Scott Brown, a former senator from Massachusetts, told "Fox & Friends" that border security and the threat of Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists entering the United States looms large in the minds of voters in New Hampshire, where he is running to return to the Senate.
Brown beat nine opponents Tuesday to win the Republican primary, and will face incumbent Democrat Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in November's election. He said he differs from Shaheen, who has stood with President Barack Obama's policies "over 99 percent of the time," and twice voted against sending troops to secure the border.
Even though it's far from the states along the southern border, he said the people of New Hampshire "care very deeply," about the beheadings of Americans journalists James Foley and Steve Sotloff by Islamic militants and the threat terrorists pose to Americans.
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"There's deep concerns that there are members of ISIS actually coming through the border right now," Brown said Wednesday. "We need to secure the border once and for all. We need to make sure that we have an immigration policy that works, but not one that rewards that illegality with incentives."
Brown said he is troubled about the mixed messages coming from the White House in dealing with the threat to the United States by ISIS, especially since the goal of the militants is to "put a flag in the White House."
"Our goal is to make sure that that doesn't happen. And that's why I'm deeply concerned about the president's incoherent and potentially dangerous policies," he said.
While Brown said he is "always hopeful" that Obama will be able to develop a plan to handle the ISIS threat, he said the United States must "make sure that there's real action and concerted action with our allies and Arab League partners." He said the problem with Obama's approach is that "he does too many speeches, and there's too much rhetoric, and our allies don't trust us."
"We need to disrupt and dismantle their command and control. We need go after targeted assets to make sure we can push them back. Make sure the Kurds have the assets they need to do their jobs. Have the Iraqis regroup and reform and push back against ISIS," he said.
Brown said he was able to prevail in the New Hampshire Republican primary by "taking my message to people's living rooms, holding town halls" and going "door to door and looking people in the eye and saying, 'Listen, I'm Scott Brown, and let me tell you how I'm different. Let me tell you that I will be that independent voter and thinker.'"
Brown said Shaheen has "changed" since she had become a senator and had "become a Washingtonian insider," adding that it was "very difficult to explain" how she could support "the president and his failed policies."
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