State of Florida Archives: on Homeland Security


Rick Scott: Florida has one of country's largest veteran populations

We can never say thank you enough to those who have served our country. I am so proud of all of our men and women who wear the uniform--like my dad did. I am also proud to say that Florida has one of the largest veteran populations in the country.
Source: 2014 State of the State Address to Florida legislature Mar 4, 2014

Connie Mack IV: Budget sequestration guts our military

Mack said several times that Nelson voted "to gut our military," referring to the budget deal approved last year that could lead to draconian budget cuts and tax increases by year's end if Congress fails to reach a new agreement.

"You were going to let this country go into default where it could not pay its bills. Obviously we could not do that," Nelson said, noting that Mack was in the minority who voted against the so-called sequestration plan.

Source: Tampa Bay Times on 2012 Florida Senate debate Oct 18, 2012

George LeMieux: World peace comes when America is unrivaled militarily

I believe in a strong national defense. Peace comes to our world when America is unrivaled militarily and unafraid of taking a leadership role in supporting democratic nations and those nations that yearn for freedom. President Obama's policy of "engagement" has failed. When the U.S. looks weak our friends don't know they can trust us and our enemies are emboldened. Dialogue and unilateral concessions with dictators and tyrants is no way to secure our nation or conduct foreign policy.
Source: 2012 Senate campaign website, georgeforflorida.com, "Issues" Jul 16, 2011

Al Franken: 2005: Coleman should've held hearings on post-war corruption

In his 2005 book, "The Truth (With Jokes)", Franken wrote about Coleman's chairmanship of the Senate Subcommittee on Permanent Investigations, a panel charged with looking into, among other things, corruption in defense and security contracts in Iraq. Asserting that Coleman had failed to hold "a single hearing on postwar corruption," Franken called Coleman "one of the administration's leading butt boys," and wondered if Coleman's ambition was "to become vice president in the third Bush administration."

Thus the emotional and personal groundwork was laid for a brutal campaign years before Franken announced his own ambitions. Franken-Coleman 2008 was not Wellstone-Coleman 2.0.

Source: This Is Not Florida, by Jay Weiner, p. 67 Sep 16, 2010

Bernard DeCastro: Reduce deployed nuclear weapons of both the US and Russia

Question: ON NUCLEAR WEAPON REDUCTION: Continuing negotiations to verifiably reduce deployed nuclear weapons of both the United States and the Russian Federation?

Answer: SUPPORT

Source: Florida Catholic Conference Candidate Questionnaire Aug 11, 2010

Charlie Crist: Military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy has worked

U.S. Senate rivals Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio both said today they oppose abolishing the "don't ask, don't tell" policy affecting gays and lesbians in the military. The 1993 policy was intended to be a political compromise that let gay men and women serve so long as they stayed silent about their sexuality. But President Barack Obama and top military leaders say it is time to end the discrimination all together.

"We are a nation at war. The governor believes the current policy has worked, and there is no need to make changes," a Crist campaign spokeswoman said.

"Marco Rubio supports the current policy and doesn't see any evidence it needs to be changed," a campaign spokesman said.

Source: St. Petersburg Times' coverage of 2010 Florida Senate debate Feb 4, 2010

Marco Rubio: No evidence to change policy of don't ask, don't tell

U.S. Senate rivals Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio both said today they oppose abolishing the "don't ask, don't tell" policy affecting gays and lesbians in the military. The 1993 policy was intended to be a political compromise that let gay men and women serve so long as they stayed silent about their sexuality. But President Barack Obama and top military leaders say it is time to end the discrimination all together.

"We are a nation at war. The governor believes the current policy has worked, and there is no need to make changes," a Crist campaign spokeswoman said.

"Marco Rubio supports the current policy and doesn't see any evidence it needs to be changed," a campaign spokesman said.

Source: St. Petersburg Times' coverage of 2010 Florida Senate debate Feb 4, 2010

Mitt Romney: Add 100,000 to the military without a draft

Q: How do you increase the size of the military without a draft?

