Republicans Use ISIS for Campaign Fodder as Midterm Elections Loom


The Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) has come to the campaign trail.

With the Senate up for grabs in this fall’s midterm elections, Republican candidates are knocking President Barack Obama’s failure to stop the militant group and looking to tie their Democratic opponents to the Administration. Republicans are making particular hay of Obama’s comment last week—quickly walked back by the White House—that “we don’t have a strategy yet” for fighting ISIS.

In the week since then, New Hampshire Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown, the former Massachusetts senator, has gone on an ISIS offensive, hitting the airwaves on Fox News and local TV to rip Obama and incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Brown has touted a bill he introduced while in office that would revoke the U.S. citizenship of Americans who join foreign terrorist organizations like ISIS.

“These people want to…

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