State of South Carolina secondary Archives: on Foreign Policy


Thomas Dixon: Lead by example and be a good actor

Foreign Policy: America needs to assert itself in the world as a leader, but with leadership comes the responsibility to lead by example and be a good actor.
Source: 2016 South Carolina Senate campaign website DixonForSC.com Aug 8, 2016

Hillary Clinton: Post-Gadhafi Libya replaced dictator with democracy

Q: You are for a regime change in Syria. But as we have learned in Libya, getting rid of longtime dictators can lead to problems?.

CLINTON: Libya is a little different [than Syria]. Libya actually held elections. They elected moderates. They have tried to piece together a government against a lot of really serious challenges internally coming from the outside with terrorist groups and other bad actors. Let's remember what was going on at the time. This was at the height of the Arab spring. The people in Libya were expressing themselves, were demanding their freedom, and Gadhafi responded brutally. Now, they had an election, and it was a fair election, it met international standards. That was an amazing accomplishment for a nation that had been so deprived for so long. This doesn't happen overnight. And, yes, it's been a couple of years. I think it's worth European support, Arab support, American support to try to help the Libyan people realize the dream that they had when they went after Gadhafi.

Source: 2016 CNN Town Hall on eve of South Carolina primary Feb 23, 2016

Donald Trump: Figure out who our allies are

Q: What three questions do you ask your national security experts?

TRUMP: What we want to do, when we want to do it, and how hard do we want to hit? We are going to have to hit hard to knock out ISIS. We're going to have to learn who our allies are. We have allies, we have no idea who they are in Syria. Do we want to stay that route, or do we want to go and make something with Russia?

Source: 2016 CBS Republican primary debate in South Carolina Feb 13, 2016

Donald Trump: Iran deal is one of the worst I've ever seen

Sen. Ted CRUZ: If you look at the threats facing this country, the single gravest threat, national security threat, is the threat of a nuclear Iran. That's why I've pledged on day one to rip to shreds this Iranian nuclear deal.

TRUMP: The Iran deal is one of the worst deals I have ever seen negotiated in my entire life. It's a disgrace that this country negotiated that deal.

Source: 2016 CBS Republican primary debate in South Carolina Feb 13, 2016

Jeb Bush: Russia's Putin is not an ally of the US & everyone knows it

Q [to Gov. Kasich]: Russia is being credited with bombing U.S.-backed rebels on behalf of Assad in Syria. They've moved into eastern Ukraine. You've said you want to punch them in the nose. What are you going to do?

KASICH: First of all -- yes. We have to make it clear to Russia what we expect. We don't have to declare an enemy or threaten, but we need to make clear what we expect. Number one is we will arm the folks in Ukraine who are fighting for their freedom. Secondly, an attack on NATO is an attack on us.

TRUMP: We're going to have to learn who our allies are [against ISIS]. We have allies, we have no idea who they are in Syria. Do we want to stay that route, or do we want to go and make something with Russia?

BUSH: The very basic fact is that Vladimir Putin is not going to be an ally of the United States. The whole world knows this. It's a simple basic fact.

Source: 2016 CBS Republican primary debate in South Carolina Feb 13, 2016

John Kasich: US should not be world's police in places like Iraq

Dr. Ben CARSON: I was not particularly in favor of us going to war in Iraq, primarily because I have studied the Middle East, recognizing that those are nations that are ruled by dictators and have been for thousands of years. When you remove one of those dictators, unless you have an appropriate plan for replacing them, you're going to have chaos.

Sen. Marco RUBIO: Saddam Hussein was in violation of U.N. resolutions, in open violation, and the world wouldn't do anything about it, and George W. Bush enforced what the international community refused to do.

KASICH: I don't believe the United States should involve itself in civil wars. Civil wars are not in our direct are interest. The fact is, is that we should go to war when it is our direct interest. We should not be policemen of the world, but when we go, we mean business. We'll do our job. We'll tell our soldiers, our people in the service, take care of your job and then come home once we've accomplished our goals.

Source: 2016 CBS Republican primary debate in South Carolina Feb 13, 2016

Marco Rubio: Three main threats: Asia-Pacific, Middle East, and Russia

Q: What three questions do you ask your national security experts?

TRUMP: What we want to do, when we want to do it, and how hard do we want to hit? We are going to have to hit hard to knock out ISIS. We're going to have to learn who our allies are. We have allies, we have no idea who they are in Syria. Do we want to stay that route, or do we want to go and make something with Russia? But very important, who are we fighting with? Who are we fighting for? What are we doing?

RUBIO: There are three major threats. No. 1 is, what are we doing in the Asia-Pacific region, where North Korea and China pose threats to national security. No. 2 is, what are we doing in the Middle East with the combination of the Sunni-Shia conflict driven by the Shia arc that Iran is now trying to establish in the Middle East, also the growing threat of ISIS. The third is rebuilding NATO, particularly in Central and Eastern Europe, where Vladimir Putin is threatening the territory of multiple countries.

