The ads all play off the theme of “leadership” and attack President Obama’s handling of the rise of ISIS in the Middle East.
While the ads feature GOP candidates, they are being bankrolled by big-money PACs.
Right to Rise, a PAC backing Bush, is sponsoring an ad featuring the candidate that focuses on anti-Islamic terrorism, according to Ad Age, which broke the story.
“Here’s the truth you will not hear from our president,” Bush intones. “We are at war with radical Islamic terrorism.”
The ad appeared on Fox News earlier this week and will be used to sway voters in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.
“Jeb Bush is the only candidate in the race who understands the threat we face, takes these issues seriously, and has laid out a substantive plan to defeat ISIS,” Paul Lindsay, spokesman for Right to Rise told the trade magazine.
Another ad sponsored by the Republican National Committee broadly attacks the president and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
“Can Leaders Like These Keep Us Safe” the ad asks, using statements by Obama and Clinton, who have tried to keep American soldiers from directly entering the fight.
Front-running GOP candidate Donald Trump has been the most outspoken in his plans to use military force.
“The attacks in Paris proved once again that America needs to get tough on radical Islamic terrorism. I will also quickly and decisively bomb the hell out of ISIS.”
Trump suffered a backlash this week when he claimed that he saw Arab-Americans in New Jersey cheering the terror strikes on the World Trade Center in 2001. Those claims, however, were widely discredited at the time.
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Marco Rubio have also jumped on the anti-ISIS band wagon. Rubio, in particular, played off Islamophobia, characterizing the fight as a “Civilizational Struggle.”
Obama has refused to commit American troops to fight ISIS as have all other Western powers. Instead, he’s been relying on an air campaign to support anti-ISIS elements. U.S. troops have been limited to a training role and limited action by special forces.
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