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Reporter Asks Bernie Sanders Supporters One Simple Question: ‘What's a Bigger Threat: Climate Change or Terrorism?’


"I'm not the most informed person in the world."

Despite the terror attacks in Paris, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.) said in last Saturday's Democratic debate that he still believes climate change is the greatest threat facing U.S. national security — but his supporters don't necessarily agree.

Preceding Saturday's debate, MRCtv reporter Dan Joseph staked out at a local Des Moines theater where Sanders supporters were gathering to enter the debate forum. Joseph asked the supporters if they agreed with Sanders — that climate change is a more pressing national security threat than the Islamic State or radical Islam.

Joseph found that not everyone was in agreement with the Vermont senator.

"I think that's a difficult question, because they're obviously both legitimate threats," one woman said.

"I don't think [climate change] is our biggest threat," another woman said. "It is definitely very, very important, but it's not the biggest."

One woman Joseph talked to even predicted that Sanders would change his "tune," given the extent of the violence that the terrorists waged on Paris.

"I do think he might change his tune considering how violent [the Paris attacks were]," the woman said.

Another supporter, a young man, quipped, "I'm not the most informed person in the world."

Sanders has been steadfast in his assertion that climate change poses a greater threat to America than does radical Islam. He often goes as far as to say that climate change is "directly related to the growth of terrorism." That assertion, however, has been ruled "mostly false" by PolitiFact.

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