Source: 2016 CBS Republican primary debate in South Carolina Feb 13, 2016

Marco Rubio: I voted against the president's inadequate Syria strategy

In 2014, Barack Obama said he would not take military action against Assad unless it was authorized by the Senate. I saw the images of children who were gassed by their own leaders and we were angry. Something had to happen. Then I looked at Barack Obama's plan, and I concluded that his plan would allow Assad to stand up to the US, survive a strike and stay in power. I voted against Barack Obama's plan to use force.
Source: 2016 CBS Republican primary debate in South Carolina Feb 13, 2016

Brad Hutto: Focus on state's needs, not foreign conflicts

Hutto said he would not, like Graham, focus on foreign conflicts, Instead, he said he would focus on job creation and the state's infrastructure needs.

"I grew up on a dairy farm in Orangeburg County. On that farm, I learned the value of hard work, family and community. I know how great the people of South Carolina really are," Hutto said. "It would be nice if Lindsey Graham would leave Washington and come home long enough to meet them. Maybe he'll have time for that after we win in November."

Source: The State magazine on 2014 South Carolina Senate race Jun 11, 2014

Brad Hutto: We should not act as the world's policeman

Hutto took the fight to incumbent Lindsey Graham: "Rather than appearing on the Sunday talk shows and manufacturing stunts to make the national news, I believe the people back home should be the highest priority for a Senator," Hutto said. "I'll stand up to the party bosses and special interest groups that control Washington politicians like Lindsey Graham. I'll be an independent fighter for South Carolina."

Hutto said that Graham spends too much time in the Washington D.C. bubble and not enough time working for his home state. "He cares more about foreign affairs than about South Carolina. We all see him on talk shows every Sunday pretending to be the junior Secretary of State. He's always talking about anything but us."

Hutto said that Graham's firm belief that the US should act as the world's policeman is wrong. "It's time for our allies abroad to take more responsibility for their own security," he said. Instead, Hutto said he would focus on job creation, public education, and infrastructure.

Source: 2014 South Carolina Senate campaign website, BradHutto.com Jun 10, 2014

Thomas Ravenel: Opposed to foreign interventions

Ravenel has consistently described himself as a fiscally conservative and socially moderate libertarian. He's an acolyte of Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.): against ObamaCare, opposed to foreign interventions, but pro-gay marriage and in favor of ending the war on drugs. "The government should be limited, small, and should stay out of both the bedrooms and our boardrooms," he says in one episode.
Source: Mother Jones magazine on 2014 South Carolina Senate race May 12, 2014

Lee Bright: Remove Russia from G-8 over Ukraine invasion

[In response to Russian actions in Ukraine], Sen. Lindsey Graham said the US should help Poland and the Czech Republic, and support Georgia's bid to become a member of NATO. I would like to create a democratic noose around Putin's Russia," said Graham.

Nancy Mace Russia should be removed immediately from the G-8, and the U.S. "must also be prepared to go further by placing sanctions on Russia. If Russia wants to bully its neighbors, they cannot be treated as a legitimate player on the international stage," said Mace.

Obama warned of "costs" if Russia moved into Ukraine, calling Putin's actions a "clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity."

Source: Greenville News on 2014 South Carolina Senate race Mar 3, 2014

Lindsey Graham: Create a democratic noose around Putin's Russia

Graham called for action instead of words Sunday in response to Russian armed forces on Ukraine's Crimean peninsula. "Obama needs to do something. How about this? Suspend Russia's membership in the G-8 and the G-20 at least for a year, starting right now, and every day they stay in Crimea adds to the suspension," Graham said on CNN's "State of the Union." Graham stopped well short of advocating a military response.

No one knows for sure how much Russian President Vladimir Putin cares about what the US says or does regarding troops in Ukraine, but Putin "does care about missile defense systems in Poland and the Czech Republic," Graham said. Putin "very much cares about democracies on his borders," Graham said, and the US should increase that concern by helping Poland and the Czech Republic, and support Georgia's bid to become a member of NATO. I would like to create a democratic noose around Putin's Russia," said Graham.

Source: Greenville News on 2014 South Carolina Senate race Mar 3, 2014

Jay Stamper: Trillions on foreign engagements isn't fiscal conservatism

Jay Stamper is plotting his campaign as a Democratic candidate in a Republican stronghold. "I'm going to challenge Republicans on what kind of conservative values they are voting for," Stamper said.

During a lunch with Spartanburg County Democrats, Stamper attacked Sen. Lindsey Graham's loyalty to conservative principles and said spending trillions of dollars on foreign engagements isn't fiscal conservatism, limiting abortion and marriage isn't limited government conservatism, and supporting the National Security Administration's data collection isn't constitutional conservatism.

