State of Oklahoma Archives: on Homeland Security


Matt Silverstein: Support the strongest, most dominant military in the world

Matt supports the United States having the strongest, most dominant military in the world. He agrees with the Joint Chiefs that we need to modernize the military, stop paying for redundant and antiquated weapons systems, and always make sure our brave troops always have the best protection.

Matt is concerned about military readiness due to inefficiencies and redundancies. This reflects the broken culture in Washington DC of constant conflict as opposed to working together in creative cooperation. There's no excuse for our military to be inefficient and Matt will work every day to fight for Oklahoma's military installations, which are being devastated by partisanship and gridlock. Partisan finger pointing is obnoxious and it doesn't advance our collective goal to secure our nation and strengthen Oklahoma's economy with smart investments. Matt believes we need to consolidate redundant programs and zero out ineffective or outdated programs.

Source: 2014 Senate campaign website, MattForOklahoma.com, "Issues" Nov 11, 2013

Jim Bridenstine: Smart defense reductions; don't jeopardize national security

In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?

A: No.

Q: Do you support reducing Medicaid spending?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support reducing Medicare spending?

A: Yes.

Q: Is balancing the budget a legislative priority?

A: Yes. We must balance our national budget. Our debt is unsustainable, jeopardizing our ability to attract capital needed to expand our economy and create jobs. Politicians often get re-elected by making promises which can't be kept. However, retired people and those nearing retirement have counted upon these promises. Therefore, people 55 or older should be protected from benefit reductions. I support smart reductions in defense spending that don't jeopardize national security.

Source: Oklahoma Congressional 2012 Political Courage Test Oct 30, 2012

Andrew Rice: Shift defense resources from Iraq to destroying terrorists

Once the Iraq Civil War is no longer draining American lives and our treasury, the US can refocus more fully on identifying and destroying terrorist cells around the world. In 2003, America enjoyed one of its greatest successes since Sept. 11 when our intelligence forces cooperated with Pakistani intelligence to capture Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks. This surgical raid in a Pakistani village five years ago serves as an example of American strength against terror.
Source: 2008 Senate campaign website andrewforoklahoma.com “Details” Jul 11, 2008

Andrew Rice: Divest from terrorist states like we divested for apartheid

Q: And how has your voting record reflected your opinions on the war?

A: Well, on the war, there’s really no direct vote on the state level. Although somewhat related to it; I had a bill this year that the Republicans blocked. The bill would have had our state retirement pension plans, the judge retirements, the teacher retirements, all of our big state retirement plans that are invested in mutual funds, that would have forced us to divest our retirements out of mutual funds that invest in countries that are state sponsors of terrorism. Syria, North Korea, Iran. Our idea is that if they are national security threats, we shouldn’t be economically investing with their governments. And there have been a lot of states that have done these divestment plans. This is what we did in South Africa during Apartheid; we divested the money out of South Africa until they dealt with ending Apartheid. That bill was stopped. So that would have had somewhat of a direct effect on national security issues.

Source: Judd Morse, Ada Evening News on 2008 Oklahoma Senate Debate Jul 9, 2008

Andrew Rice: 9/11: Pressured US government to stay focused on terrorism

After losing his older brother in the World Trade Center attack on 9/11/01, Rice and his family were hopeful that international goodwill toward the US would be converted into a global campaign to reign in terrorists and bring the perpetrators of 9/11 to justice. Rice was involved with other 9/11 families in pressuring the US government to stay focused on terrorism and avoid military adventures in the Middle East, a cauldron of religious conflict for centuries.
Source: 2008 Senate campaign website andrewforoklahoma.com “Details” May 21, 2008

Andrew Rice: Fight to improve the veterans’ health care system

Rice is prepared to ask more Americans, not just our men and women in uniform, to sacrifice to win the war on terror. We cannot overcome the evil of terrorism on the cheap. Rice will ensure that soldiers and veterans receive their full benefits and he will fight to improve the veterans’ health care system so that no deserving soldier is denied treatment. He believes most Americans will agree it is a justifiable expense to honor the men & women who have sacrificed so much in this ongoing war on terror.
Source: 2008 Senate campaign website andrewforoklahoma.com “Details” May 21, 2008

Andrew Rice: Conditions at Walter Reed Hospital are unacceptable

Americans are angered when they hear stories about the military health care and veterans’ health care systems that our troops come home to. The deplorable conditions at Walter Reed Hospital in Bethesda, MD are symptomatic of more pervasive negligence and incompetence throughout the government health care systems supposed to benefit our soldiers and veterans. Rice believes these conditions are unacceptable. The US should spare no expense when it comes to caring for our war veterans and their families.
Source: 2008 Senate campaign website andrewforoklahoma.com “Details” May 21, 2008

Andrew Rice: As 9/11 family, pressured Washington to focus on terrorism

After losing his older brother in the World Trade Center attack on 9/11/01, Andrew Rice and his family were hopeful that international goodwill toward the US would be converted into a global campaign to reign in terrorists and bring the perpetrators of 9/11 to justice. Rice was involved with other 9/11 families in pressuring the US government to stay focused on terrorism. However, he could see that most of the politicians in Washington weren’t listening to the grieving families.
Source: 2008 Senate campaign website andrewforoklahoma.com “Issues” Mar 30, 2008

  • The above quotations are from State of Oklahoma Politicians: Archives.
  • Click here for definitions & background information on Homeland Security.
  • Click here for other issues (main summary page).
2016 Presidential contenders on Homeland Security:
  Republicans:
Amb.John Bolton(MD)
Gov.Jeb Bush(FL)
Dr.Ben Carson(MD)
Gov.Chris Christie(NJ)
Sen.Ted Cruz(TX)
Gov.Mike Huckabee(AR)
Gov.Jon Huntsman(UT)
Gov.Bobby Jindal(LA)
Rep.Peter King(NY)
Gov.Sarah Palin(AK)
Sen.Rand Paul(KY)
Gov.Rick Perry(TX)
Sen.Rob Portman(OH)
Secy.Condi Rice(CA)
Sen.Marco Rubio(FL)
Rep.Paul Ryan(WI)
Sen.Rick Santorum(PA)
Democrats:
Secy.Hillary Clinton(NY)
V.P.Joe Biden(DE)
Gov.Andrew Cuomo(NY)
Mayor Rahm Emanuel(IL)
Gov.Martin O`Malley(MD)
Sen.Bernie Sanders(VT)
Gov.Brian Schweitzer(MT)
Sen.Jim Webb(VA)

2016 Third Party Candidates:
Mayor Michael Bloomberg(I-NYC)
Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Donald Trump(NY)
Gov.Jesse Ventura(I-MN)
Please consider a donation to OnTheIssues.org!
Click for details -- or send donations to:
1770 Mass Ave. #630, Cambridge MA 02140
E-mail: submit@OnTheIssues.org
(We rely on your support!)

Page last updated: Sep 09, 2014