Douglas will leverage his military background and legal experience as former senior counsel to key US Senate committees to protect the nation's security interests and reform foreign policy in the wake of the Iran agreement, the so-called "red-line" against Syria using chemical weapons, Russian aggression in Ukraine and the threat of ISIS at home and abroad.
"These times demand a mastery of Senate rules & the subject matter," said Douglas. "They require tenacity to overcome inertia & Senate unwillingness to assert itself in policies defining the nation. If the Senate fails we fail. I aim to prevent that."
On the news of the day--apparent differences between Obama and the Israeli military on whether chemical weapons had been deployed by the Syrian military--O'Malley deferred to the president's judgment. "It's certainly one of the great challenges," he allowed.
Asked whether the American people, weary from a decade of wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, would be ready to engage in another military operation to stop Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, O'Malley avoided specifics. "I believe that the president will make that call," he said, "and the president will have the primary responsibility of making that case to the American people and also to Congress."
How about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? "All of us hope for peace in the Middle East."
A reporter pointed out that on his way into Bethlehem, he would see the controversial separation barrier Israel has erected in the West Bank. O'Malley said he had seen something similar in Northern Ireland. "They call it the peace wall," he noted.
Sobhani said he would focus on bringing foreign investment to Maryland. "The way I believe we grow our economy is, once again, we link our economy, Maryland's economy, to the international economy and we go after specific projects," Sobhani said, noting that he supports seeking funding for cancer research and new homes in Baltimore.
Bongino also was upset over Obama's press secretary's "non-answer" when asked by a reporter recently whether the U.S considers Jerusalem or Tel Aviv the capital of Israel.
"Israel needs to be our number one ally in the Middle East," Bongino said. "I was upset over the president's remarks and disturbed by the recent comments over Jerusalem."
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