State of Ohio Archives: on Homeland Security


Mike Gibbons: Expand the military

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Expand the military"?

A: Strongly Support

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Ohio Senate candidate Apr 24, 2018

Mike Gibbons: Must have the best weapons

The first priority of the United States military is to protect the United States of America, period. Our allies need to be able to trust us, and our enemies need to fear us.That means we must continue to make sure that we have the best-equipped, best-trained military in the world. We must continue to invest in high-tech weapons systems to make sure our men and women in uniform have the tools they need to win any battle.
Source: 2018 Ohio Senatorial website GibbonsForOhio.com Oct 15, 2017

Joe Schiavoni: Against military transgender ban

The gay pride parade comes in light of President Donald Trump's call for a ban preventing transgender people from serving in the military. Schiavoni has been to several pride parades. "I think it's pretty ridiculous. If people want to serve our country I don't care what gender they are. If they want to serve, and they're able to serve then that should be the bottom line," said Schiavoni.
Source: WFMJ on 2018 Ohio Gubernatorial race Jul 29, 2017

Connie Pillich: Advocate for veterans, financially and community

As a State Representative, Connie worked with Democrats and Republicans in support of military service members by introducing bipartisan legislation to connect veterans to their benefits, help military families meet the financial challenges of military transfers, and help veterans and their families get back to work.

Connie continues to advocate for veterans and the military community and serves on the boards of the Truman National Security Project, Vote Vets, and the Resurrecting Lives Foundation

Source: 2018 Ohio gubernatorial campaign website ConniePillich.com May 2, 2017

Jim Renacci: Ensure Armed Forces have resources they need; end sequester

One of my most important responsibilities is to ensure that our Armed Forces have the resources they need in order to protect our national security, both at home and abroad. That is why I have consistently supported policies that provide our military with the right tools during active duty and the benefits they deserve as veterans for their commitment and service to our great nation.

In an increasingly dangerous world, it is critical that we do not let a difficult fiscal environment threaten our ability to keep the American people safe. The President's sequester threatens our national security as it drastically reduces defense spending while ignoring the primary drivers of our debt. This is why in May and Dec. 2012, I voted in support of legislation that would have provided specific, planned spending reductions in order to replace the across the board sequester cuts for one year. As we evaluate proposals to reduce our debt, we must ensure that we do not cut core defense needs.

Source: 2018 Ohio gubernatorial campaign website renacci.house.gov May 2, 2017

Sherrod Brown: Screen returning veterans for PTSD, and offer entitlements

Q: After war, many veterans struggle upon re-entering society as they deal with injuries, homelessness and post-traumatic stress disorder. What are you and the U.S. Senate specifically doing to combat this?

SB: The Department of Defense and the VA knows veterans are returning home the moment they get home. One of the things we have done is better connect the two so they're talking to each other. We also want the VA to get the men and women coming home from overseas screened and tested for head injuries or potential post-traumatic stress disorder. We're also working to ensure veterans receive the reimbursements they're entitled to and have better care.

Q: What can the average American do to support veterans returning back to the U.S.?

SB: A lot of politicians vote to fund wars, but they're not willing to support veterans. The more people in Sandusky, Monroeville, Bellevue and Huron that speak out and support our veterans, the better Congress will respond.

Source: Sandusky Register on 2018 Ohio Senate race Jan 1, 2017

Warren Davidson: Equip our military for victory, and fix the VA

We need leaders in Congress who can hold the administration accountable for effectively waging the wars we declare and equipping our military for victory. On national security, Warren will lead! Let's keep our nation safe, give our soldiers what they need, and defeat ISIS.

Warren will hold Congress' feet to the fire by insisting that they have the same healthcare as the Veterans Administration (VA). The federal government can't manage healthcare for 3 million veterans, and they want to inflict their solution on 300 million citizens. By letting Congress experience the inadequacies of the VA, we will not only fix the VA, but also gain consensus on solutions that work.

