Clinton says she doesn't back declaration of war against IS

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Posted: Nov 10, 2015 1:25 PM

DERRY, N.H. (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton says she does not currently support seeking a declaration of war against the Islamic State, citing the diffuse nature of the threat.

Clinton says at a town hall meeting with veterans the U.S. needs a better understanding of the threat posed by radical Islamic groups.

She says the U.S. needs to understand the costs, saying "if you have a declaration of war you better have a budget that backs it up."

The Democratic presidential candidate spoke as some members of Congress have pushed for a war authorization vote as the U.S. military intervention in Iraq and Syria has crept forward.

Clinton says if an affiliate of the Islamic State was responsible for the recent Russian plane crash "that raises the stakes" for the U.S. and other nations.