State of Florida Archives: on War & Peace


Ted Yoho: Support a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan

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

A: No.

Q: Do you support a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan?

A: Yes.

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

Ted Yoho: Defend if Iran attacks us, but no military prevention

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

A: No. I believe in the Reagan philosophy - If you attack us, we win and you lose. I would add, have a nice day.

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

George LeMieux: Withdraw troops but remain an engaged partner with Iraq

The last American troops are scheduled to depart Iraq at the end of this year. This draw down would not have been possible without the success of the surge of forces that restored security to the population of Iraq and allowed the Iraqi government the opportunity to build their capacity in order to take the lead in providing security for their country. With the democratic uprisings that are transforming the Arab world, Iraq is currently the most transparent and democratic country in the region. It's vital that the United States remain an engaged partner with Iraq. A successful democracy in the heart of the Middle East that is a partner with the U.S. in fighting Islamic extremism is a great victory for free people.
Source: 2012 Senate campaign website, georgeforflorida.com, "Issues" Jul 16, 2011

George LeMieux: Don't leave Afghanistan while there is still work to be done

Afghanistan remains in the vital national security interest of the United States to help the government of Afghanistan defeat Islamic extremist elements in Al Qaeda and the Taliban that are seeking to undermine the legitimacy of the elected government. The U.S. and NATO have a commitment to be in Afghanistan until 2014. Like all Americans I want to see our troops return home from this long fight. However, our troops are not interested in leaving Afghanistan while there is still work to be done.
Source: 2012 Senate campaign website, georgeforflorida.com, "Issues" Jul 16, 2011

Al Franken: Consistently opposed to Iraq War

Franken was opposed to the Iraq War and opposed to Bush's tax cuts for the wealthy, which Coleman backed. Franken stood for universal health care; Coleman did not. These themes prevailed for the entire campaign, but issues became muddled amid a volley of wicked television commercials that dumbed down the debate and turned it all personal. Franken may have switched careers, but not his political compass. Coleman was a career politician who had often changed positions.

The far right news and information machine vigorously attacked him for his leftist politics and trail of obscenity-laced, sex-act-peppered writings and television work.

Source: This Is Not Florida, by Jay Weiner, p. 68 Sep 16, 2010

Kendrick Meek: Get troops out of Iraq to pay for tax cuts

One way to pay for tax cuts would be moving toward more diplomatic solutions in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. "Getting our combat troops out of Iraq is going to save this country money," Meek said. "I support making sure that they are secured and that they are safe and that we have force protection, but at the same time, we have to look at the affordability of what we are doing."

The last US combat brigade was pulled out of Iraq this month. Nearly 50,000 non-combat soldiers remain in Iraq.

Source: CNN "State of the Union" on 2010 Florida Senate debate Jul 22, 2010

John McCain: The Iraq war was worth the price in blood and treasure

Q: Was the war a good idea, worth the price in blood and treasure?

A: It was a good idea. It was not worth the failures that happened, but it is worth it at the end of the day because we will have peace and success in the Middle East, and our men and women will return, and return with honor, and they wonít have to go back and fight al Qaeda there.

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

Mike Huckabee: Failing to find the WMDs doesnít mean they werenít there

Q: Was the war worth the price in blood & treasure?

A: I supported Bush when he led us into this. We owe him our thanks that he had the courage to recognize a potential of weapons of mass destruction, and whether than wait until we had another attack, he went and made sure that it wasnít going to happen from Saddam Hussein. Everybody can say we didnít find the weapons. It doesnít mean they werenít there. Just because you didnít find every Easter egg didnít mean that it wasnít planted.

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

Mitt Romney: It was the right decision to go into Iraq

It was the right decision to go into Iraq. I supported it at the time; I support it now. It was not well managed in after the takedown of Saddam Hussein and his military. That was done brilliantly, an extraordinary success. But in the years that followed, we were undermanaged, underprepared, underplanned, understaffed, and then we come into the phase that we have now. The plan that Bush and General Petraeus put together is working. Itís changing lives there. Perhaps most importantly, itís making sure that al Qaeda and no other group like them is becoming a superpower, if you will, in the communities, and having a safe haven from which they launch attacks against us. Itís critical for us. The most important issue is what do we do now, and their just run and retreat regardless of the consequences is going to be a real problem for them when they face a debate with a Republican on the stage.
Source: 2008 GOP debate in Boca Raton Florida Jan 24, 2008

Ron Paul: The Iraq war was not worth the price in blood and treasure

Q: Was the war a good idea and worth the price in blood and treasure?

