- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

DENVER — Another Senate Democrat is being targeted by an attack ad on the Islamic State threat, this time Colorado Sen. Mark Udall.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee released a television ad Tuesday accusing Mr. Udall of being soft on national security for saying during a debate that the Islamic State doesn’t pose an “imminent threat.”

“With his single issue campaign, Mark Udall doesn’t want to talk about other issues, like our national security,” the female narrator says as footage of Islamic State terrorists plays in the background.

The ad then shows a clip from the Sept. 6 Senate debate in Grand Junction in which Mr. Udall says, “I said last week that ISIL does not present an imminent threat to this nation, and it doesn’t.”

The ad’s narrator concludes, “Really? Can we take that chance?”

The Democrat Mr. Udall, who sits on the Senate Select Intelligence Committee, has urged caution on responding to aggression in the Middle East by Islamic State terrorists.

After the president announced plans for airstrikes to combat the Islamic State, Mr. Udall said in a statement that he wouldn’t sign off on “a blank check to begin another land war in Iraq.”

Shortly after the Senate debate, Mr. Udall came under criticism for saying that two U.S. journalists beheaded by terrorists “would tell us, ‘Don’t be impulsive.’”

Mr. Udall apologized two days later, saying his comments were “inappropriate.”

Other ads spotlighting the Islamic State terror threat are running in North Carolina and New Hampshire, where Senate Democratic incumbents are facing tough re-election battles against Republican challengers.

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