State of Arizona Archives: on Foreign Policy


Kelli Ward: Celebrate American Exceptionalism

America is cheering--we are building a safe, strong, proud nation-- why are the DC Democrats sitting on their hands, many scowling, refusing to celebrate America's exceptionalism? #TrumpWon #AmericaIsWinning --the PEOPLE are making America great again!
Source: Twitter posting on 2018 Arizona Senate race

Martha McSally: COVID: Virus came from China; hold China accountable

McSally praised the administration's China travel ban, while placing the blame for the pandemic on China and the nation's response. "This virus came from China, they silenced doctors, they destroyed samples, they blamed it on the U.S. Army, and we need to hold China accountable," she said.
Source: Cronkite News AZ-PBS on 2020 Arizona Senate debate Oct 8, 2020

Mark Kelly: Hasn't thought much on Jerusalem embassy; seems to work

When asked about Trump's decision to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, Kelly was agnostic. "I haven't given it a ton of thought," he said. "It's gone, it's been moved, seems to be working. A lot of the folks that were critical of it and said all this negative stuff is going to happen, that doesn't seem to me that those things took place. But I haven't given it a ton of thought on moving an office from one building to another."
Source: The Jewish Insider on 2020 Arizona Senate race May 22, 2020

Mark Kelly: Supports strong military, but must rebuild alliances

Mark will work across the aisle to ensure that nothing stands in the way of keeping our military strong and our country safe. Mark flew 39 combat missions and understands the importance of a strong military, but he believes first and foremost in the value of diplomacy. He will work with our allies and partners to tackle our shared threats. He will ensure that the United States remains a global leader and that our allies know that they can continue to trust us. Mark is committed to rebuilding our traditional alliances and restoring American leadership in the world.
Source: 2020 Arizona Senate campaign website MarkKelly.com Jan 15, 2020

Mark Kelly: Committed to rebuilding alliances & restoring US leadership

Mark flew 39 combat missions and understands the importance of a strong military, but he believes first and foremost in the value of diplomacy. He will work with our allies and partners to tackle our shared threats. He will ensure that the United States remains a global leader and that our allies know that they can continue to trust us. Mark is committed to rebuilding our traditional alliances and restoring American leadership in the world.
Source: 2020 Arizona Senate campaign website MarkKelly.com May 2, 2019

Kyrsten Sinema: Stick with Iran nuclear treaty until new strategy defined

Q: Iran: Support withdrawal from treaty limiting Iran nuclear capability while lifting sanctions?

Martha McSally (R): Yes. Supports decision "to terminate U.S. participation in this rotten deal."

Kyrsten Sinema (D): No. Withdrawing without defined strategy does not make us safer.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Arizona Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Martha McSally: Stick with Iran nuclear treaty until new strategy defined

Q: Iran: Support withdrawal from treaty limiting Iran nuclear capability while lifting sanctions?

Martha McSally (R): Yes. Supports decision "to terminate U.S. participation in this rotten deal."

Kyrsten Sinema (D): No. Withdrawing without defined strategy does not make us safer.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Arizona Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Deedra Abboud: Spread our values of democracy, freedom, & personal liberty

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Support American Exceptionalism"?

A: Support with an emphasis on keeping our values of democracy, freedom, and personal liberty available for all.

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Arizona Senate candidate Mar 5, 2018

Doug Marks: American Exceptionalism? we're no better than everyone else

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Support American Exceptionalism"?

A: Nope, we aren't better than everyone else

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Arizona Senate candidate Mar 5, 2018

Deedra Abboud: Two-state solution for Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Few issues are more polarizing than the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and fewer people than ever are willing to step away from their respective "sides" long enough to work toward a peaceful solution. I have witnessed firsthand the tremendous love and cooperation between the Jewish and Muslim communities here in Arizona. I firmly believe Israeli and Palestinian leaders can negotiate in good faith to achieve a 2-state solution. The 2-state solution has been American policy for 4 administrations.
Source: 2018 Arizona Senate campaign website Deedra2018.com Dec 12, 2017

