In their second televised debate, U.S. Senate candidates Democrat Jeanne Shaheen and Republican Scott Brown clashed on how to best handle the threat of ISIS.
Brown repeatedly tried to link Shaheen to President Obama, including on the fight against the Islamic State.
“Senator, with respect, the Kurds are hanging on for dear life, they’re in trouble. The Iraqi government is in trouble. ISIS is the size of New England right now, and you and the president have taken ground troops off the table, which is the worst thing you can do.”
Brown also criticized Shaheen of missing a key hearing on ISIS.
She fired back.
“I attended 16 hearings on ISIS in the foreign relations committee and the armed services committee. The fact is I was asking questions about ISIS before my opponent ever moved to New Hampshire.”
The candidates also sparred on Ebola, with Brown pushing for a travel ban, and Shaheen accusing Brown of fear mongering.
With polls showing the race in a statistical dead heat, both candidates will soon have reinforcements.
Shaheen will tour the state Saturday with Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, while Brown is scheduled to campaign with Arizona Senator John McCain early next week.