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Barry Hinckley: Reduce foreign aid; robust American military presence abroad

The two men differed greatly on the distribution of American taxpayer monies going overseas as foreign aid. Hinckley sounded an isolationist note by arguing for reduced foreign aid to hostile governments and a less robust American military presence abroad. Whitehouse countered with a traditional internationalist argument, citing Republicans who disagree with Hinckley and suggesting his proposals could damage Israel.
Source: Examiner.com on 2012 R.I. Senate debate Oct 23, 2012

Barry Hinckley: End foreign aid to Egypt, Libya and Pakistan

Hinckley was questioned about his plan to end foreign aid to Egypt, Libya and Pakistan. "We're talking about tolls for the Sakonnet River Bridge. We can't even get a free bridge in Rhode Island, and we continue to pump money into countries that don't like us," Hinckley said. "It is time for the rest of the world to step up."

Whitehouse countered, "Israel is a vital ally in that area and Israel wants us to continue to engage with Egypt."

Source: WPRI Eyewitness News on 2012 R.I. Senate debate Oct 23, 2012

Sheldon Whitehouse: Traditional internationalist and support of Israel

Hinckley sounded an isolationist note by arguing for reduced foreign aid to hostile governments and a less robust American military presence abroad. Whitehouse countered with a traditional internationalist argument, citing Republicans who disagree with Hinckley and suggesting his proposals could damage Israel. Whitehouse also had a good moment when he was asked about the recent attack in Libya and pivoted to recall the dangers his own father faced as a career diplomat.
Source: Examiner.com on 2012 R.I. Senate debate Oct 23, 2012

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