State of Arizona Archives: on Foreign Policy


Jeff Flake: Push to end the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba

He is pro-life, opposes same-sex marriage, but backed the repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on gay service members. He also has long pushed to end the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba. Flake sits on the powerful Appropriations Committee, and has stumped for fellow Republican (and fellow Mormon) Mitt Romney.
Source: The Sahuarita Sun on 2012 Arizona Senate debates May 29, 2012

George W. Bush: Kerry wants a global test while I will be resolute

BUSH: In our first debate Kerry proposed America pass a global test. In order to defend ourselves, weíd have to get international approval. Thatís one of the major differences we have about defending our country. Iíll work with allies. Iíll work with friends. Weíll continue to build strong coalitions. But I will never turn over our national- security decisions to leaders of other countries. Weíll be resolute, weíll be strong, and weíll wage a comprehensive war against the terrorists.

KERRY: I have never suggested a test where we turn over our security to any nation. In fact, Iíve said the opposite: I will never turn the security of the US over to any nation. No nation will ever have a veto over us. But I think it makes sense that we ought to pass a sort of truth standard. Thatís how you gain legitimacy with your own people, and thatís how you gain legitimacy in the world. But Iíll never fail to protect the United States of America.

Source: Third Bush-Kerry Debate, in Tempe Arizona Oct 13, 2004

John Kerry: No nation will ever have a veto over us

BUSH: In our first debate Kerry proposed America pass a global test. In order to defend ourselves, weíd have to get international approval. Thatís one of the major differences we have about defending our country. Iíll work with allies. Iíll work with friends. Weíll continue to build strong coalitions. But I will never turn over our national- security decisions to leaders of other countries. Weíll be resolute, weíll be strong, and weíll wage a comprehensive war against the terrorists.

KERRY: I have never suggested a test where we turn over our security to any nation. In fact, Iíve said the opposite: I will never turn the security of the US over to any nation. No nation will ever have a veto over us. But I think it makes sense that we ought to pass a sort of truth standard. Thatís how you gain legitimacy with your own people, and thatís how you gain legitimacy in the world. But Iíll never fail to protect the United States of America.

Source: [Xref Bush] Third Bush-Kerry Debate, in Tempe Arizona Oct 13, 2004

George W. Bush: Chinaís taste of freedom encourages capitalismís growth

BAUER [to Bush]: We would never make the argument [that we should work with China] if we were talking about Nazi Germany. Is there no atrocity that you can think of, the labor camps doubling in their slave labor, a bigger crackdown, more priests disappearing in the middle of the night, is there anything that would tell you to put trade on the back burner?

BUSH: Gary, I agree with you that forced abortion is abhorrent. And I agree with you when leaders try to snuff out religion. But I think if we turn our back on China and isolate China things will get worse. Imagine if the Internet took hold in China. Imagine how freedom would spread. Our greatest export to the world has been, is and always will be the incredible freedom we understand in America. And thatís why itís important for us to trade with China to encourage the growth of an entrepreneurial class. It gets that taste of freedom. It gets that breath of freedom in the marketplace.

Source: (cross-ref. from Bauer) Phoenix Arizona GOP Debate Dec 7, 1999

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