NC Senate candidates largely back more airstrikes

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis are largely supportive of the direction of President Barack Obama’s plan to expand military airstrikes and help forces fight the Islamic State militant group.

But both North Carolina U.S. Senate candidates are seeking to assert their independence.

The Democratic incumbent said after Obama’s speech Wednesday night that last year she urged the administration to arm and assist moderate Syrian rebels. Hagan says she’s glad the effort will be hastened.

Her Republican challenger Tillis says U.S. air strikes should continue until the president is assured that regional enemies of the militants will eliminate them on the ground. But Tillis also says Obama’s failed foreign policy has made the crisis worse and blames Hagan for enabling it.

A Hagan campaign spokesman says Tillis is politically posturing.

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