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Today's tragedy in Brussels once again put on display what could be one of the starkest policy contrasts between the eventual Republican and Democratic presidential nominees in the general election. It again put the spotlight on how the U.S. should respond to terrorism and -- as both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have argued -- what kind of nation the U.S. wants to be going forward.
On the GOP side, Donald Trump said on TODAY that he supports authorities going further than waterboarding. Ted Cruz called for increased police monitoring of Muslim neighborhoods in the U.S. "before they become radicalized." On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton said closing the border is not among the many things the U.S. needs to do to combat terrorism. "The Internet would still get over [a wall]," Clinton said on MSNBC. Sanders said Cruz's plan is unconstitutional.
While we certainly have seen differences between presidential candidates when it comes to foreign policy and American interventionism, we generally have not seen such stark differences in the initial reaction to terror attacks. It is the product of the hardline stances from the GOP candidates and Democrats' attempts to portray them as out the mainstream. And it could be one of the mostly hotly contested issues looking forward to the general election.
POPPING ON NBC POLITICS
- Here's what's at stake Tuesday night when voters in three states cast ballots.
- NBC's Leigh Ann Caldwell and Marianna Sotomayor chronicle candidate reactions to Brussels attack.
- Hours after terrorist explosions in Brussels killed at least 31 people, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz proposed that law enforcement increase monitoring of Muslim neighborhoods, NBC's Vaughn Hillyard reports.
- Here's what the early vote says about who is doing well in Arizona.
- Bernie Sanders has flooded the airwaves ahead of this week's Democratic contests, NBC's Mark Murray reports.
- Though Donald Trump had a very strong night on March 15, his national support remained virtually unchanged this week, according to the latest data from the NBC News|SurveyMonkey Weekly Election Tracking Poll.
- Clinton maintains a commanding national lead, the survey found.
FOR THE RECORD…
"My hands are normal. Slightly large, actually. In fact, I buy a slightly smaller than large glove."
- Donald Trump during an editorial board meeting with the Washington Post.
Ted Cruz begins his day in New York City before heading to Wisconsin .John Kasich is also there.
Bernie Sanders is in Wyoming.