Cassidy: Obama 'mishandled' Islamic State strategy
BATON ROUGE - Republican Senate candidate Bill Cassidy says President Barack Obama has mishandled the U.S. effort to defeat the Islamic State group.
Cassidy, a GOP congressman, said Wednesday that the president initially ignored the build-up of the extremist group and misjudged its strength. He repeated Republican criticism that Obama hasn't presented a full plan for the U.S-led military campaign.
The congressman's comments came at a luncheon for a local chapter of the Association of Builders and Contractors. Asked whether he supports broader American engagement and troops on the ground, Cassidy said he couldn't answer that question because Obama hasn't offered a military strategy.
Cassidy is the leading Republican challenger to third-term Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, who is locked in a tight race for re-election. The election is Nov. 4.