Hillary Clinton cast herself as the only presidential candidate who has fought terrorism and slammed Donald Trump's response to the incidents in New York, New Jersey and Minnesota over the weekend as "demagogic".
A prominent member of the Kennedy family says former Republican President George H.W. Bush told her that he plans to vote for Democrat Hillary Clinton for president this fall.
Trump added that investigators should "use whatever lawful methods are available" to extract information from Rahami. "These are enemies, these are combatants and we have to be tough, we have to be strong". On the campaign trail, she frequently invokes her role in the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden, describing to voters the tense atmosphere in the White House alongside President Barack Obama at that moment. The obvious need for such prudence sadly - but not surprisingly - did not seem to matter to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
On Monday, he called for tougher policing, including profiling foreigners who look like they could have connections to terrorism or certain Middle Eastern nations.
He said: "This isn't just something that I developed overnight" because of the attacks. "We want to make sure we're only admitting people into our country who love our country".
Asked about Ahmad Khan Rahami - in custody following a police shootout after he was allegedly seen on video near the bombing - and whether his Afghan descent will help Trump politically, Clinton said: "There are millions of law-abiding, peaceful Muslim Americans". A news agency linked to the Islamic State called him a soldier of the terrorist group, and police said he asked at least one victim whether they were Muslim before assaulting them and referred to Allah during the attacks.
Trump agreed terrorists have a preference: They "want her so badly to be our president".
He said Americans are reluctant to follow Israel's example due to political correctness, "and this is only going to get worse".
Trump has tried to appear more statesmanlike as the November election approaches. "You can't have vetting if you don't look at ideology", Trump said in Estero, Florida.The wounded suspect in the latest NY area attacks, Ahmad Kahn Rahami, traveled to Afghanistan and Pakistan.