Source: 2016 Ohio House campaign website DavidsonForCongress.com Oct 9, 2016

Josh Mandel: AdWatch: served as Marine in Iraq; grandson of a soldier

Mandel last week aired a positive ad for the first time. Highlighting his military experience, the spot shows the 34-year-old Mandel, an Iraq War veteran, tying the laces on his Marine Corps boots, meeting with constituents and giving a speech. "Marine veteran Josh Mandel knows America's strength begins with the middle class," the narrator says. "Grandson of a soldier and a blue-collar laborer, Josh Mandel served two tours in Iraq, and came home to protect our tax dollars."

The Mandel campaign fired back at his opponent's Sherrod Brown's ad spot [criticizing Mandel's Treasury hiring practices as nepotistic]. The campaign also used Brown's ad in a fundraising pitch. "We'll take every dollar that we raise and use it to fund Josh's positive message of service to country and community," wrote Mandel's Campaign Manager in an email to supporters.

Source: RealClearPolitics' 2012 Ohio Senate ad review Apr 27, 2012

Lee Fisher: Let anyone serve who is willing; end don't-ask-don't-tell

On Don't ask, don't tell, Portman says it should be up to the military to decide whether to repeal the policy on gays in the military. Fisher said if someone is willing to serve and risk their lives, Americans should thank them regardless of their religion, race or sexual orientation.
Source: Dayton Daily News coverage of 2010 Ohio Senate debate Oct 13, 2010

Rob Portman: Let the military decide on don't-ask-don't-tell

On Don't ask, don't tell, Portman says it should be up to the military to decide whether to repeal the policy on gays in the military. Fisher said if someone is willing to serve and risk their lives, Americans should thank them regardless of their religion, race or sexual orientation.
Source: Dayton Daily News coverage of 2010 Ohio Senate debate Oct 13, 2010

Eric Deaton: More spending on military R&D and hardware

Source: Ohio Congressional 2010 Political Courage Test Aug 11, 2010

Lee Fisher: If you serve your country, your country must serve you

I believe that if you serve your country, your country must serve you. That's the promise our country must keep to the men and women who enlist, who fight, and sacrifice for our great nation. I believe the federal government has a moral obligation to live up to its commitments to the men and women who serve in our military. That is why I will be a staunch advocate for these brave men and women in the U.S. Senate.
Source: 2010 Senate campaign website, fisherforohio.com, "Issues" Dec 25, 2009

Mike DeWine: Brown voted 10 times to cut intelligence spending

DEWINE: Brown voted 10 separate times to cut our intelligence spending.

BROWN: You know better than making charges like that, that are just unsubstantiated.

DEWINE: The roll call was there.

BROWN: I ultimately voted every time for those intelligence budgets. And he knows that.

DEWINE: The majority of times of those 10 times where Sherrod Brown voted to cut our intelligence spending, he was the minority even of his own party.

Source: 2006 Ohio Senate Debate on NBC Meet the Press Oct 1, 2006

Mike DeWine: I donít have confidence in Rumsfeld

Q: Looking back at the war, should President Bush have replaced the Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld?

DeWINE: Iíve already said I donít have confidence in Rumsfeld.Heís made major mistakes in this war. Thereís absolutely no doubt about it. The decision to put Rumsfeld in was made by the president, and thatís his decision to keep. I was not elected president of the United States, the president was. Thatís why we have elections.

Q: Would you urge the president to replace him?

DeWINE: By saying I donít have confidence, it makes it pretty clear what I think.

Q: That youíre urging the president?

DeWINE: I donít think that heís done a good job.

Q: Who would you put in there?

DeWINE: Iím not going to the point of specula

Source: 2006 Ohio Senate Debate on NBC Meet the Press Oct 1, 2006

Sherrod Brown: Voted every time in favor of final intelligence budgets

DEWINE: Brown voted 10 separate times to cut our intelligence spending.

BROWN: You know better than making charges like that, that are just unsubstantiated.

DEWINE: The roll call was there.

BROWN: I ultimately voted every time for those intelligence budgets. And he knows that.

DEWINE: The majority of times of those 10 times where Sherrod Brown voted to cut our intelligence spending, he was the minority even of his own party.

Source: 2006 Ohio Senate Debate on NBC Meet the Press [X-ref DeWine] Oct 1, 2006

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