President Obama isn’t seeking re-election, but his Sunday address about fighting Islamic State-style terrorism will be a major topic of the 2016 race to succeed him, according to Republicans who critiqued the speech.
Donald Trump, the leader in Republican polls, tweeted that Obama had too little to say about defeating the Islamic State in the wake of mass attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif.
“Is that all there is?” Trump said. “We need a new President – FAST!”
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., appearing on Fox News right after the speech, said Obama failed to address public concerns about the threats from the Islamic State. Nothing the president said “will assuage people’s fears,” the Florida senator said.
“We are at war with a radical jihadist group,” Rubio said.
Other Republicans echoed those comments, saying that Obama’s strategy — air strikes against Islamic State positions in Iraq and Syria, and training local ground forces — is inadequate to the threat. They also criticized Obama for again proposing gun control proposals.