On Muslims, Democrats find an unlikely ally: George W Bush
WASHINGTON - In their fight against Republicans who call for a war on "radical Islamic terrorism," Democrats are turning to an unlikely ally: George W. Bush.
President Barack Obama is citing his predecessor's refusal to demonize Muslims or play into the notion of a clash between Islam and the West. It's a striking endorsement from Obama, who built his reputation by opposing the Iraq War and Bush's hawkish approach in the Middle East.
Hillary Clinton says "Bush was right" and quotes his admonition that those who intimidate Muslims should be ashamed.
Bush's example has become particularly poignant following terrorist attacks in Paris and California that have stirred people's fears about more coming. Democrats are seeking to counter Republicans like Donald Trump. He's called for a ban on Muslims entering the U.S.
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