Former Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA), now the Republican nominee for Senate in New Hampshire, released a new ad arguing that President Barack Obama and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Brown’s opponent) are confused about how to handle the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, unlike Brown.
“President Obama and Jeanne Shaheen seem confused about the nature of the threat,” Brown said in the ad. “Not me. I want to secure the border, keep out the people that would do us harm, and restore America’s leadership int he world.”
Early on Tuesday, ahead of a speech Obama planned to give on U.S. airstrikes on ISIS targets, Shaheen released a statement that said she supports “aggressive action to destroy” ISIS.
“I am encouraged that the United States was joined in this mission by Middle East partner nations,” Shaheen said. “We must continue to build a strong international coalition to defeat this terrorist group.”
Brown’s ad touches on a meme among Republicans that there’s a possibility that members of ISIS have entered the U.S. That’s despite the fact that Homeland Security officials have said “there is no credible intelligence to suggest that there is an active plot by [ISIS] to attempt to cross the southern border.”
The TPM Polltracker finds Shaheen with a 3.4 point lead over Brown.
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