State of Wisconsin Archives: on War & Peace


Hillary Clinton: My 2002 vote for Iraq war does not impact ISIS plan today

SANDERS: Secretary Clinton has enormous experience in foreign affairs. But judgment matters as well. And she and I looked at the same evidence coming from the Bush administration regarding Iraq. I led the opposition against it. She voted for it. But more importantly, in terms of this Libya resolution that you have noted before, this was a virtually unanimous consent. Everybody voted for it wanting to see Libya move toward democracy, of course we all wanted to do that.

CLINTON: I do not believe a vote in 2002 [for the Iraq war] is a plan to defeat ISIS in 2016. It's important we focus on the threats we face today. When people vote, they are voting for the commander-in- chief. It's important that people look at who is best prepared for dealing with them. Senator Obama, when he ran against me, was against the war in Iraq. Yet he turned to me, trusting my judgment, my experience, to become secretary of state.

Source: 2016 PBS Democratic debate in Wisconsin Feb 11, 2016

Hillary Clinton: Do not negotiate with Iran about Syria

SANDERS: The agreement on a cease-fire is something that has to be implemented more quickly than the schedule the Russians agreed to. The Russians wanted time. Are they buying time to continue their bombardment on behalf of the Assad regime to further decimate what's left of the opposition, which would be a grave disservice to any kind of eventual cease-fire?

CLINTON: This is one of the areas I've disagreed with Senator Sanders on, who has called for Iranian troops trying to end civil war in Syria, which I think would be a grave mistake. Putting Iranian troops right on the border of the Golan right next to Israel would be a nonstarter for me. Trying to get Iran and Saudi Arabia to work together, as he has suggested in the past, is equally a nonstarter.

Source: 2016 PBS Democratic debate in Wisconsin Feb 11, 2016

Tammy Baldwin: End the Afghan war & end nation-building

Baldwin, if elected, "would end the war in Afghanistan, make it illegal for drug companies to profit from Medicare Part D, get rid of corporate welfare for big farms and big oil."

Responding to questions on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Thompson noted he'd helped build a hospital in Afghanistan for women and children. Baldwin called building hospitals a part of "nation building." However, both candidates favored ending the war in Afghanistan.

Source: Madison Agri-View on 2012 Wisconsin Senate debates Oct 4, 2012

Tommy Thompson: Helped build a hospital in Afghanistan for women & children

Baldwin, if elected, "would end the war in Afghanistan, make it illegal for drug companies to profit from Medicare Part D, get rid of corporate welfare for big farms and big oil."

Responding to questions on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Thompson noted he'd helped build a hospital in Afghanistan for women and children. Baldwin called building hospitals a part of "nation building." However, both candidates favored ending the war in Afghanistan.

Source: Madison Agri-View on 2012 Wisconsin Senate debates Oct 4, 2012

Mark Neumann: Congressional Declaration of War for any use of force

Question 14. Will you only support going to war when a formal declaration of war is passed by the House of Representatives and repudiate "authorizations to use force" or any other delegation of war declaration powers to any other body?

Mark Neumann: Yes

Tommy Thompson: Yes

Source: 2012 Wisconsin Tea Party Senate Debate Questionnaire Aug 13, 2012

Tommy Thompson: Congressional Declaration of War for any use of force

Question 14. Will you only support going to war when a formal declaration of war is passed by the House of Representatives and repudiate "authorizations to use force" or any other delegation of war declaration powers to any other body?

Mark Neumann: Yes

Tommy Thompson: Yes

Source: 2012 Wisconsin Tea Party Senate Debate Questionnaire Aug 13, 2012

Mark Neumann: Mideast stability so gasoline prices don't go even higher

Neumann took his politics overseas when it comes to policy in the Middle East. "If that is disrupted in that part of the world, we are going to see our gasoline prices go even higher," announced Neumann.
Source: WTMJ & Journal-Sentinel on 2012 Wisconsin Senate debate Apr 11, 2012

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