowa man broke into her riff with a question about how the country could confront a new wave of fear, her response sounded less like that of a commander in chief than of a soothing self-help guru. "We've got to do everything we can to weed out hate and plant love and kindness," she told a crowd of several hundred.

    The lovey-dovey message seems surprising coming from a Washington veteran who frequently references women in public life needing "skin like a rhinoceros." But as she grapples with Donald Trump's prominence in the Republican race, she's embraced "love and kindness" as a campaign refrain.

    In Alabama, she told lawyers that justice means "standing beside love." In Atlanta, Clinton promised black ministers she'd run on a "love and kindness platform." And after Trump said he'd block Muslims from entering the country, her campaign quickly churned out a new catch phrase: "Love trumps hate."

    Republicans scoff at the idea of Clinton preaching a gospel of love.

    "I think most voters see her as warm and cuddly as a porcupine," said Republican pollster Nicole McCleskey. "It has a hollow ring to it."

    Clinton has been a divisive figure since the era of "the vast right-wing conspiracy," as she called critics. In a Democratic debate in the fall, she said she was proud to have made enemies of Republicans.

    But she's also talked about compassion for decades, dating back to her earliest days as first lady when she decried a national "crisis of meaning" in a 1993 address.

    Today, Clinton rarely ends her remarks without asking her audience to consider adding some "love and kindness" to their daily lives. The line entered her stump speech as an ad-libbed aside during an address to mayors days after the Charleston church shooting in June.

    "It may be unusual for a presidential candidate to say we need more love and kindness in this country, but I think that's exactly what we need," she said in New Hampshire on Tuesday.

    Her approach - and the implicit contrast with Trump - has attracted some people.

    "I had hesitation about what I thought was a kind of hardness in her but she doesn't have that in person," said Terry Matre, a family therapist in West Des Moines. "When you think about what Donald Trump is saying and then you think about her, you're like, my God what took me so long."

    Her campaign has tried to hold up Trump as emblematic of the Republican Party, stressing that while his rhetoric may be harsher the entire field shares his positions on immigration and more. Trump has accused Mexican immigrants of being rapists, called to ban Muslims from entering the country and mocked the appearances of his opponents, women and a disabled reporter - rhetoric that is in fact distinct to Trump and has been denounced in many cases by his party rivals.

    While Trump's talk has drawn support from GOP primary voters, he lags among women.

    "That sort of language very much tracks with what a lot of women voters say," said Democratic pollster Margie Omero, who helps oversee research of female swing voters who shop at Wal-Mart. "They say, 'Let's go back to a time in which we're being nicer to each other.' "

    Kellyanne Conway, a Republican pollster who is advising a super PAC backing Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, referred to Clinton's approach as "Hillary the Hallmark Card."

    "It's a play for the female vote that so far has not indicated they will be swept away in this clarion call to make history," she said.

    But it's also a tone that some Republicans embraced before Trump and growing terrorism fears pushed the party to more muscular rhetoric.

    During one of ex-Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's first visits to New Hampshire, he promised to "share my heart."

    "We've got to crack our chests open and show 'em our heart," said New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie told GOP donors in the summer.

    In recent months, though, chest-thumping has been the order of the day for Republicans.

    Bush, for example, has traded love for mild vulgarity. Back in New Hampshire last month, he shouted: "We're Americans, damn it!"

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    Associated Press writers Julie Bykowicz and Kathleen Ronyane contributed to this report.

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    12 Dec '15 01:191 edit
    So how can Hillary reach the evil GOP and ISIS with her message of love?
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    12 Dec '15 01:36
    Originally posted by whodey
    So how can Hillary reach the evil GOP and ISIS with her message of love?
    She has reached ISIS with love by making sure they are well armed. She showed her "friend" love in Benghazi too. She just loves and loves. Anyone seen one of them Hillary for prison T shirts. They are awesome!!!
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    12 Dec '15 03:08
    Originally posted by joe beyser
    She has reached ISIS with love by making sure they are well armed. She showed her "friend" love in Benghazi too. She just loves and loves. Anyone seen one of them Hillary for prison T shirts. They are awesome!!!
    Can she keep preaching love without mentioning the "G" word?