A: Iím recommending that we add 100,000 active-duty personnel to our military. Weíre right now at about 1.5 million. Take that up to about 1.6 million. We found in our state that we were losing enrollees for the National Guard at about 6% per year. And the legislature and I got together and passed something called the Welcome Home Bill. We said if youíll sign up for the National Guard, weíll pay for your entire education for four years. We put in some other benefits as well--life insurance and other features that we decided to pay for. The result of that was, the next year enrollments went up 30%. So if we want more people to sign up for the military, we have to improve the deal. Our GI Bill has gotten a little old. We need to update our funding level for that, so that young people who go into the military get a full ride as they come home and get to go into college.

Source: 2008 GOP debate in Boca Raton Florida Jan 24, 2008

John McCain: Waterboarding is torture; weíre not going to torture people

Q: [to Romney]: Considering that Mr. McCain is the only one with any firsthand knowledge on the subject of waterboarding, how can those of you sharing the stage with him disagree with his position against torture?

ROMNEY: I do not believe that as a presidential candidate, it is wise for us to describe precisely what techniques we will use in interrogating people.

McCAIN: I am astonished that Mitt would think such a torture would be inflicted on anyone who we held captive and anyone could believe that thatís not torture. Itís in violation of the Geneva Convention. Itís in violation of existing law. If weíre going to get the high ground in this world and weíre going to be the America that we have cherished and loved for more than 200 years. Weíre not going to torture people. Itís clear the definition of torture. [Waterboarding] is in violation of laws we have passed.

Source: 2007 GOP YouTube debate in St. Petersburg, Florida Nov 28, 2007

Mitt Romney: Not wise for us to describe our interrogation techniques

Q: Considering that Mr. McCain is the only one with any firsthand knowledge on the subject of waterboarding, how can those of you sharing the stage with him disagree with his position against torture?

A: I do not believe that as a presidential candidate, it is wise for us to describe precisely what techniques we will use in interrogating people. I want to make sure these folks are kept at Guantanamo. I donít want the people that are carrying out attacks on this country to be brought into our jail system and be given legal representation in this country. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed went to Guantanamo and he met G.I.s and CIA interrogators. And thatís just exactly how it ought to be.

Source: 2007 GOP YouTube debate in St. Petersburg, Florida Nov 28, 2007

Rudy Giuliani: Remain on offense against Islamic terrorism

Q: What would you do as president to repair the image of America in the eyes of the Muslim world?

A: The most important thing to do is to make certain we remain on offense against Islamic terrorism. Then make it clear that what that means is this is a small group of people, Islamic terrorists, who have defiled a great religion

Source: 2007 GOP YouTube debate in St. Petersburg, Florida Nov 28, 2007

John McCain: Consult lawyers on war decisions; no half-cocked war basis

Q: [to McCain]:You didnít think much of the answer of Gov. Romney in the last debate, when he said that he would ask his lawyers whether he needed congressional authorization to use military force against Iran. Why not?

MCCAIN: Because I donít think thatís the time to call in the lawyers, when weíre in a national security crisis. Those are the last people Iíd call in. Iíd call in my wisdom, my knowledge, my background, my experience, and my ability to lead this nation.

ROMNEY: I want to make one thing very, very clear, and that is if there were ever a question of a security threat to this country, I would act immediately to protect the interests of America and our citizens. No question about that. But every president has of course met with White House counsel and they have written opinions about the involvement of Congress. The decision to take our men and women to war is the most grave decision and I would do that on a very deliberate and careful basis, not a half-cocked basis.

Source: 2007 GOP primary debate in Orlando, Florida Oct 21, 2007

Mitt Romney: Lawyers are the last people to ask about war decisions

Q: [to McCain]:You didnít think much of the answer of Gov. Romney in the last debate, when he said that he would ask his lawyers whether he needed congressional authorization to use military force against Iran. Why not?

MCCAIN: Because I donít think thatís the time to call in the lawyers, when weíre in a national security crisis. Those are the last people Iíd call in. Iíd call in my wisdom, my knowledge, my background, my experience, and my ability to lead this nation.

ROMNEY: I want to make one thing very, very clear, and that is if there were ever a question of a security threat to this country, I would act immediately to protect the interests of America and our citizens. No question about that. But every president has of course met with White House counsel and they have written opinions about the involvement of Congress. The decision to take our men and women to war is the most grave decision and I would do that on a very deliberate and careful basis, not a half-cocked basis.

Source: 2007 GOP primary debate in Orlando, Florida Oct 21, 2007

Betty Castor: Support the all volunteer military, not a military draft

Q: Does the long-term nature of the global war on terror require a return to the military draft?

CASTOR: No. I support the all volunteer military and believe our active-duty and reserve forces are doing a great job. We should make the military more attractive as a career by improving pay and benefits for military service and ensuring that the government keeps its commitments to our service members and veterans. We must also stop the second-class treatment of the National Guard and Reserves to attract and retain a strong, volunteer force.

MARTINEZ: No. Every day more patriots volunteer for military service making a draft unnecessary. The US is the most prosperous and thriving nation in the world. Without strong support from our armed forces, our country could easily be defeated by terrorism.

Source: Florida Senate Debate, Q&A by Associated Press Oct 24, 2004

Mel Martinez: Volunteers for military service make a draft unnecessary

Q: Does the long-term nature of the global war on terror require a return to the military draft?

CASTOR: No. I support the all volunteer military and believe our active-duty and reserve forces are doing a great job. We should make the military more attractive as a career by improving pay and benefits for military service and ensuring that the government keeps its commitments to our service members and veterans. We must also stop the second-class treatment of the National Guard and Reserves to attract and retain a strong, volunteer force.

MARTINEZ: No. Every day more patriots volunteer for military service making a draft unnecessary. The US is the most prosperous and thriving nation in the world. Without strong support from our armed forces, our country could easily be defeated by terrorism.

Source: Florida Senate Debate, Q&A by Associated Press Oct 24, 2004

Jeb Bush: Make Florida the most military-friendly state in the nation

We must protect our military bases and the $44 billion defense industry by aggressively defending our military installations in the 2005 base closure (BRAC) process. We must also find more ways to support the military men and women who serve their country from our state. I support the legislation proposed to help military families transition into our communities and our schools, as part of our effort to make Florida the most military friendly state in the nation.
Source: 2004 State of the State speech to the Florida Legislature Mar 2, 2004

Jeb Bush: Threat from 9/11 is unprecedented for our generation

In most years, we mark change by the passing of foreseeable events. But since I spoke here last, a new rhythm has been violently layered over the old. We awoke one morning in September, and we confronted a threat that is unprecedented for our generation.

As I have come to expect from Floridians, we have been extraordinary in our response to that threat. As a state, we will meet, and soon overcome, the obstacles that evil has devised. We will understand, and soon eliminate, any barrier that would keep this state from realizing its destiny. And when we do, we will be stronger and better for it. Floridians are united as never before, and when the current crisis has passed, we will remain bound to one another in a spirit of caring and community that will endure. Stronger, wiser, with an unshakable determination: that is the state of our state.

We must continue to thwart those who would harm us. We must renew our commitment to ensure the security of our citizens and our guests.

Source: State of the State address to 2002 Florida Legislature Jan 22, 2002

Jeb Bush: $17M for new programs for terrorism response

Immediately following the terrorist attacks on September 11th, we acted quickly. By executive order, I put in place new programs that bolstered law enforcement's ability to deal with the terrorist threat and authorized specialized training for domestic security personnel.

I am proud of the rapid response of the Legislature in aggressively addressing this new threat. A few weeks ago, in special session, you dedicated more than $17 million in new programs to bolster homeland security, put into place harsher criminal penalties for terrorist acts, and created a new, coordinated system for law enforcement's response to terrorism.

But we must do more. I am proposing this session that we spend $45 million to further strengthen domestic security, including $6 million to continue the efforts begun in the current year.

Source: State of the State address to 2002 Florida Legislature Jan 22, 2002

Ronald Reagan: No nuclear freeze due to danger from the ďevil empireĒ

In your discussions of nuclear freeze proposals, I urge you to not to ignore the facts of history and the aggressive impulses of an evil empire, to simply call the arms race a giant misunderstanding and thereby remove yourself from the struggle between good and evil. I ask you to resist the attempts of those who would have you withhold your support for this administrationís efforts, to keep America strong and free.
Source: Speech in Orlando Florida Mar 8, 1983

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