Jim Martin on Foreign Policy
Democratic Senate Challenger
A: As the world's most powerful and influential country, the United States has a moral and ethical obligation to use its resources and influence to help create a safer future. However, in order to maximize our influence, the United States must work hard to reestablish its credibility and stature in the world. This work must begin by engaging our allies and working cooperatively to address issues that affect us all.
A: Yes. In a world constantly torn apart by war, weather, and starvation, the United Nations plays a vital role in tending to many of the world's ills. The United States, as the world's most powerful, wealthy and influential nation, has an obligation to pay its fair share to ensure that the United Nations is successful in achieving its goals.
Q: Will you oppose legislation that withholds U.S. dues to the U.N.?
A: Yes. I support legislation similar to that of the Biden/Helms bill which requires that the United States make payments on its arrearage to the United Nations.
A: Yes. To re-establish itself as an international leader, the United States must reassess its position with respect to the ICC. I suppor US membership in the Court, provided that adequate safeguards for Americans abroad are in place and that there is no conflict with our Constitution.
Q: Will you vote to repeal conditioning of foreign assistance on the signing of Bilateral Immunity Agreements?
A: No. A key component to restoring its international esteem is for the United States to repair its relationships with its allies and repair its credibility. While conditioning foreign aid on signing BIA's does not seem to meet this end, I cannot support a policy ending this practice at this time. Until it can be assured that adequate safeguards for Americans abroad are in place & the ICC comports with our constitution, we must take steps to prevent our citizens from subjection to the ICC.
A: Yes. The situation in Darfur represents a unique situation for the US to re-establish not only its credibility in the international community, but also its role as a humanitarian leader. In order to achieve this goal, the US must contribute its fair share to the United Nations so that its peace operations, including those in Darfur, have a real chance to succeed.
A: Yes. The US has a longstanding history of providing assistance to those most in need around the world. Not only do we have a moral obligation to do so, but by enabling the less fortunate to stand up on their own feet, we incur a benefit at home by improving the global marketplace. I support measures aimed to ensure that the US contributes a fair and reasonable portion of its budget.
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Winners of 2008 Senate Races:
( * if new to the Senate)
AK:*Begich over Stevens
DE:Biden and Kaufman
GA:Chambliss v.Martin (Dec. 2 runoff)
MN:Coleman v.Franken (recounting as of Dec.1)
NC:*Hagan over Dole
NH:*Shaheen over Sununu
OR:*Merkley over Smith
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