WATCH: GOP Vice Presidential nominee Mike Pence fault political correctness for hampering law enforcement's fight against ISIS.
Republican Vice Presidential Nominee Mike Pence said Monday that political correctness is hampering law enforcement efforts to fight terrorism, opening the door to attacks like those this past weekend in New York, New Jersey and Minnesota.
"In recent years, everything from Orlando to San Bernardino tells us that we have to be willing to step away from this era of political correctness, give our law enforcement the kind of common sense tools that they need to identify people in this country who are a threat to our families and communities," Pence told Circa.
During an interview, the Indiana governor also faulted President Obama and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton for allowing ISIS to rise in the Middle East.
"It's very clear to most Americans that we are at war with an ISIS caliphate that was able to overrun large areas of Iraq after Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton made the decision to withdraw all U.S. forces from that country," he said.
Clinton launched her own counteroffensive, blaming Donald Trump for inspiring terrorists.
The kinds of rhetoric and language that Mr Trump has used is giving aid and comfort to our adversaries.
"We are going to have to go after the bad guys and we are going to get them, but we are not going to go after an entire religion and give ISIS exactly what it is wanting," she said. "The kinds of rhetoric and language that Mr Trump has used is giving aid and comfort to our adversaries."
A truth of history is that weakness arouses evil
Pence insisted the Obama-Clinton foreign policy is the problem, not Trump's rhetoric.
"Clinton's suggestion that my running mate's rhetoric give comfort to our adversaries is absurd. Weakness gives comfort to our adversaries not American strength... A truth of history is that weakness arouses evil and frankly it's been the weak and feckless foreign policy lead by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton of the last 7 1/2 years that's emboldened our enemies."
To defeat ISIS, Pence said, Trump will, "will name our enemy, who will rebuild our military, who will marshal the resources of American strength and of our allies, including moderate Arab nations. And we will confront and destroy those who threaten our people and inspire violence here at home."
During the GOP presidential primaries, Trump surged in the polls after the San Bernardino attacks.