Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire is criticizing the president for not acting quickly or strongly enough to defeat the Islamic State.
National security is a key focus for Ayotte in her re-election race against Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan. She is calling for more military special operations raids against the Islamic State, a more forceful response to Russian President Vladimir Putin's influence in the region and a clearer strategy for dealing with captured terrorists.
Ayotte delivered her remarks Monday at Saint Anselm College's 'Politics & Eggs' political lecture series.
She began by offering condolences for the police officers killed in Dallas last week. But she made no mention of the recent fatal shooting of two black men by police officers, which prompted the initial Dallas protests