CNN/Salem GOP Debate: on Foreign Policy


Ben Carson: Use economic power to keep North Korea & Russia contained

Carly FIORINA [to Carson]: North Korea's Kim Jong-Un is a dangerous leader. And both Republican and Democrat administrations have been completely ineffective in dealing with him. So we must continue to isolate him. We will need China as part of that strategy.

CARSON: I definitely believe that he is unstable, and I do, in fact, believe that China has a lot more influence with him than we do. But we also recognize that North Korea is in severe financial straits, and they have decided to use their resources to build their military, rather than to feed their people and to take care of various humanitarian responsibilities. We can capitalize upon that. We should use our economic power in lots of different ways. I think we can use that in order to keep Putin contained, because he is a one-horse show: energy. And we have an abundance of energy. [We can use that to] put him back in his little box where he belongs. So economic power works just as well as military power, perhaps even better.

Source: 2015 CNN/Salem Republican two-tier debate Dec 15, 2015

Carly Fiorina: Push back against China on trade routes & South China Sea

China is a rising adversary. So one of the things we have to do if we want China's support is to push back on China. They, too, recognize one thing--strength and their own economic interest.

I have done business in China for 25 years, so I know that in order to get China to cooperate with us, we must first actually retaliate against their cyber-attacks so they know we're serious. We have to push back on their desire to control the trade route through the South China Sea through which flows $5 trillion worth of goods and services every year.

We cannot let them control the disputed islands, and we must work with the Australians, the South Koreans, the Japanese and the Filipinos to contain China. And then we must ask for their support and their help with North Korea. Because believe it or not, China is as concerned about Kim Jong-Un as we are.

Source: 2015 CNN/Salem Republican two-tier debate Dec 15, 2015

Carly Fiorina: Get China to help isolate North Korea's Kin Jung Un

Q: Candidates here have called the North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un a maniac who is mentally unstable. Last week he said he now has a hydrogen bomb. What would you do about Kim Jong-Un?

FIORINA: Well, first, Kim Jong-Un is a dangerous leader, without a doubt. And both Republican and Democrat administrations have been completely ineffective in dealing with him. So we must continue to isolate him. We will need China as part of that strategy.

Source: 2015 CNN/Salem Republican two-tier debate Dec 15, 2015

Rick Santorum: Enemy is a theocracy; so understand their ideology

I'm committed to whatever is necessary to understanding the enemy. The enemy is a theocracy and their allure is their theocracy. It's their doctrine and so we have to understand that doctrine. That's why, I love the fact that people are angry and outraged in Washington and want someone new and fresh. But we need someone who understands and has knowledge and experience in these areas.
Source: 2015 CNN/Salem Republican second-tier debate Dec 15, 2015

  • The above quotations are from CNN/Salem Republican Debate
    at The Venetian in Las Vegas
    Moderated by Wolf Blitzer.
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