State of Nebraska Archives: on Homeland Security


Ben Sasse: Spend to maintain the greatest fighting force the world

The primary role of the Federal Government is to protect our citizens from enemies foreign and domestic. The United States should continue to maintain the greatest fighting force the world has ever seen. Federal spending should reflect these priorities.
Source: 2014 Senate campaign website, www.SasseForNebraska.com Mar 18, 2014

Shane Osborn: Reducing size of military makes us look weak

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has taken his message of shrinking military forces to the people. His plan to cut billions in spending, and reduce the military to its smallest size since World War II is drawing harsh criticism from some.

News 5 spoke with Republican candidate for US Senate candidate Shane Osborn about the cuts. The veteran said he has major concerns. "It's making us look weak and it puts our men and women in uniform in danger. It puts our allies in danger. There's waste in all aspects of government including defense. That support echelon, things that could be outsourced, they're attacking our war fighters. We keep re-deploying our men and women, they're worn out, and now to cut back to pre-WWII levels is dangerous," said Osborn.

Source: KHAS TV-5 on 2014 Nebraska Senate race Mar 10, 2014

Dave Heineman: Our military personnel work to preserve our freedom

I want to recognize our military personnel and our veterans who work to preserve our freedom and our liberty. I am very proud of our veterans and the men and women serving in the Nebraska National Guard, the Reserves and our active duty forces. For their families and all Nebraska families, let's continue our hard work to make Nebraska an even better place to live, to work and to raise a family.
Source: 2014 State of the State Address to Nebraska legislature Jan 15, 2014

Ben Sasse: Global preeminence essential our nation's interests

The first duty of the U.S. government is to protect its citizens from enemies foreign and domestic. What does this mean? Source: 2014 Senate campaign website, SasseForNebraska.com, "Issues" Nov 14, 2013

Shane Osborn: Hawkish on defense, but measured response

Osborn said he would be an advocate for a strong national defense. "But, as a veteran, I would be very hesitant to go to war unless we absolutely have to," he said.

"While I will be hawkish on defense, I believe we need to take a very measured approach before we would push Americans into harm's way."

Source: Lincoln Journal Star on 2014 Nebraska Senate race Jul 10, 2013

Mike Johanns: Negotiating with rogue nations squanders American prestige

“We need to scale down the dialog of anger toward the rest of the world. I think that the invasion of Iraq was based on false premises,” Larrick declared.

“We have tremendous potential to actually use diplomacy in ways even Ronald Reagan used that we have forgotten now, and the current administration has forgotten,” Kleeb said.

“We should never negotiate with rogue nations without preconditions. You squander the prestige and the power of the American presidency when you do that,” Johanns said.

Source: [Xref Kleeb] 2008 Nebraska Senate debate Aug 24, 2008

Scott Kleeb: We have forgotten how to use diplomacy

“We need to scale down the dialog of anger toward the rest of the world. I think that the invasion of Iraq was based on false premises,” Larrick declared.

“We have tremendous potential to actually use diplomacy in ways even Ronald Reagan used that we have forgotten now, and the current administration has forgotten,” Kleeb said.

“We should never negotiate with rogue nations without preconditions. You squander the prestige and the power of the American presidency when you do that,” Johanns said.

Source: 2008 Nebraska Senate debate reported in Lincoln News Aug 24, 2008

Scott Kleeb: Refocus war on terror on Afghan-Pakistan border

Source: Campaign booklet, Nebraska’s Brand of Change, p.27 Aug 19, 2008

Steven Larrick: We spend more for war than all other nations combined

With only 5% of the world’s population, we are spending more for war than all of the other nations in the world combined. We will have more peace and security if we redirect this spending to health pursuits.
Source: Nebraska Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test Jun 25, 2008

Steven Larrick: Opposes monitoring domestic communications & federal ID card

Q: Should law enforcement agencies have greater discretion to monitor domestic communications, to prevent future terrorist attacks?

A: No.

Q: Do you support the creation of a federal identification card system?

A: No.

Q: Do you support long-term use of National Guard troops to supplement the armed forces in assignments overseas?

A: No.

Source: Nebraska Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test Jun 25, 2008

Steven Larrick: Respect international law; no pre-emptive military strikes

Q: Should the United States expand its missile defense shield?

A: No.

Q: Do you support pre-emptive military strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to United States national security?

A: No. We can reduce hostility toward the United States by respecting international law and by meeting our legal obligations to the United Nations.

Source: Nebraska Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test Jun 25, 2008

Mike Johanns: Military tribunals for terrorists; domestic spying ok

Q: Do you support using military tribunals to try suspected terrorists when ordinary civilian courts are deemed inappropriate or impractical?

A: Yes.

Q: Should law enforcement agencies have greater discretion to monitor domestic communications, to prevent future terrorist attacks?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support the creation of a federal identification card system?

A: No.

Source: Nebraska Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test Jun 3, 2008

Mike Johanns: Expand missile defense; & pre-emptive military strike policy

Q: Should the federal government increase funding to states and cities for homeland security?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support pre-emptive military strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to United States national security?

A: Yes.

Q: Should the United States expand its missile defense shield?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support long-term use of National Guard troops to supplement the armed forces in assignments overseas?

A: Yes.

Source: Nebraska Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test Jun 3, 2008

Don Stenberg: Defeat terrorists at home & abroad

Terrorists must be defeated at home and abroad. I support a strong National defense and Homeland Security.
Source: 2006 Senate campaign website, www.stenbergfornebraska.com Jan 18, 2006

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