State of Nevada Archives: on Foreign Policy


Catherine Cortez Masto: Supports US-Iran nuclear treaty

Q: On Iran: Support the US-Iran treaty that limits Iran's nuclear capability in return for lifting economic sanctions?

Heck: No

Cortez Masto: Yes

Q: On Iraq: Should the US recommit significant additional ground troops to Iraq to combat the success of ISIS?

Heck: Ambiguous. Supports embedded advisors and targeters. Wary of unlimited troop increases.

Cortez Masto: No

Source: CampusElect Voter Guide to 2016 Nevada Senate race Oct 9, 2016

Joe Heck: Opposes US-Iran nuclear treaty

Q: On Iran: Support the US-Iran treaty that limits Iran's nuclear capability in return for lifting economic sanctions?

Heck: No

Cortez Masto: Yes

Q: On Iraq: Should the US recommit significant additional ground troops to Iraq to combat the success of ISIS?

Heck: Ambiguous. Supports embedded advisors and targeters. Wary of unlimited troop increases.

Cortez Masto: No

Source: CampusElect Voter Guide to 2016 Nevada Senate race Oct 9, 2016

Brian Sandoval: $10M Knowledge Fund, and expand Nevada's global footprint

The job description of Governor has changed. I have led trade missions to China, Korea, and Canada. And, missions to Mexico and Israel are planned to expand Nevada's global footprint. I am committed to leaving no stone unturned--no road not taken.

We must also invest in our Nevada's innovators and entrepreneurs. And tonight, I am proud to announce that we will commit $10 million to Nevada's Knowledge Fund to do just that.

For rural Nevada, we have also placed an item in the budget to support the University Cooperative Extension program, in rural Nevada and we are moving forward on "Nevada Grown," to provide Nevada farm products for Nevadans, and funds to market rural Nevada tourism are increased.

Source: 2013 State of the State address to Nevada Legislature Jan 16, 2013

Bill Richardson: Set conditions on foreign aid assistance to Musharraf

We say to Musharraf: Security is more important than human rights. If Iím president, itís the other way around -- democracy and human rights. I would condition the assistance to Musharraf. We give him $10 billion, 60% of that is to his military, if he restores the constitution, holds elections in January, ends the state of emergency, allows Bhutto to run as a candidate, and puts the Supreme Court back. He is supposed to go after terrorists on his border, and has done a very weak job of doing that. Pakistan and the politics of Pakistan, Islamic parties get maybe 15 percent of the vote. So this threat that revolutionary elements are going to overtake him, if he has a fair election, and you take his party and Bhuttoís party, and you get the military. I believe moderate forces can win. If weíre on the side of democracy and human rights, and weíre on the side of Musharraf having elections, then US interests are preserved, and the Pakistani people have a democracy.
Source: 2007 Democratic debate in Las Vegas, Nevada Nov 15, 2007

Joe Biden: Move from a Musharraf policy to a Pakistan policy

I do not think we should maintain the same aid weíre giving. I have made it clear to Musharraf. If he did not take off his uniform, if he did not hold fair and free elections by the middle of January, I would on the floor of the Senate move to take away the aid weíre giving with regard to F-16s and P-3s, because thatís the biggest leverage you have on him within his military. He is not a sole player. He has to keep his military happy as well. I would use that leverage. We should move from a Musharraf policy to a Pakistan policy. Unlike anyone else, within 5 days of this happening, I laid out a detailed plan. You have to move from military aid to giving to the middle class there. The middle class is overwhelmingly the majority. They get no connection with the US. We have to significantly increase our economic aid relative to education, relative to NGOs, relative to all those things that make a difference in the lives of ordinary people over there, and not be doing it through the military side.
Source: 2007 Democratic debate in Las Vegas, Nevada Nov 15, 2007

Bill Richardson: Bad guys like Richardson; he can make peace with enemies

America in the last six years needs to do a lot to recover, especially internationally. I believe the next president is going to have to have experience internationally. Iíve been ambassador to the United Nations. Iíve been secretary of Energy.

President Clinton used to send me around the world to talk to dictators, either to get American service men out or to get American prisoners out. He used to say, ďBad guys like Richardson, so Iím sending him there.Ē

I was just in Darfur. At a refugee camp, a mother who had lost a child asked me, ďWhat has taken so long for America to help us in this tragedy?Ē

Foreign policy should not be just about power. It should be about doing something about eliminating poverty and dealing with AIDS and dealing with refugees and sicknesses. Thatís how we regain our moral authority.

I would do what Yitzhak Rabin used to say, the great Israeli leader. He said you donít make peace with your friends, you make peace with your enemies.

Source: 2007 AFSCME Democratic primary debate in Carson City Nevada Feb 21, 2007

Jack Carter: On Axis of Evil: Are you better off today than 4 years ago?

Q: Mr. Carter, on Sept. 1, 2003, your father wrote an op-ed piece regarding North Korea, and he wrote: ďAn eventual military confrontation between the US and North Korea seems likely if negotiations fail.Ē Do you agree with your fatherís assessment?

CARTER: My father knows what heís talking about. Let me ask you a question that Ronald Reagan asked some years. When you look at this Axis of Evil, ďAre you better off today than you were four years ago?Ē

ENSIGN: I didnít know we were running for president tonight, but I guess thatís ok. I believe this North Korea issue is a very, very serious issue. To have Kim Jong Il have a nuclear weapon is very dangerous, not just for what he would have himself, but also because heís becoming friends with people like Hugo Chavez in Venezuela, and the leader of Iran. These are dangerous, dangerous people in the world and we cannot afford them to get nuclear weapons. The leader of North Korea, heís a lunatic, and what he would do with one is very dangerous.

Source: Nevada 2006 Senate Debate, at KLAS in Las Vegas Oct 15, 2006

John Ensign: Kim Jong Il is a dangerous lunatic

Q: Mr. Carter, on Sept. 1, 2003, your father wrote an op-ed piece regarding North Korea, and he wrote: ďAn eventual military confrontation between the US and North Korea seems likely if negotiations fail.Ē Do you agree with your fatherís assessment?

CARTER: My father knows what heís talking about. Let me ask you a question that Ronald Reagan asked some years. When you look at this Axis of Evil, ďAre you better off today than you were four years ago?Ē

ENSIGN: I didnít know we were running for president tonight, but I guess thatís ok. I believe this North Korea issue is a very, very serious issue. To have Kim Jong Il have a nuclear weapon is very dangerous, not just for what he would have himself, but also because heís becoming friends with people like Hugo Chavez in Venezuela, and the leader of Iran. These are dangerous, dangerous people in the world and we cannot afford them to get nuclear weapons. The leader of North Korea, heís a lunatic, and what he would do with one is very dangerous.

Source: Nevada 2006 Senate Debate, at KLAS in Las Vegas Oct 15, 2006

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