(Bloomberg) -- When it came to their collective belief that America must be great and strong again, all nine candidates at the prime-time Republican presidential debate last week took positions as alike as the red ties most were wearing on the Las Vegas stage. Sharp differences emerged, however, over how to get there.

One of the most contentious issues in the post-9/11 era—the extent to which civil liberties must be given up in order to root out terrorist threats—is back on the agenda following fatal acts of terror in Paris, France and San Bernardino, California. It’s a rare issue in the 2016 presidential race that is broadly non-partisan.

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