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Carol Moseley-Braun on Foreign Policy


Experience as ambassador to New Zealand needed now

Q: Could you explain how your experience as Ambassador to New Zealand will help you perform the duties of President.

A: My first engagement with foreign policy came as a European Community Visitors Programme Scholar, during which I studied trade and the formulation of the GATT. As an Illinois state legislator I was an active advocate for worldwide human rights, and was the first to file legislation calling for the end of South African apartheid. When I was confirmed as Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, I was able to advance US interests, and was applauded for my work by the New Zealanders. I bring this cumulative experience to bear on my candidacy for the democratic nomination at a time our country most needs someone who appreciates the value of "working well with others" to secure American interests around the world.

Source: Concord Monitor / WashingtonPost.com on-line Q&A Nov 6, 2003

Reach out to our hemisphere instead of pandering to fear

We should be reaching out to the rest of this hemisphere. We should be welcoming people to this country. And instead of pandering to fear, as the Bush-Ashcroft administration has done, they have pandered to fear since 9/11 and they use that as an excuse really to shut down opportunities for people to share in the American dream who want to, hardworking people who are willing to contribute-and who are contributing to this country.
Source: Democratic Primary Debate, Albuquerque New Mexico Sep 4, 2003

Voted NO on limiting the President's power to impose economic sanctions.

To kill a proposal limiting President Clinton's ability to impose economic sanctions on foreign nations.
Status: Motion to Table Agreed to Y)53; N)46; NV)1
Reference: Motion to table the Lugar Amdt #3156.; Bill S. 2159 ; vote number 1998-201 on Jul 15, 1998

Voted NO on limiting NATO expansion to only Poland, Hungary & Czech.

This amendment would have limited NATO Expansion to only include Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic.
Status: Amdt Rejected Y)41; N)59
Reference: NATO Expansion limit-Warner Amdt. #2322; Bill NATO Expansion Treaty #105-36 ; vote number 1998-112 on Apr 30, 1998

Voted YES on $17.9 billion to IMF.

Would provide $17.9 billion for the International Monetary Fund.
Status: Amdt Agreed to Y)84; N)16
Reference: McConnell Amdt #2100; Bill S. 1768 ; vote number 1998-44 on Mar 26, 1998

Voted NO on Strengthening of the trade embargo against Cuba.

Strengthening of the trade embargo against Cuba.
Status: Conf Rpt Agreed to Y)74; N)22; NV)4
Reference: Conference Report on H.R. 927; Bill H.R. 927 ; vote number 1996-22 on Mar 5, 1996

Voted NO on ending Vietnam embargo.

Ending U.S. trade embargos on the country of Vietnam.
Status: Amdt Agreed to Y)62; N)38
Reference: For. Reltns. Auth. Act FY 94 & 95; Bill S. 1281 ; vote number 1994-5 on Jan 27, 1994

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