David Garcia: Rebuild relationship with Mexico

The relationship with Mexico has been damaged by President Trump, particularly plans to build a wall on the border. "We want to change the perception of Arizona," Garcia said. "Let's go from (SB)1070 to electing Garcia for governor!" He said rebuilding relationships--in their language--and "getting down there and talk to them" is crucial to send the message that Arizona "is a place that's changing, it's a place to invest."
Source: Green Valley News on 2018 Arizona gubernatorial race Nov 18, 2017

Andy Biggs: Israel has God-given right of self-defense on all its lands

Biggs introduced CONCURRENT RESOLUTION SCR1019:
Source: Arizona legislative voting record on SCR1019 Feb 2, 2016

Debbie Lesko: Israel has God-given right of self-defense on all its lands

Lesko voted YES on CONCURRENT RESOLUTION SCR1019:
Source: Arizona legislative voting record on SCR1019 Feb 2, 2016

Jeff Flake: Push to end the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba

He is pro-life, opposes same-sex marriage, but backed the repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on gay service members. He also has long pushed to end the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba. Flake sits on the powerful Appropriations Committee, and has stumped for fellow Republican (and fellow Mormon) Mitt Romney.
Source: The Sahuarita Sun on 2012 Arizona Senate debates May 29, 2012

George W. Bush: Kerry wants a global test while I will be resolute

BUSH: In our first debate Kerry proposed America pass a global test. In order to defend ourselves, weíd have to get international approval. Thatís one of the major differences we have about defending our country. Iíll work with allies. Iíll work with friends. Weíll continue to build strong coalitions. But I will never turn over our national- security decisions to leaders of other countries. Weíll be resolute, weíll be strong, and weíll wage a comprehensive war against the terrorists.

KERRY: I have never suggested a test where we turn over our security to any nation. In fact, Iíve said the opposite: I will never turn the security of the US over to any nation. No nation will ever have a veto over us. But I think it makes sense that we ought to pass a sort of truth standard. Thatís how you gain legitimacy with your own people, and thatís how you gain legitimacy in the world. But Iíll never fail to protect the United States of America.

Source: Third Bush-Kerry Debate, in Tempe Arizona Oct 13, 2004

John Kerry: No nation will ever have a veto over us

BUSH: In our first debate Kerry proposed America pass a global test. In order to defend ourselves, weíd have to get international approval. Thatís one of the major differences we have about defending our country. Iíll work with allies. Iíll work with friends. Weíll continue to build strong coalitions. But I will never turn over our national- security decisions to leaders of other countries. Weíll be resolute, weíll be strong, and weíll wage a comprehensive war against the terrorists.

KERRY: I have never suggested a test where we turn over our security to any nation. In fact, Iíve said the opposite: I will never turn the security of the US over to any nation. No nation will ever have a veto over us. But I think it makes sense that we ought to pass a sort of truth standard. Thatís how you gain legitimacy with your own people, and thatís how you gain legitimacy in the world. But Iíll never fail to protect the United States of America.

Source: [Xref Bush] Third Bush-Kerry Debate, in Tempe Arizona Oct 13, 2004

George W. Bush: Chinaís taste of freedom encourages capitalismís growth

BAUER [to Bush]: We would never make the argument [that we should work with China] if we were talking about Nazi Germany. Is there no atrocity that you can think of, the labor camps doubling in their slave labor, a bigger crackdown, more priests disappearing in the middle of the night, is there anything that would tell you to put trade on the back burner?

BUSH: Gary, I agree with you that forced abortion is abhorrent. And I agree with you when leaders try to snuff out religion. But I think if we turn our back on China and isolate China things will get worse. Imagine if the Internet took hold in China. Imagine how freedom would spread. Our greatest export to the world has been, is and always will be the incredible freedom we understand in America. And thatís why itís important for us to trade with China to encourage the growth of an entrepreneurial class. It gets that taste of freedom. It gets that breath of freedom in the marketplace.

Source: (cross-ref. from Bauer) Phoenix Arizona GOP Debate Dec 7, 1999

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