MASON CITY, Iowa -- Mike Pence squared up this November's election on the premise that Hillary Clinton - with Barack Obama - have "compromised" the safety of Americans after a litany of suspected terrorist acts over the weekend.
"You know, I am not even sure that Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama know we are at war," Pence said here from the stage inside the Music Man Square.
Authorities arrested 28-year-old Ahmad Rahami on Monday in connection with a series of bombs planted in New York and New Jersey over the last three days.
The vice presidential candidate told the nearly 300 people in the northern Iowa town that Clinton and Obama "emboldened our enemies and compromised the safety of the American people," calling the duo's foreign policy "weak and feckless."
"But all that's going to end on the 20th of January," Pence said.
He suggested there's a "narrative of denial that's emanating from the campaign of Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine."
Pence swatted at White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest's remarks this morning on a cable TV network that the battle with ISIS is "a narrative fight."
"Well that would be news to the men and women in Iraq who are taking it to the enemy everyday," Pence said, chastising the assertion.
"We are not in a narrative fight -- we are at war with radical Islamic terrorism, and we need a president who knows it," Pence said.
The Indiana governor promised the crowd that the Trump-Pence White House would make the safety of Americans its "first priority."