Reporting from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday joined the debate about the motive in the shootings in Arizona that targeted U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, comparing the shooter with an ideologically driven terrorist.
Appearing on "Sweet Talk," a satellite-TV show for Arab women, Clinton said American society, like the Muslim world, suffered from extremism and cited the shootings Saturday in Tucson.
"Look, we have extremists in my country," Clinton said while taping the show at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi. "A wonderful, incredibly brave young woman Congress member, Congresswoman Giffords, was just shot by an extremist in our country. We have the same kinds of problems."
The shooting of Giffords has stirred a debate about whether the angry political climate in the United States motivated the shooter or whether it was mental illness. Alleged shooter Jared Lee Loughner, 22, has been charged with murder and attempted murder in the rampage that killed six people and wounded 14 others, including Giffords.