State of California secondary Archives: on Foreign Policy


Michele Bachmann: Biggest issue in Middle East is nuclear Iran

The president has not done what he needs to do to keep the US safe. If you look at the biggest issue in the Middle East, it's a nuclear Iran, and the president has taken his eyes off that prize. He's said to Israel that they need to shrink back to their indefensible 1967 borders. I sit on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. We deal with the nation's classified secrets. And I firmly believe that the president has weakened us militarily and put us more at risk than at any time.
Source: 2011 GOP debate in Simi Valley CA at the Reagan Library Sep 7, 2011

Rick Perry: America shouldn't be in the business of adventurism

Q: You recently said, "I do not believe that America should fall subject to a foreign policy of military adventurism." Do you think Pres. Bush was too quick to launch military intervention without thinking through the risks?

PERRY: I was making a comment about a philosophy; I don't think America needs to be in the business of adventurism.

Q: You were making a philosophical comment, but it's hard to understand philosophy without understanding specifics. Where are some of the places where we've seen military adventurism?

PERRY: That was a philosophical statement that Americans don't want to see their young men and women going into foreign countries without a clear reason that American interests are at stake. And they want to see not only a clear entrance; they want to see a clear exit strategy, as well. We should never put our young men and women's lives at risk when American interests are not clearly defined by the president, and that's one of the problems this president is doing today.

Source: 2011 GOP debate in Simi Valley CA at the Reagan Library Sep 7, 2011

Tom Campbell: Unwaveringly pro-Israel, despite votes against aid

Q: How do you respond to accusations that you are anti-Israel?

CAMPBELL: Let me start with the fundamental commitment to the US relationship with the state of Israel. I've always supported a strong military relationship. And I have never flinched from that strong support.

FIORINA: In 1997 and in 1999, Tom, you offered amendments while you were a Congressman that cut aid to Israel in 1999 you voted to cut aid to Israel. In 1990 you were one of only 34 congressman who voted against Jerusalem being the undivided capital of Israel. And do you still think President Clinton is too pro-Israel as you once said?

CAMPBELL: George Shultz, the Secretary of state to President Ronald Reagan recently said that I was an "unwavering friend of Israel", particularly in the face of this threat from Iran.

FIORINA: I think Tom Campbell's voting record is quite clear and I think he is trying to have it both ways.

Source: Hogue News 1380 KTKZ coverage of 2010 CA Senate debate Mar 7, 2010

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