Republican U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown charges Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and President Obama “seem confused about the nature” of the Islamic terrorist threat in a new television ad planned for release on Wednesday.
The ad is being timed to coincide with what Brown’s campaign says is a major foreign policy speech entitled “Protecting America’s Freedom” – the same title as the new ad – tomorrow at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College.
In the ad, Brown, standing in front of a gray background with an American flag in the background, says “radical Islamic terrorists are threatening to cause the collapse of our country. President Obama and Senator Shaheen seem confused about the nature of the threat. Not me.”
He goes on to call for securing the border and action to “restore America’s leadership in the world.”
The Brown campaign said, “Shaheen has voted twice against border security and for amnesty, and as a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee she has been a supporter of President Obama’s weak and ineffective foreign policy, voting with him 99 percent of the time. Earlier this year, Shaheen made the statement that terrorist organizations like the radical jihadist group Boko Haram had nothing to do with Islam, which was greeted with widespread criticism.”
Shaheen’s campaign responded to the ad:
“While Scott Brown is peddling the politics of fear, Senator Shaheen is working to defeat and destroy ISIS, supporting air strikes, voting for military action and working to crack down on the terrorists’ financing to disrupt their operations.
“If Scott Brown is concerned about the border, he should call Speaker Boehner and urge him to schedule a vote on the bipartisan immigration reform bill 68 Senators including Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte passed last year that would double our border agents and build 700 miles of border fencing.”
The Shaheen campaign continued, “It’s sad that Scott Brown is trying to score political points to help himself just hours after our military launched air strikes in Syria designed to destroy ISIL. We should be unified behind our men and women in uniform right now as we target these terrorists and bring them to justice, not launching self-serving political attacks that distort the facts for partisan gain.”
Meanwhile in an official statement from her Senate office following the beginning of airstrikes in Syria, Shaheen said:
“Striking ISIL targets in Syria sends the clear message that the United States and its allies will take the fight to these terrorists wherever they are. I have supported and will continue to support aggressive action to destroy ISIL in Iraq and Syria, and I am encouraged that the United States was joined in this mission by Middle East partner nations. We must continue to build a strong international coalition to defeat this terrorist group.”
View the Brown ad below: