State of Delaware Archives: on Foreign Policy


James DeMartino: Uphold a firm America first foreign policy

Q: What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?

A: We must uphold a firm America first foreign policy and maintain the strongest military that defends our national security interests throughout the world against all enemies to ourselves and our partnering allies.

Source: AFA iVoterGuide on 2020 Delaware Senate race Nov 3, 2020

Lauren Witzke: Accept as immigrants Christians under religious persecution

Q: Who should be allowed to immigrate to the U.S. and under what circumstances?

A: Christians under religious persecution, and migrants under a merit-based system who come here for our values, and not our benefits.

Source: AFA iVoterGuide on 2020 Delaware Senate race Nov 3, 2020

Chris Coons: We need NATO more engaged in the Middle East

What made the Iran deal possible was getting most of the world aligned with the United States in putting sanctions pressure on Iran. That's what got them to the table. Now, we're in a place where, although President Trump, and I appreciate his saying this, is saying, here's a moment for diplomacy. We need NATO more engaged in the Middle East. We need our partners in Europe. Lots of other actions and steps he's taken have weakened and strained those alliances and those partnerships.
Source: Fox News Sunday interview for 2020 Delaware Senate race Jan 12, 2020

Chris Coons: Led bipartisan opposition to China's election interference

A bipartisan group of 12 senators has written a letter to senior Trump administration officials, urging them to craft a "comprehensive strategy" to counter covert Chinese interference in democracies around the world. Led by Cortez Masto, the lawmakers outlined the growing threat that Chinese Communist Party activities pose to independent democratic institutions.

Democratic heavyweight Elizabeth Warren is a signatory to the letter, as is Chris Coons (D-DE) and Republican centrist Cory Gardner. The letter's wide spectrum of support suggests that, unlike the investigation into Russian meddling, future attempts to uncover Chinese actions in the United States may have a bipartisan character.

Source: The Daily Beast on 2020 Delaware Senate race Jun 11, 2018

Chuck Boyce: UN ideas aren't the US' burden to bear alone

[Citing a Twitter posting]: "At the UN, we're always asked to do more and give more."--Nikki Haley, US Ambassador to the UN

@ChuckBoyce Twitter response: "For too long, our country has remained the world police always being expected to clean up all the problems and pay the tab. It's time to make sure all the UN's ideas aren't the United States' responsibility and burden to bear alone."

Source: Twitter posting on 2018 Delaware Senate race Feb 5, 2018

Kevin Wade: Unwinnable situation in Afghanistan & all of Mideast

We have an unwinnable situation under the current setup in Afghanistan . and throughout the Middle East, Wade said. He cited the recent deaths of U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three other Americans during an attack by Islamic militants as examples of indecision and a lack of leadership from Washington. "All we heard from the White House was confusion, and silence from Senator Carper (in regards to Stevens' death)," Wade said.
Source: Newark Post on 2012 Delaware Senate debate Oct 19, 2012

Christine O`Donnell: China could take us over monetarily before militarily

Q: In 2006, you said that China has, "a carefully thought out and strategic plan to take over America. And if they pretend to be our friend, it's because they've got something up their sleeve." You also said, "you wish you weren't privy to some of the classified information I am privy to." I'd like for you to clarify what you meant.

O'DONNELL: I was talking about when I was working with the humanitarian group that was going to China. We are given some security briefs about China's position with some potentially hostile nations and some security threats that my clients would be facing.

Q: You said that China has a plan to take over America, you know about this plan?

O'DONNELL: Well, they misquoted me at the time. But look at what's going on. Right now, monetarily, China could take us over monetarily before they could militarily.

COONS: It's hard for me to respond effectively, to all the different issues that my opponent has raised in previous statements, and I'll just let that stand.

Source: CNN's Wolf Blitzer moderating 2010 Delaware Senate debate Oct 13, 2010

Tom Carper: Keep lid on North Korea until reunification, like Germany

Q: What would be the next move to calm the North Korea situation?

CARPER: Now that North Korea is where it is, we ought to talk with them and engage them directly.

TING: The reality is that we’re talking to the North Koreas all the time, formally and informally. So that channel of communication is open. The key to any of our plans succeeding in North Korea is the cooperation of China and Russia. We ought to remember how Communism dissolved in Eastern Europe. In our contingency planning, we ought to think about how people can get out of North Korea. We need to reassure China that they won’t be stuck with a million refugees. We ought to have alternatives in North Korea instead of only military solutions.

CARPER: We had a West Germany and an East Germany, and we were able to keep the lid on there long enough until they could become one country again. Our challenge with North Korea is to keep the lid on until those natural family attractions can go together and create one country.

Source: Delaware 2006 Senate Debate, hosted by WHYY-TV Oct 20, 2006

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Sen.Michael Bennet (D-CO)
V.P.Joe Biden (D-DE)
Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I-NYC)
Gov.Steve Bullock (D-MT)
Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN)
Sen.Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Rep.John Delaney (D-MD)
Rep.Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
Sen.Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Gov.Deval Patrick (D-MA)
Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
CEO Tom Steyer (D-CA)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
CEO Andrew Yang (D-NY)

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Howard Schultz(I-WA)
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Pres.Donald Trump(R-NY)
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