    Maybe instead of saying God is love, she could say that the DNC is love.
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    12 Dec '15 06:52
    Originally posted by whodey
    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_DEM_2016_CLINTON_LOVE_AND_KINDNESS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2015-12-11-04-12-24

    URBANDALE, Iowa (AP) -- Hillary Clinton had just delivered some hard talk on terrorism, recalling tough decisions she made in the White House situation room as secretary of state and lashing out at her Republican riva ...[text shortened]... Associated Press writers Julie Bykowicz and Kathleen Ronyane contributed to this report.

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    I wish they would all SHUT UP at least until after the first of the year, this campaign reminds me of a boring soap opera that never seems to end. 😞
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    12 Dec '15 08:36
    How un-presidential of her to tell people not to fear and/or hate everyone.
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    12 Dec '15 12:03
    Originally posted by KazetNagorra
    How un-presidential of her to tell people not to fear and/or hate everyone.
    She is doing a good job being presidential. She has the lying thing down real good and ready to fill Obamas shoes. As far as the refugees go, the Govt, created the problem so she wants to minimize the backlash as much as possible. This should give them time to get the western nations filled to the brim with ISIS/Al CIA da cells to begin the next phase of their operation. Problem, Reaction, Solution baby all the way!!! Hell yeah!! I feel good about the NWO! Down with national sovereignty, Down with the constitution and bring on Hillarys love for all. Isn't it presidential to teach children it is ok to lie?
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    12 Dec '15 12:20
    Originally posted by bill718
    I wish they would all SHUT UP at least until after the first of the year, this campaign reminds me of a boring soap opera that never seems to end. 😞
    For the life of me, I don't know why Bill is not out there sharing his love. After all, he seems to be pretty good at It in the past. 😛
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    12 Dec '15 12:23
    Originally posted by KazetNagorra
    How un-presidential of her to tell people not to fear and/or hate everyone.
    No, there is plenty to fear.

    If the governments around the world don't start doubling our energy rates then the world is gonna end!!

    Also, if the US elects Trump then Islam will declare jihad on the US and WW3 will start.

    And why is it just assumed hating things is bad? For example, why is it bad to be bigoted against Nazis? Why is it bigoted to be against radical forms if Islam that preach violence? It's not. We should hate these things.
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    12 Dec '15 12:24
    Originally posted by joe beyser
    She is doing a good job being presidential. She has the lying thing down real good and ready to fill Obamas shoes. As far as the refugees go, the Govt, created the problem so she wants to minimize the backlash as much as possible. This should give them time to get the western nations filled to the brim with ISIS/Al CIA da cells to begin the next phase of ...[text shortened]... ion and bring on Hillarys love for all. Isn't it presidential to teach children it is ok to lie?
    I'm not feeling the love joe.

    Where is the love? :'(
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    12 Dec '15 14:29
    Originally posted by whodey
    No, there is plenty to fear.

    If the governments around the world don't start doubling our energy rates then the world is gonna end!!

    Also, if the US elects Trump then Islam will declare jihad on the US and WW3 will start.

    And why is it just assumed hating things is bad? For example, why is it bad to be bigoted against Nazis? Why is it bigoted to be against radical forms if Islam that preach violence? It's not. We should hate these things.
    It's cute when you pretend there are Muslims you are not bigoted against.
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    12 Dec '15 17:12
    Originally posted by KazetNagorra
    How un-presidential of her to tell people not to fear and/or hate everyone.
    It is not EVERYONE that we need to fear and/or hate.
    It is the MUSLIM EXTREMISTS that we need to fear and/or hate.
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    12 Dec '15 17:15
    Originally posted by whodey
    No, there is plenty to fear.

    If the governments around the world don't start doubling our energy rates then the world is gonna end!!

    Also, if the US elects Trump then Islam will declare jihad on the US and WW3 will start.

    And why is it just assumed hating things is bad? For example, why is it bad to be bigoted against Nazis? Why is it bigoted to be against radical forms if Islam that preach violence? It's not. We should hate these things.
    If Trump is elected President, we will get a better deal with Iran and he will Make America Great Again. 😏
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