State of Massachusetts secondary Archives: on Foreign Policy


Ed Markey: COVID: Supported travel ban from China

O'Connor repeatedly criticized Markey's "failure" to call out China for not sharing information about COVID-19. "Senator Markey has a long record of weakness in terms of dealing with China and his weakness, on a sustained basis, poses the greatest threat to American security and American safety,"

"That's just plain wrong," Markey shot back. "When the President said that he was going to cut off travel from China, I agreed with him and I said so publicly."

Source: The Boston Globe on 2020 Massachusetts Senate debate Oct 6, 2020

Kevin O`Connor: Failure to criticize China over COVID is weakness

O'Connor repeatedly criticized Markey's "failure" to call out China for not sharing information about COVID-19 during the early stages of what soon become a global outbreak. "Senator Markey has a long record of weakness in terms of dealing with China and his weakness, on a sustained basis, poses the greatest threat to American security and American safety," said the Dover attorney, who criticized Markey for "weakness" a half dozen times during the debate.
Source: The Boston Globe on 2020 Massachusetts Senate debate Oct 6, 2020

Elizabeth Warren: Led bipartisan opposition to China's election interference

A bipartisan group of 12 senators has written a letter to senior Trump administration officials, urging them to craft a "comprehensive strategy" to counter covert Chinese interference in democracies around the world. Led by Cortez Masto, the lawmakers outlined the growing threat that Chinese Communist Party activities pose to independent democratic institutions.

Democratic heavyweight Elizabeth Warren is a signatory to the letter, as is Chris Coons (D-DE) and Republican centrist Cory Gardner. The letter's wide spectrum of support suggests that, unlike the investigation into Russian meddling, future attempts to uncover Chinese actions in the United States may have a bipartisan character.

Source: The Daily Beast on 2018 Massachusetts Senate race Jun 11, 2018

John Kingston: Our allies should bear more of our common burden

I would advocate for our allies to bear more of our common burden, as it is foolish for us to defend those who are fully capable of defending themselves.

I remain concerned about the dangerous inclinations of rogue states such as North Korea, Iran, and Syria. I would support efforts to work with our allies and others who are concerned to ensure that the ability of those who wish us harm is greatly curbed. I oppose efforts to isolate and harass Israel in forums such as the United Nations.

We must remain vigilant as the threat of global terrorism is ever-present. Those who wish us ill and carry evil in their hearts have not disappeared. We need to continue to take the battle to the enemy, as the more they remain on the defensive the less likely they are to successfully attack our homeland.

Source: 2018 Massachusetts Senatorial campaign site JohnKingston.com Mar 31, 2018

Heidi Wellman: American Exceptionalism is too vague

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Support American Exceptionalism"?

A: TOO VAGUE

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Massachusetts Senate candidate Mar 7, 2018

Jay Gonzalez: Recognize Syrian refugees and others in need

President Trump's unconstitutional Muslim travel bans and increased raids to detain and deport immigrants have been particularly harsh, disruptive and fear-provoking for immigrant communities across the country and across Massachusetts.

The first piece of legislation I supported as a candidate for Governor was the Safe Communities Act. Among other things, this legislation would make clear that state and local law enforcement resources may be used only to enforce state and local laws- not to enforce federal immigration laws.

And long before Donald Trump, Governor Baker failed to stand up against hate and discrimination time and time again. It's not ok. It's not who we are. If I'm your Governor, it will not matter what color you are; what you believe; whether you just came to this country or you are a Native American; whether you are a Syrian refugee; or whether you are transgender--I see you. I believe in you. And as your Governor, I would work for you.

Source: 2018 Massachusetts gubernatorial campaign website jay4ma.com Dec 12, 2017

John Kingston: Work against rogue states; support Israel

I remain concerned about the dangerous inclinations of rogue states such as North Korea, Iran, and Syria. I would support efforts to work with our allies and others to ensure that the ability of those who wish us harm is greatly curbed. I favor continued military assistance to Israel to enhance and ensure its ability to defend itself, and I oppose efforts to isolate and harass Israel in forums such as the United Nations.
Source: 2018 Massachusetts Senatorial website JohnKingston.com Oct 15, 2017

Allen Waters: Supports Israel and settler movement

I am pro-Israel and strongly condemn the United Nations Security Council vote against Israel's settlement construction in the West Bank. Elizabeth Warren supported the UN Security Vote, and therefore does not stand with our strongest, and perhaps our only real ally in the region.
Source: 2018 Massachusetts Senate campaign website AllenRWaters.com Jul 17, 2017

Bob Massie: Fought apartheid in South Africa

Q: You were so often ahead of the curve when it came to ethical issues--you stormed out of your Princeton eating club because they wouldn't allow women or minorities; you fought apartheid in South Africa. You've always been very interested in race and equality--you got to meet Muhammad Ali and Nelson Mandela. Any other influential meetings?

A: Desmond Tutu. I got to meet him several times. He was actually quite joyful--even when threatened with assassination, nothing crushed his spirit. Once I sat down with him in his office--he was the Archbishop of Cape Town. He put his hands on my head and said a long blessing in Xhosa. When he finished, he sat back down and said, `I know you didn't understand what I said but let me assure you it was a beautiful blessing, and besides, it's the language they speak in heaven.'

Source: Time Magazine on 2018 Massachusetts governor race May 15, 2012

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