A: It was a very bad idea, and it wasnít worth it. The al Qaeda wasnít there then; theyíre there now. There were no weapons of mass destruction. Had nothing to do with 9/11. There was no aggression. This decision on policy was made in 1998 because they called for the removal of Saddam Hussein. It wasnít worth it, and itís a sad story because we started that war and we should never be a country that starts war needlessly.

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

Rudy Giuliani: The Iraq war was worth the price in blood and treasure

Q: Was the war a good idea and worth the price in blood and treasure?

A: I was for it when six out of 10 were for it; Iím for it when six out of 10 are against it. Iím for it not because of polls but because America is in a war, an Islamic terrorist war against us. America has to succeed in Iraq. And the goal in Iraq is an Iraq thatís stable and an ally of the US. To be president of the US, you have to be able to read polls, but you canít have them push you around.

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

John McCain: Help Maliki government move forward as rapidly as possible

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

A: The first and most important and vital element is to continue this surge which is succeeding and we are winning the war in Iraq. Secondly, I would make sure that we do what we can to help reconstruct the country, to help the Maliki government move forward as rapidly as possible to train the police.

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

John McCain: I would much rather lose a campaign than lose a war

Q: The biggest issue between Hillary and you clearly is the war in Iraq. You strongly support the troop surge. She wants to start pulling the troops out. Is that a winner for Republicans in 2008?

A: I donít know. And I canít be concerned. Because I know too many brave young Americans that are serving and sacrificing in Iraq, as we speak. I would much rather lose a campaign than lose a war.

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

Tim Mahoney: Win the peace in Iraq

Source: 2006 House campaign website, timmahoneyforflorida.com Nov 7, 2006

Betty Castor: Would have let Bush use force in Iraq with given information

Q: Would you have supported the 2002 congressional resolution authorizing Bush to use force in Iraq?

CASTOR: Based on the information Congress had at the time, Iíd have voted for it. Iím glad we got rid of Saddam and am proud of our troops in Iraq. They must have all the equipment and resources necessary to protect themselves and restore order. To move forward, Bush should work with NATO to establish a multinational force headed by the US, as we did in Afghanistan. We need a strong alliance to restore order in Iraq and ease the burden on US troops and taxpayers.

MARTINEZ: I firmly believe the decision to use force in Iraq was necessary. In the days following 9/11, we discovered the strength of al-Qaida and the severity of the terrorist attacks. We could defeat terrorists where they live or continue to respond to their attacks on our soil. The confluences of WMD, terrorists willing to strike our homeland, and countries that harbor terrorists create the need for the US to act.

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

Mel Martinez: The decision to use force in Iraq was necessary

Q: Would you have supported the 2002 congressional resolution authorizing Bush to use force in Iraq?

CASTOR: Based on the information Congress had at the time, Iíd have voted for it. Iím glad we got rid of Saddam and am proud of our troops in Iraq. They must have all the equipment and resources necessary to protect themselves and restore order. To move forward, Bush should work with NATO to establish a multinational force headed by the US, as we did in Afghanistan. We need a strong alliance to restore order in Iraq and ease the burden on US troops and taxpayers.

MARTINEZ: I firmly believe the decision to use force in Iraq was necessary. In the days following 9/11, we discovered the strength of al-Qaida and the severity of the terrorist attacks. We could defeat terrorists where they live or continue to respond to their attacks on our soil. The confluences of WMD, terrorists willing to strike our homeland, and countries that harbor terrorists create the need for the US to act.

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

Betty Castor: Finish the job in Iraq, repair relations with other nations

Now that the US is in Iraq, it has to finish the job, but it also has to repair relations with other nations. We have got to continue to fight to get back that high ground and that respect among other nations.
Source: Florida Senate Debate, on News4Jax.com Oct 19, 2004

Mel Martinez: Iraq was the right decision with or without WMD

Iraq was the right decision whether or not Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. He certainly had the intent and had been supporting terrorists.
Source: Florida Senate Debate, on News4Jax.com Oct 19, 2004

Jeb Bush: God grants liberty only to ready to defend it

Last month, we welcomed home almost 2,000 soldiers of the Florida National Guard from the war on terror. Some won't make it home. It has been said, "God grants liberty only to those who love it and are always ready to defend it." Because of the thousands who continue the fight, America will always be free.

We must acknowledge the great debt we owe patriots like [our lost soldiers]. We should honor their service by ensuring that our actions, both in and out of this chamber, are worthy of their sacrifice. We must serve this state as honorably and effectively as they serve this country. I believe we are on the right path.

Source: 2004 State of the State speech to the Florida Legislature Mar 2, 2004

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