At the North Carolina Senate debate earlier this week, Democratic senator Kay Hagan admitted she missed an Armed Services committee hearing in February on the emerging threat of ISIS. Conservative organization Crossroads GPS has a new TV ad running in North Carolina that uses Hagan's explanation against her.
Watch the video below:
Crossroads GPS says it's made a $5.1 million buy for this and another ad during the month of October.
The issue of Hagan missing the hearing has arisen in some of Republican Thom Tillis's latest ads as well. Hagan holds a small lead over Tillis in a race Republicans are worried may be getting away from them. Tillis and the GOP are hoping national security concerns can put them over the top:
In the final weeks, Tillis sees national security as a way to reach undecideds. His campaign’s latest ads target Obama’s “jayvee” comments about the Islamic State terrorist group, linking them to the fact that Hagan has missed half of all Armed Services Committee hearings this year. One of the hearings Hagan skipped in February discussed the “growing threat” of ISIS. Hagan admitted last week that she attended a fundraiser the same day.
“While ISIS grew, Obama did nothing,” says one ad’s voiceover. “Senator Hagan did cocktails.”