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Rob Portman: Obama 'First Measured Steps' on ISIS 'a Good Thing for the Country'

Rob Portman: Obama 'First Measured Steps' on ISIS 'a Good Thing for the Country'

On Monday’s “America’s Newsroom,” Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) indicated that although he had been a critic of President Barack Obama and his policy regarding the ISIS threat in the Middle East, Republicans Obama for his evolution on using forced against the rogue element. However, he also said Obama should do more to combat the threat.

“It does seems to be a big switch and yet he is finally doing the right thing. So I think has a Republican who has criticized the president for not showing leadership, by the way at home and abroad, when the president finally steps up and says we ought to take at least these first measured steps, and I think he needs to do more, I think that is a good thing for the country. I don’t know what the political fallout is. I will tell you I saw a poll indicating nearly 70 percent of the Americans don’t believe what he laid out is going to work. So, I don’t know how much it helped him but I think it is the right thing for our country to stand up to the ISIS threat. If we do not, it will continue to pose a threat not to the region but ultimately to us. So, it is well beyond time – it’s overdue for him to step up and do something. Let the politics fall out as they will but as a Republican I think those who say that opposed president on this, yes it is good he is finally order airstrikes and finally doing the right things in terms of arming some of these groups including the one in Syria that has the opportunity to be our ground forces there.”

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