Presidential Candidates React To Orlando Nightclub Shooting

June 12, 2016 9:40 a.m.

The candidates running in the 2016 election for the presidency reacted to the shooting at the Orlando nightclub on Sunday that left approximately 20 people dead and wounded dozens of others.

The shooter opened fire at the Orlando club, and took hostages. The shooter died after a shootout between SWAT members. FBI officials have said they’re investigating the incident as a possible act of terrorism.

Here’s how the presumptive nominees reacted:

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Clinton used President Obama’s words in a statement she released and said it was an act of “terror” and “hate.”

“This is the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the United States and it reminds us once more that weapons of war have no place on our streets,” Clinton said in the statement.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) called the shooting “unthinkable” and “horrific” during an interview on NBC News’ “Meet the Press.”

He went on to say that he hoped those injured could recover and pivoted to discussing his stance on gun control.

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