State of Arizona Archives: on Homeland Security


Martha McSally: End reckless, across the board military cuts

We must also ensure our troops are equipped with the best weaponry, technology, and training available to defend us. The reckless, across the board military cuts, otherwise known as sequestration, are hollowing out our military capability and diminishing capacities that will take years to rebuild. There are ways to gain efficiencies and savings in our defense budget; I know this first-hand from seeing the redundancies, inefficiencies, and waste throughout my time in uniform. We need a strategy-based budget, not a budget-based strategy. Savings should be found in a thoughtful, strategy-driven way, and I am well equipped to lead this effort.

The decisions we make today will be crucial to our security and standing in the world for decades to come. We need Members of Congress with the background and credibility to ensure America is strong and secure, and that is what I will bring.

Source: 2014 Arizona House campaign website, McSallyForCongress.com Nov 4, 2014

Martha McSally: Protect our $1B investment in the A-10 Warthog

I flew the A-10 "Warthog" for 325 hours in combat and commanded the one deployable A-10 Squadron at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. I know first-hand the unique capabilities of the A-10 to save American lives on the ground in harm's way. It can fly low and slow, loiter for a long time, and is incredibly survivable & cheap compared to all other fighter aircraft and aircraft under development. We just invested over $1 billion to upgrade the avionics and rebuild the wings on each aircraft. There is simply currently no other aircraft in the inventory or under development that provides this capability for our troops.

I have been active and engaged in defending the A-10 against elimination since the threat first became known. It took an op-ed from me in August of 2013 to alert Ron Barber of his party's own Administration's plans to axe the A-10.

Source: 2014 Arizona House campaign website, McSallyForCongress.com Nov 4, 2014

Fred DuVal: Incent veterans' businesses in competitive bidding process

Veterans and military families are assets to our economy, and Arizona must maximize their contributions by slashing through bureaucracy and ensuring their skills and experiences are recognized by our education systems and state government. We should also incent the private market to hire those who have served, while encouraging veterans to start their own small businesses by making sure veteran-owned businesses are recognized during the competitive bidding process for Arizona government contracts.
Source: 2014 Arizona gubernatorial campaign website, Fred2014.com Jul 2, 2014

Ruben Gallego: 2009: pushed to overturn military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

After returning from Iraq, I moved to Arizona and quickly became politically active on LGBTQ issues. In 2006, I worked on the campaign against an Arizona ballot initiative that would have amended the Arizona constitution to prohibit the state from recognizing same-sex marriages or civil unions. Our campaign was successful and Arizona became the first state in the nation to defeat a same-sex marriage ban.

I have a long history of working with the Human Rights Campaign, joining HRC and Voices of Honor in 2009 to push the Obama administration to overturn the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." Since being elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2010, I have co-sponsored bills granting Marriage Equality in Arizona and creating a state version of the Employer Nondiscrimination Act. I have a 100% rating from Equality Arizona.

Source: 2014 Arizona House campaign website, GallegoForArizona.com May 31, 2014

Ruben Gallego: Troops in Iraq got inadequate resources

I joined the Marine Corps & served in Iraq with Lima 3/25, a unit that saw one of the highest casualty rates of the war. My unit was so hard hit because Congress had failed to allocate resources for the armored vehicles we needed. We were rolling around Iraq in amphibious assault vehicles that offered no protection to roadside bombs. We knew it and the insurgents knew it, but Congress wasn't doing anything about it.
Source: 2014 Arizona House campaign website, GallegoForArizona.com May 31, 2014

Kelli Ward: Support AZ military bases; base more aircraft in AZ

Dr. Ward is a military wife and has been for over 16 years--she is married to Dr. Michael Ward, a Colonel in the Arizona Air National Guard. This gives her a unique perspective on the needs of not only our military men and women, but also their family support systems who are integral to their success in protecting our country.
Source: 2012 Arizona State Senate campaign website, DrKelliWard.com Nov 1, 2012

Richard Carmona: Remain vigilant about terrorism; it still threatens US

Many challenges remain in the ever changing global environment. Terrorism remains a paramount concern. Although we have defeated Osama bin Laden and severely weakened al Qaeda, terrorists are still out there and still threaten the United States. We must remain vigilant about terrorism and be adept in fighting it in all its incarnations. As we withdraw from Afghanistan and bring an end to an over decade long war, we must ensure that we are not turning the country over to enemy hands.
Source: 2012 Senate campaign website, carmonaforarizona.com Mar 15, 2012

Rick Santorum: There are good earmarks, like Osprey military program

Q: Senator, you have said there are good earmarks and bad earmarks?