"I will settle for their grudging and reluctant support," Stamper said of Republicans and independents he hopes to sway.

Source: Spartanburg Herald-Journal: 2014 South Carolina Senate race Jan 13, 2014

Nancy Mace: No foreign aid to Egypt & countries who are our enemies

Nancy Mace made a clear statement in reference to the challenges in Egypt and the broader Middle East today. "I would not vote to send one penny of foreign aid to countries like Egypt who are then turning around and using our arms and our aid to kill civilians," stated Mace. "I want to ask South Carolinians what message are we sending to others when we allow our senior senator to support this effort? It is clear, US foreign policy is adrift and morally bankrupt under our current leadership in Washington.

"Our enemies are emboldened and we are not supporting our allies in the world by bankrolling corrupt governments in countries that hate our culture, burn our flag and train terrorists to kill Americans and our allies.

"Sen. Graham has stood side by side with our president to support a failed foreign policy. The American people want to know why we continue to send foreign aid to countries who prove time and time again that they cannot be trusted. It's wrong."

Source: 2014 South Carolina Senate campaign website, NancyMace.org Aug 16, 2013

Jon Huntsman: 80 million bloggers in China will take China down

Romney: The US should go before the WTO and bring an action against China as a currency manipulator. People say, "Well, you'll start a trade war." There's one going on right now, folks. They're stealing our jobs. And we're going to stand up to China.

Huntsman: I've tried to figure this out for 30 years of my career. First of all, I don't think, Mitt, you can take China to the WTO on currency-related issues. Second, I don't know that this country needs a trade war with China. Who does it hurt? Our small businesses in South Carolina; our exporters; our agriculture producers. We don't need that at a time when China is about to embark on a generational position. So what should we be doing? We should be reaching out to our allies & constituencies within China. They're called the young people. They're called the internet generation. There are 500 million internet users in China. And 80 million bloggers. And they are bringing about change, the likes of which is going to take China down.

Source: 2011 debate in South Carolina on Foreign Policy Nov 12, 2011

Rick Perry: China will end up on the ash heap of history, like USSR

There are some people who have made the statement that the 21st century is going to be the century of China and that, you know, we've had our time in the sunshine. I don't believe that. I don't believe that at all. As a matter of fact, you think back to the 1980s and we faced a similar type of a situation with Russia . And Ronald Reagan said that Russia would end up on the ash heap of history. And he was right. I happen to think that the communist Chinese government will end up on the ash heap of history if they do not change their virtues. It is important for a country to have virtues, virtues of honest.
Source: 2011 debate in South Carolina on Foreign Policy Nov 12, 2011

Tim Pawlenty: Never subordinate US decisions to UN, as Obama did in Libya

Q: You faulted Obama for saying US policy is to depose Libyan dictator Gadhafi, but failing to send Special Forces to do the job.

A: In Libya, Obama made a decision to subordinate our decision-making to the United Nations. I don't agree with that. If he says Gadhafi must go he needs to maintain the options to make Gadhafi go and he didn't do that.

Q: Wouldn't your policy result in either chaos or prolonged US involvement?

A: Gadhafi is someone who has American blood on his hands. I called for the establishment or at least the threat of the no-fly zone one of the first national voices to do so on March 7th. Obama waited for the United Nations to pass a resolution. Then he made the mistake of saying, by the way, American policy is to make Gadhafi go. Now he has his hands tied by the United Nations, subordinated our decision-making options to that pathetic organization in many respects. I would never put the United States in that position. If the president says Gadhafi must go, he must go.

Source: 2011 GOP primary debate in South Carolina May 5, 2011

Barack Obama: Europe & Japan are allies, but China is a competitor

Q: What are America’s three most important allies around the world?

A: The European Union as a whole has been a long-standing ally of ours, and through NATO we’ve been able to make some significant progress. We also have to look east, because increasingly, the center of gravity in this world is shifting to Asia. Japan has been an outstanding ally of ours for many years. But, obviously, China is rising and it’s not going away. They’re neither our enemy nor our friend. They’re competitors.

Source: 2007 South Carolina Democratic primary debate, on MSNBC Apr 26, 2007

Barack Obama: Palestinian people suffer-but from not recognizing Israel

Q: You said recently, “No one is suffering more than the Palestinian people.” Do you stand by that remark?

A: Well, keep in mind what the remark actually, if you had the whole thing, said. And what I said is nobody has suffered more than the Palestinian people from the failure of the Palestinian leadership to recognize Israel, to renounce violence, and to get serious about negotiating peace and security for the region. Israel is the linchpin of much of our efforts in the Middle East.

