North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis (R) is out with a hard-hitting new ad blaming Sen. Kay HaganKay Ruthven HaganInfighting grips Nevada Democrats ahead of midterms Democrats, GOP face crowded primaries as party leaders lose control Biden's gun control push poses danger for midterms MORE (D-N.C.) for keeping quiet as President Obama took his time to respond to ISIS.
The ad argues President Obama was slow to recognize the threat from ISIS, and it argues that Hagan has missed half the Senate Armed Services Committee's hearings this year.
"While ISIS grew, Obama kept waiting, and Kay Hagan kept quiet. The price for their failure is danger," the ad's narrator says.
The ad is one of the most direct to hit the airwaves since ISIS became a major campaign issue this month. Republicans have sought to tie Senate Democrats to President Obama, whose approval ratings on foreign policy are low.
Tillis was one of the first Republicans to jump on the issue, criticizing Hagan in their first debate over President Obama's dismissal of ISIS as the "J.V. team."
North Carolina has a large number of military bases and huge population of veterans, making foreign policy issues more powerful there than elsewhere.
The most recent polling in North Carolina shows Hagan with a narrow lead in the race.
The state is one of several Republicans hope to win to take over the majority in the Senate.