SANTORUM: The idea that somehow earmarks during the time that I was in Congress were this thing that drove up spending--as a percentage of GDP, the debt went down. What happened is there was abuse. When abuse happened, I said we should stop the earmarking process. But I did say there were good earmarks and bad earmarks. We wouldn't have the V-22 Osprey, which was the most essential air platform for our Marines in particular in the war against the radical Islamists. We wouldn't have it if it wasn't for an earmark. That program would have been killed. Dick Cheney and the Defense Department wanted to kill that program, and many of us, including myself, stood up and made sure that was there. Congress has a role to play when it comes to appropriating money, and sometimes the president and the administration don't get it right. I do believe there was abuse, and I said we should stop it, and as president I would oppose earmarks.

Source: CNN's 2012 GOP Debate on eve of Arizona Primary Feb 22, 2012

Jan Brewer: Name Arizona as training site for F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

We should do everything we can to see that Arizona is named a training site for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. At Luke Air Force Base; at the Air National Guard's 162nd Fighter Wing in Tucson; and at the Marine Air Corps Station in Yuma.

As a child raised on a military base --I have a special affection for those who serve in the armed forces. Every one of Arizona's military bases is critical to our national defense --and to our state and local economies.

Source: Arizona 2010 State of the State Address Jan 11, 2010

Rudy Garcia: Demilitarize by stopping nukes & reducing bases

To understand what Rudy Garcia is about, these are the issues that are of priority to him:
Source: 2008 Senate campaign website, www.arizonaonthemove.com Nov 13, 2008

Janet Napolitano: Emergency calling system for health and safety information

For 2004 we will continue work on a statewide 211 system, a phone number similar to the 911 system that residents will be able to dial for critical health and safety information in times of emergency. A comprehensive homeland security plan for authorities, combined with a 211 system to help citizens, is forming a web of readiness that is making Arizona a stand-out state for emergency preparedness.
Source: 2004 State of the State speech to Arizona Legislature Jan 12, 2004

Steve Forbes: Haiti & Somalia interventions were mistakes

Q: What troops would you bring home from what countries? A: They didnít have to send in troops to Haiti. We tried that from 1915-34. It didnít work then. It didnít work today. In Somalia it was one thing to get the food on the ground, quite another to play social workers and try to re-make that benighted country. That was a mistake. We do have very real interests in the world. But throwing our forces around [without] an exit strategy and not building up the military is a policy of disaster.
Source: Phoenix Arizona GOP Debate Dec 7, 1999

Alan Keyes: Keep some forces abroad, but avoid globalism

We obviously are a global power, we have interests all over the world. And I think that in many regions of the world, we do have forces deployed where their deployment makes a definite contribution to regional peace and stability and to the defense of our own interests. I wouldnít suggest that we withdraw forces from Korea or from Europe or elsewhere, where I think that they do serve a useful purpose in both maintaining our presence and defending our interests. On the other hand, I think our principle ought to be very clear. It ought to be that when we are using those forces, deploying them, it serves our interests, not some abstract agenda of globalism, global sovereignty, global left-wing interventionism.
Source: Arizona Republican Primary Debate Nov 21, 1999

Alan Keyes: Defend human rights & self-govt within national interests

A Keyes administration would be based on an understanding that we serve the national interests of our people. Part of that interest is our leadership in the world, it is our defense of human rights around the world, it is our maintenance and sustenance of peopleís commitment to self-government around the world. But it ought to be a clear commitment to our national interest first, not to globalism and internationalism.
Source: Arizona Republican Primary Debate Nov 21, 1999

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