Jim Gilmore on Foreign Policy

Senate challenger 2008; previously Republican Governor (VA)


I have experience in domestic policy AND foreign policy

Q: You haven't held public office in 13 years. Is it time for new blood?

GILMORE: Because of Obama and Clinton policies, the US is moving further and further into a decline. I want to reverse that decline. That's why I've entered this race, and I think I have the experience to do it. Former elected prosecutor, attorney general, governor, I was elected to all of those offices. A person who, in fact, has a long experience in foreign policy issues. I was an Army intelligence agent and a veteran during the Cold War, assigned to West Germany. I was the chairman of the National Commission on Homeland Security and Terrorism for five years. I dealt extensively with these homeland security issues. I was a governor during the 9/11 attack. I understand both of these issues, how to build the economy and doing that as a governor who'd built jobs, had cut taxes and also a governor who understands foreign policy, and that's why I entered this race.

Source: Fox News/Facebook Second Tier debate transcript , Aug 6, 2015

Pursue terrorists into Pakistan, but maintain secrecy

Gilmore, who chaired a federal homeland security commission in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, agreed with Warner that US troops should have the right to enter Pakistan in search of terrorists. But Gilmore also stressed that Pakistan remains a US ally. “I think I would not sit here in an open forum today and say and describe the country of Pakistan as one of the great potential threats,” Gilmore said.
Source: 2008 VA Senate debate reported in Washington Post , Sep 19, 2008

Let the world know that we have their interests at heart

Q: Do you believe that America’s unpopularity throughout the world is a legitimate concern?

A: Yes, this is a concern because we need others to further freedom and security in the world.

Q: How can it be rectified without disavowing our foreign policy?

A: We need to let people across the world know that we have their interests at heart, as we did during the Cold War. This helps American interests.

Source: Live Chat with Jim Gilmore on his campaign blog , Apr 26, 2007

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