Source: 2007 South Carolina Democratic primary debate, on MSNBC Apr 26, 2007

Barack Obama: FactCheck: Palestinian suffering from stalled peace effort

Obama defended his remark that “nobody is suffering more than the Palestinian people,” a statement attacked by some pro-Israel activists. His version differed in tone if not in substance from the way it was originally reported, however. Obama claimed in the debate that he meant “the Palestinian people from the failure of the Palestinian leadership to recognize , to renounce violence, and to get serious about negotiating peace and security for the region.” That’s somewhat different from the way Obama was quoted March 12. As reported, Obama attributed Palestinian suffering to “the stalled peace efforts with Israel” and not so narrowly to failures by Palestinian leadership only. However, the Des Moines Register also reported that Obama praised Israel as an important US ally and urged the Palestinian government to recognize Israel and renounce terrorism. So far as we can tell, the Register had the only reporter present at the event and no full transcript exists.
Source: FactCheck on 2007 South Carolina Democratic debate Apr 26, 2007

Bill Richardson: Strategic interests in Russia: loose nukes & Chechnya

Q: How would you do things differently with Russia?

A: I would assess what our strategic interests are. What would I want from Russia?

  1. I want them to control some of the loose nuclear weapons in their domain.
  2. I’d want them to be more humane in dealing with Chechnya.
  3. I’d want them to be a stable source of energy for this country.
  4. I would want them to promote more democracy in their own nation.
Source: 2007 South Carolina Democratic primary debate, on MSNBC Apr 26, 2007

Bill Richardson: Being stubborn isn’t a foreign policy--diplomacy is

This president characterizes this--being stubborn isn’t a foreign policy. And power without diplomacy is blank. I would focus my presidency on dealing with the real threats to America. International terrorism, nuclear proliferation. I’ve dealt directly with North Korea, & made the situation better. I would deal with issues like Darfur. Why is it that America does not care about Africa, about genocide, about issues relating to enormous amount of deaths that are brought forth by international poverty?
Source: 2007 South Carolina Democratic primary debate, on MSNBC Apr 26, 2007

Bill Richardson: Re-evaluate embargo for post-Castro Cuba

Q: How do you feel about normalizing relations with Castro’s Cuba?

A: We need to find ways to deal with a post-Castro Cuba. I would bring Cuban-Americans into the dialogue. I would change the Bush administration policy which is limiting family visits, which is limiting remittances from Cubans. We should be re-evaluating the embargo. Also finding ways that we ensure that Cuba becomes democratic, with trade unionism, with free elections. And we should be engaged in a policy right now.

Source: 2007 South Carolina Democratic primary debate, on MSNBC Apr 26, 2007

Joe Biden: Biggest threat to US is from North Korea, Iran, & Russia

Q: What three nations, other than Iraq, represent, to you, the biggest threat to the United States?

A: The biggest threat to the US is, right now, North Korea. Iran not as big a threat, but a long-term threat. And quite frankly, the tendency of Putin to move in a totalitarian direction, which would unhinge all that’s going on positively in Europe.

Source: 2007 South Carolina Democratic primary debate, on MSNBC Apr 26, 2007

John Edwards: Russia has moved from democracy to autocracy

Q: Do you regard Russia as a friend or a foe?

A: What’s happened in Russia is they’ve moved from being a democracy under Yeltsin to being a complete autocracy under Putin. The government has been centralized. Any kind of democratic effort, any opposition party, any opposition voice has been squashed.

Source: 2007 South Carolina Democratic primary debate, on MSNBC Apr 26, 2007

John Edwards: Lead international effort on economic development

I think the question we should be asking ourselves is how does America change the underlying dynamic of what’s happening in the world? We need to maintain our strength, military, economic, political. But how do we ultimately change what’s happening, the threats that America faces?

For that to occur, the world has to see America as a force for good again, which is why I talked about leading an effort to make primary school education available to 100 million children in the world who don’t have it, in the Muslim world, in Africa, in Latin America.

Leading an international effort on sanitation, clean drinking water, economic development using microfinance as a tool. I mean, here’s a way that America could actually demonstrate its commitment to humanity, which I think is critical for our leadership.

Source: 2007 South Carolina Democratic primary debate, on MSNBC Apr 26, 2007

Mike Gravel: US has no important enemies, so treat world as equals

Q: What three nations, other than Iraq, represent, to you, the biggest threat to the US?

A: We have no important enemies. What we need to do is to begin to deal with the rest of the world as equals. And we don’t do that. We spend more as a nation on defense than all the rest of the world put together. Who are we afraid of? Iraq has never been a threat to us. We invaded them. The military industrial complex not only controls our government, lock, stock and barrel, but they control our culture.

Source: 2007 South Carolina Democratic primary debate, on MSNBC Apr 26, 2007

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