Senate Candidates Weigh In On ISIS Crisis

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- As the campaign season begins, one hot button topic is the threat of ISIS, the Islamic terrorist group in the Middle East which has ruthlessly killed hundreds of people.

Both Democratic Senator Mark Warner and Libertarian Senate candidate Robert Sarvis, who made campaign stops in the Valley, have ideas on how the issue of ISIS should be handled.

Warner stresses this is not a war America can wage on its own.

"ISIS is a threat not only to the Middle East, but potentially to Europe and to America. And, I think it's appropriate that we have taken limited military action. I think we need to keep other options on the table. But we also need to see for example, the Iraqis, be willing to step up and defend their own country as well," said Warner.

Libertarian Senate candidate Robert Sarvis echoes this notion, but also believes the United States should play a more limited role.

"The countries in that region understand that they are up against a threat that they don't want to metastasize. It's in their interest to fight ISIS. And, we shouldn't be doing the world's police work," said Sarvis.

As the race tightens, between Sarvis, Warner, and Ed Gillespie, the Republican candidate, the issue of how to handle ISIS will be a big one in their campaigns.

The coming months will determine what Virginia lawmakers choose to do with the looming threat of the terrorist group.


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