Clinton, the presumed Democratic nominee, used her remarks in Ohio to argue that preventing future attacks will require a mix of military and diplomatic action, and closer coordination with Muslim communities worldwide.
"We have to stem the flow of jihadists from Europe and Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and then back again," she said. "The only way to do this is by working closely with our partners, strengthening our alliances, not weakening them or walking away from them."
Trump, the presumed Republican nominee, said in a New Hampshire speech just two hours later that the killings show a need to overhaul America's immigration policies, and prove that "political correctness" has overtaken Democrats' desire to protect the public.
"We cannot continue to allow thousands upon thousands of people to pour into our country, many of whom have the same thought process as this savage killer," he said. "Many of the principles of radical Islam are incompatible with Western values and institutions."
Both candidates attacked each other in their respective remarks, Trump by name and Clinton by implication. Clinton called Trump's proposed ban on Muslim immigrants, first suggested by the business mogul months ago, little more than "inflammatory anti-Muslim rhetoric" that endangers the country and compromises its values.
The Republican frontrunner framed the move as critical to preserving both national security and "quality of life" for the country. He noted the suspected killer in Orlando was "born to Afghan parents who immigrated to the United States" and said U.S. leaders need a plan to "prevent the radicalization of [immigrants'] children."
A 2013 Pew Research Center study estimated that about 20 million American citizens have immigrant parents.
Both Trump and Clinton spoke of the need to improve U.S. intelligence capabilities, with Clinton promising to "make identifying and stopping lone wolves a top priority" of her administration.
She also said the Orlando shooting underscores the need for new gun control efforts: "I believe weapons of war have no place on our streets."
Trump attacked that position, saying the latest mass shooting emphasizes the need for Americans to be able to defend themselves through personal firearms. He touted an upcoming meeting with the National Rifle Association "to discuss how to ensure Americans have the means to protect themselves in this age of terror."
Leo Shane III covers Congress, Veterans Affairs and the White House for Military Times. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leo covers Congress, Veterans Affairs and the White House for Military Times. He has covered Washington, D.C. since 2004, focusing on military personnel and veterans policies. His work has earned numerous honors, including a 2009 Polk award, a 2010 National Headliner Award, the IAVA Leadership in Journalism award and the VFW News Media award.