The country is scared. And Hillary Clinton will try to show she can keep the nation safe.
The Democratic presidential candidate is set to give a speech Tuesday to explain how she would protect Americans at a time when their fears about a domestic terrorist attack have soared after attacks in Paris and San Bernardino.
But the former secretary of state is walking a delicate balancing act between a Republican presidential field that is proposing an aggressive and sometimes controversial response to fight ISIS and the policies of President Barack Obama. Clinton's four years at the top of the Obama foreign policy team has tied her to her former boss but he losing trust among Americans that he can keep them safe.
So far in the campaign, Clinton addressed those challenges by talking tough while not proposing a wholesale departure from the president. She has worked to appeal to the large number of independents who want a more aggressive response to terrorism without alienating Democrats who support the president's strategy.