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Claimed Democrats "in love with terrorists," then apologized

After a U.S. drone strike killed Iranian military commander Qassim Suleimani, Collins smeared Democratic critics as being "in love with terrorists." In a Twitter thread, Collins abruptly had a more apologetic tone. The congressman tweeted, "Let me be clear: I do not believe Democrats are in love with terrorists, and I apologize for what I said earlier this week."
Source: Alternet blog on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race , Jan 10, 2020

Continued sanctions against Iran are crucial to security

I believe that continued sanctions against Iran are crucial to promoting security and stability in the Middle East. Iran's continued disregard for its regional neighbors, threats towards Israel, and open hostility to Americans demonstrates that the Iranian regime should receive no leeway to further develop its nuclear programs and must be carefully monitored. The short-sighted Iran Deal placed the safety of Americans and our allies at risk.
Source: 2019-2020 Senate campaign website DougCollins.house.gov , Nov 15, 2019

Advocated for sanctions against North Korea

The North Korean regime remains a destabilizing force. Its leadership has committed human rights abuse after abuse and pursues nuclear weapon development with aggression and abandon. The government has launched numerous test missiles and wrongly imprisoned several foreign citizens, including Americans. I have advocated for numerous pieces of legislation aimed at further sanctioning the country in response to its belligerence.
Source: 2019-2020 Senate campaign website DougCollins.house.gov , Nov 15, 2019

Afghan withdrawal when commanders say, on secret timetable

Q: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan?

A: As someone who has served on the ground in Iraq, I believe the best decisions regarding a withdrawal in Afghanistan should be determined by the commanders and military leaders we have overseas who defend our country day in and day out. I support a timetable that is put in place by these men and women, but I feel we must not allow our enemies to learn of any definite plan.

Source: Georgia Congressional Election 2012 Political Courage Test , Nov 1, 2012

Iran is an imminent threat to the US

Q: Should the US use military force in order to prevent Iran from possessing a nuclear weapon?

A: I believe Iran is an imminent threat to the US and also one of our greatest friends, Israel. Protecting our citizenry from any threat--foreign or domestic--is an obligation the federal government must uphold;

Source: Georgia Congressional Election 2012 Political Courage Test , Nov 1, 2012

Sponsored condemning North Korea for testing nuclear device.

Collins co-sponsored House Resolution on North Korea

    Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the House of Representatives--
  1. condemns the Government of North Korea for its flagrant and repeated violations of multiple UN Security Council resolutions, and for its Feb. 2013 test of a nuclear device;
  2. expresses solidarity with the
    Source: H.Res.65 13-HRes65 on Feb 13, 2013

    Ground troops plus drone strikes to destroy ISIL.

    Collins co-sponsored H.R.4869

    Source: Comprehensive Strategy to Destroy ISIL Act 16-HR4869 on Mar 23, 2016

    President ok to use military force against Iran.

    Collins voted NAY the Iran War Powers Resolution

    Axios.com summary: The House passed a symbolic war powers resolution directing President Trump to halt the use of military force against Iran unless he obtains approval from Congress.

    The big picture: A classified briefing on the killing of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani [by the US military] left Democrats and even some Republicans deeply skeptical, with many claiming that officials did not provide evidence that there was an "imminent" threat from Iran. Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rand Paul (R-KY) said they will vote in favor of a similar resolution in the Senate [S J Res 68].

    What opponents are saying: Former national security adviser and notorious Iran hawk John Bolton tweeted: "The 1973 War Powers Resolution is unconstitutional. It reflects a fundamental misunderstanding of how the Constitution allocated foreign affairs authority between the President and Congress. The Resolution should be repealed." Pres. Trump quote tweeted Bolton and added: "Smart analysis, I fully agree!"

    What supporters are saying: Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) was one of the few Republicans to vote in favor of the resolution, stating on the House floor: "Killing Soleimani was the right decision, but engaging in another forever war in the Middle East would be the wrong decision." Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced legislation that would block funding for offensive military force against Iran without congressional authorization. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) is also seeking to repeal the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), which has been used repeatedly to justify war in the Middle East in the wake of 9/11. Lee was the only member of Congress to vote against the AUMF in 2001, criticizing it as a "blank check."

    Legislative outcome: H Con Res 83 Passed House 224-194-13 on 1/9/20; S J Res 68 passed Senate 55-45-0 on 2/13/20. Vetoed 5/6; Senate veto override failed 5/7/20.

    Source: Congressional vote 20-SCR33 on Jan 9, 2020

    Pro-Israel, according to CC survey.

    Collins supports the Christian Coalition survey question on support of Israel

    The Chritisan Coalition inferred whether candidates agree or disagree with the statement, 'The US Should Continue to Support and Stand with the Nation of Israel Against Her Enemies?' CC self-description: "The Political Courage Test provides voters with positions on key issues. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads."

    Source: CC Survey 20CC-17 on Sep 10, 2020

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