WASHINGTON, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- North Carolina Republican Senate candidate Thom Tillis launched an attack ad against Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan Monday on her "absence" in the Islamic State (IS) debate.
The 30-second ad focused on Hagan's nonattendance during the Senate Armed Services Committee hearings in 2014 when members discussed global threats including IS.
The Hagan campaign bit back, accusing Tillis of "spineless fence-sitting" and mentioned the senator's role as chair for three subcommittee hearings on counterterrorism focusing on al-Qaida in Iraq and Syria.
"Speaker Tillis is desperate to distract from the fact that while he has no position on how to eliminate ISIS ... Kay has been decisive and clear about what action must be taken to destroy these terrorists," said Hagan's communications director Sadie Weiner.
Hagan and Tillis are in a tight race as Hagan tries to keep her seat in the red state.