After attacks, Clinton cites her experience; Trump says police are constrained

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GWEN IFILL: The attacks were also the focus on the campaign trail today, as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump pushed to convince voters that they can keep Americans safe.

John Yang reports.

JOHN YANG: With terror threats suddenly center stage, Hillary Clinton used her years as secretary of state to say she’s ready to handle national security.

HILLARY CLINTON (D), Presidential Nominee: I have sat at that table in the Situation Room. I have analyzed the threats. I have contributed to actions that have neutralized our enemies. I know how to do this.

JOHN YANG: Donald Trump used this weekend’s attacks to underscore a defining theme of his campaign.

DONALD TRUMP (R), Presidential Nominee: We have seen how failures to screen who is entering the United States puts all of our citizens, everyone in this room, at danger. So, let me state very, very clearly, immigration security is national security.

JOHN YANG: Both candidates also tried to highlight their foreign policy credentials, Clinton by meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York. She and Trump are also to meet separately with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.

Meanwhile, Clinton and running make Tim Kaine campaigned separately on college campuses. Young voters were a key part of the coalitions that twice elected President Obama, but, this time around, Clinton is having trouble winning them over.

HILLARY CLINTON: Even if you’re totally opposed to Donald Trump, you may still have some questions about me. I get that, and I want to do my best to answer those questions.

JOHN YANG: Clinton has a light campaign schedule for the rest of the week, ahead of the first debate with Trump a week from today.

For the “PBS NewsHour,” I’m John Yang.

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