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(DES MOINES, Iowa) -- While President Obama was on the golf course in Martha's Vineyard on Saturday, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was at the Iowa State Fair, criticizing the president's foreign policy and telling the president to "spend less time on the golf course."
Asked whether he thought President Obama should be vacationing in Massachusetts at the moment , Cruz accused Obama of being "an absentee president," noting that he did not visit the border last month when he was in the state of Texas.
"I think the president should actually stand up and do his job as commander in chief, should spend less time on the golf course and more time doing the job to which he was elected," Cruz told reporters after his speech at the Des Moines Register soapbox.
Cruz said airstrikes could be effective in Iraq but said President Obama has yet to detail a strategy for combatting ISIS.
"I am glad the president is finally demonstrating some leadership taking the threat from ISIS seriously, but unfortunately, he’s following the pattern that has characterized his foreign policy from the beginning of this tenure which he has laid out no clearly defined objective that we’re trying to accomplish that is key to defending U.S. national security," Cruz said.
"Airstrikes could well make sense to degrade the lethality of ISIS if they are directed towards accomplishing a concrete defined military objective that furthers U.S. national security interests," he said.
"What is missing right now is the commander in chief laying out a strategic vision, here is what we’re trying to accomplish so everyone will know when it’s accomplished, and here’s why it furthers U.S. national security interests. That only comes from the president, and unfortunately right now President Obama’s not providing that leadership."
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