During a campaign stop in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the former secretary of state also addressed the issue of homegrown terrorist attacks such as the San Bernardino, California massacre that left 14 people dead earlier this month.

She cited remarks by her Republican opponents in making her case for why any comprehensive plan to defeat terrorism must not alienate moderate Muslims within the United States and overseas who are potential allies in the fight against Islamic State.

Her reference to 'bigotry' was a reference to Republican front-runner Donald Trump's proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States.

The former US senator and first lady outlined a multi-point plan for how she would work to defeat Islamic State in the United States and overseas.

Her proposals include a broader target for air strikes in Syria; more in-depth visa application reviews for all individuals who have spent time in areas where Islamic State is active; and tighter gun-control laws, including reinstating a ban on the sale of assault weapons.

Clinton said Silicon Valley entrepreneurs are a powerful force the country can use to defeat Islamic State and that the tech sector and the government have to stop seeing each other as enemies and work together.

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