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Sen. Tom Cotton: America’s been ‘leading from behind’ for 8 years; that’s enough

CLEVELAND ― America has fallen behind in global security during the Obama administration, and Hillary Clinton would only make things worse, Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, said Monday night.

"For eight years, we've seen what happens when America leads from behind. Leading from behind—that's not what the Army taught me," Cotton said in prepared remarks at the Republican National Convention.

"We don't fight because we hate our enemies, but because we love our country. We love its freedom. We love that we're born equal and live free, that no one rules without consent," he said. "We know these things are worth fighting and dying for because they make life worth living for."

The GOP has repeatedly hit the Democrats on how they've dealt with terrorist organizations like the so-called Islamic State.

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) visits the Quicken Loans Arena ahead of the Republican National Convention on July 17, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
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Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) visits the Quicken Loans Arena ahead of the Republican National Convention on July 17, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.

"To everyone who agrees that America should lead the way, let me say loud and clear: help is on the way," Cotton said, referring to business magnate Donald Trump.

Trump, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, is set to officially become the party's standard bearer Thursday night.

Monday was not the first time Cotton was critical of the Obama administration and the Democrats' on global security.

Earlier this month, he told "Meet the Press" "we need to do more and we need to do it faster."

"It seems like every time the Islamic State commits a terrorist atrocity, the President or his senior officials announce a new policy change," he said. " At a minimum, we should take stock of all the policies that we might pursue after a terrorist attack and we should pursue all of them right now."