"I support airstrikes both in Iraq and Syria. I do not support boots on the ground," he said.
McFadden said President Obama's foreign policy has made the world a less safe place. He said he is deeply concerned about a previous comment from Obama that he did not have a strategy for dealing with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
"This leading from behind, it's not working. It's made the world a more dangerous place. We've reached a place where our enemies don't fear us and our allies don't trust us," he said.
McFadden's comments come in advance of the president's prime-time speech tonight in which he's expected to lay out his strategy for dealing with ISIS. McFadden stopped in Rochester this morning to campaign, visiting with supporters at Press Coffee & Tea Lounge.
In a statement issued by his campaign, McFadden said that the president should seek congressional approval for the air strikes and that they should "have the support of our allies, and ensure that strikes are conducted without coordinating with the Assad regime."
McFadden also criticized DFL U.S. Sen. Al Franken for supporting Obama's foreign policies.
"Sen. Franken, who voted with the president 97 percent of the time, has supported every one of President Obama's foreign policy blunders, and that has to change," McFadden said.
The Republican is also supporting a proposal that would automatically revoke passports for American citizens who fight overseas for terrorist organizations. Sixth District Congresswoman Michele Bachmann introduced a bill that would do that earlier this week.
"I believe when someone violates the law that they should lose their passport. They should also go on a no-fly list," he said.
I reached out to the Franken campaign to get a response to McFadden's comments. I will update this blog post when I hear back from them.
Franken campaign spokeswoman Alexandra Fetissoff said McFadden's claim that Franken has supported all of Obama's foreign policy positions is simply not accurate. She said from the beginning of his term in the Senate, Franken has taken an active role in trying to address terrorist recruitment in the state.
"Soon after he took office, Senator Franken met with the Special Agent in Charge of the FBI office in the Twin Cities to discuss terrorist recruitment in Minnesota. He has continued to meet with the FBI, both in Minnesota and DC, to discuss this topic, and has questioned the heads of the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI several times in Senate hearings about this very problem," she said.
Franken has said he supports the idea of airstrikes in Iraq and Syria but opposes sending in combat troops, according to Minnesota Public Radio.
"I think that we have to definitely consider airstrikes there. What we don't want to do is get mired into a land war where we're sending combat troops," Franken told MPR.