Jim Gilmore in Fox News 2015 GOP primary debate

On Abortion: The only litmus test for Supreme Court is to follow the law

Q: For years, presidential candidates have not said they would have a litmus test for justices nominated to the Supreme Court. But Hillary Clinton said she would apply a litmus test on the case of Citizens United. Is it time for conservatives to impose a litmus test on abortion?

GILMORE: I'm a former elected prosecutor, a former elected attorney general, trained at the University of Virginia in constitutional law, and I don't believe in litmus tests except this: I believe we should be appointing Supreme Court justices who will follow the law and not try to make the law. Now, the challenge we're seeing today is that the Supreme Court is being converted into some type of political body. My goal in appointing Supreme Court justices would be to appoint justices who would follow the law. Q: So, no litmus test on abortion?

GILMORE: Not on that, no.

Source: Fox News/Facebook Second Tier debate transcript Aug 6, 2015

On Foreign Policy: I have experience in domestic policy AND foreign policy

Q: You haven't held public office in 13 years. Is it time for new blood?

GILMORE: Because of Obama and Clinton policies, the US is moving further and further into a decline. I want to reverse that decline. That's why I've entered this race, and I think I have the experience to do it. Former elected prosecutor, attorney general, governor, I was elected to all of those offices. A person who, in fact, has a long experience in foreign policy issues. I was an Army intelligence agent and a veteran during the Cold War, assigned to West Germany. I was the chairman of the National Commission on Homeland Security and Terrorism for five years. I dealt extensively with these homeland security issues. I was a governor during the 9/11 attack. I understand both of these issues, how to build the economy and doing that as a governor who'd built jobs, had cut taxes and also a governor who understands foreign policy, and that's why I entered this race.

Source: Fox News/Facebook Second Tier debate transcript Aug 6, 2015

On Homeland Security: There will be further terror attacks; prepare for a long war

Q: The FBI Director says terrorists recruit behind the cyber walls that are built by American companies like Google and Apple. Do you agree?

GILMORE: I chaired the National Commission on Homeland Security Committee for United States. We warned about the 9/11 attack before the 9/11 attack occurred. I was the governor during the 9/11 attack when the Pentagon was struck. And I'm going to tell you this, we need to use the benefit of our law enforcement people across this country, combined with our intelligence people across this country. We need to use our technological advantages, because what we've warned of is an international guerrilla movement that threatens this country. It's going to happen in this country, there are going to be further attacks. We have to be prepared to defend the American people, prepare them for a long war, stand up for the defense of this country, and stand up for the values of this country.

Source: Fox News/Facebook Second Tier debate transcript Aug 6, 2015

On Immigration: Allowing illegal immigration makes contempt for rule of law

Q: What would be your first executive order?

GILMORE: Well, it's not a matter of what the first executive order would be. The matter is what orders exist now that shouldn't exist? The president has done an executive order with respect to illegal immigration that is illegal. And it creates a contempt for the rule of law. If I were president, I would go and look at every executive order that exists right now and determine which ones want to be voided, because the president shouldn't be legislating

Source: Fox News/Facebook Second Tier debate transcript Aug 6, 2015

On Tax Reform: Income tax 25%; business tax 15%; death tax 0%

We're going to do a tax cut for all Americans. We're going to have a three-bracket tax code, 10, 15 and 25 percent. We're going to combine all commercial activity in business into one place in the tax code and charge it 15 percent, which is going to suddenly make us competitive with the rest of the world. And we're going to eliminate the death tax.
Source: Fox News/Facebook Second Tier debate transcript Aug 6, 2015

On War & Peace: Create a Middle East NATO to fight both Iran and ISIL

On the issue of ISIS versus Iran: It is Iran that's the expansionist power. ISIL is trying to create themselves into a new state. Our job has to be to recognize the conflict between the two. I have proposed there be a Middle East NATO so that we can combine our allies there to stand up to Iranian expansion, and at the same time join together to begin to stop and this ISIL thing before it becomes an actual state.
Source: Fox News/Facebook Second Tier debate transcript Aug 6, 2015

On Welfare & Poverty: Grow economy so people have better opportunity than welfare

Q: When cutting back benefits, some people will call you heartless. What will you tell them?

GILMORE: I'll tell them that we're going to grow the economy so that we can give people better opportunities so they don't have to rely exclusively on benefit types of programs. Some do, but many Americans are dying to have an opportunity to grow and to create something inside this economy. [My] specific program: We're going to do a tax cut for all Americans; and we're going to eliminate the death tax. With a couple of additional tweaks, we know what this will do. It will cause the economy to grow, to explode, to create more jobs. And first of all, we've got to recognize that there is problem that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have caused. And that problem is too big regulations like the EPA, too much new taxes on business that we have seen and ObamaCare. These are drags on the economy, it's a deliberate drag. I propose to reverse that and get this economy moving again.

Source: Fox News/Facebook Second Tier debate transcript Aug 6, 2015

The above quotations are from Fox News/Facebook Two-Tier 2015 GOP primary debate
First Tier: Top Ten by polls
Second Tier: Seven other Republicans
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