U.S. Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton backed elements of President Barack Obama’s strategy to fight Islamic State militants in a debate on Saturday in which she clashed with top rival Bernie Sanders over national security and the economy.

Clinton came under fire from Republicans even before the debate was over for optimistically saying “we now finally are where we need to be” in Syria, and was criticized by Sanders for being too quick to push for regime change.

The debate was the Democrats’ first since the deadly Dec. 2 attack by a pair of radicalized Muslims in San Bernardino, California, which along with the November attacks in Paris elevated national security to the top of the campaign agenda.

Republicans have criticized Obama’s handling of Islamic State and have sought to link the former secretary of state to what they say is a failed strategy.

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