After appearing at the debate in Iowa, Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley tells Reuters: ''We need to make sure that the Russians and others that are involved in that region understand their top priority.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. Democratic presidential candidates weighed in on the rise of Islamic State militants during a contentious debate on Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa, just one day after attacks claimed by Islamic State in Paris killed nearly 130. The lethal attacks in Paris have placed a new emphasis on issues of national security, border control, and counterterrorism, while perhaps bolstering candidates who talk toughest about taking on Islamic State militants both at home and abroad. Former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley told reporters what he thinks needs to be done to combat the threat from Islamic State. "We need to make sure that the Russians and others that are involved in that region understand their top priority must be ISIL, degrading and ultimately defeating ISIL so that they can no longer launch attacks against western democracies," O'Malley said. The candidates and audience at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, observed a moment of silence at the beginning of the debate to honor those killed in France.