Hillary Clinton shifts and says she is "happy" to use the term "radical Islam"

WASHINGTON (CBS News) - In the wake of the mass shooting at a club in Orlando, Florida killing 50 people including the gunman, the two presumptive presidential candidates appeared on several morning shows Monday morning to address the terrorist attack. After months of pressure from her Republican rivals, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a shift to using the term "radical Islam" to describe the attack - a phrase she repeatedly refused to embrace during a Democratic debate.

"We have to defeat radical jihadist terrorism, and we will." Clinton said during an interview Monday morning with NBC's Today Show. "To me, radical jihadism, radical Islamism, I think they mean the same thing. I'm happy to say either."

During another morning show on MSNBC, Clinton continued to use the term saying, "We have to defeat radical jihadist terrorism, or radical Islamism, whatever you call it. It's the same." However Clinton would then add, "But we cannot demonize, demagogue or declare war on an entire religion."

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TOPSHOT - A pride flag stands a half mast during a memorial service in San Diego, California on June 12, 2016, for the victims of the Orlando Nighclub shooting. AFP / Sandy Huffaker (Photo credit should read SANDY HUFFAKER/AFP/Getty Images)

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This is a strong contrast to the former Secretary's view throughout the Democratic Primary contest. During the CBS News Democratic Debate in November 2015, Face the Nation host John Dickerson asked Clinton if she agreed with the characterization radical Islam to which she said she didn't "want us to be painting with too broad a brush."

"I don't think we're at war with Islam. I don't think we're at war with all Muslims. I think we're at war with jihadists." She said and added, "You can talk about Islamists who clearly are also jihadists. But I think it's not particularly helpful to make the case that Senator Sanders was just making that I agree with that we've got to reach out to Muslim countries. We've got to have them be part of our coalition."

During the debate Clinton cited George W. Bush for stating the same thing, "We are not at war with Islam or Muslims. We are at war with violent extremism. We are at war with people who use their religion for purposes of power and oppression."

Clinton's Republican rival Donald Trump continued to criticize Clinton, even after she shifted to using the term, in a tweet saying "I have been hitting Obama and Crooked Hillary hard on not using the term Radical Islamic Terror. Hillary just broke-said she would now use!"