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Deborah Ross: Committed to defeating ISIS, with our international partners

America faces the threat of terrorism at home and abroad. Deborah is committed to defeating ISIS. Deborah is committed to defeating global terrorism. Nothing is more important than the safety and security of our families and as Senator, she will make this a top priority.

She believes that we must act together with our allies in the global community, balance Americans' right to privacy with our national security needs, and show strength and compassion to displaced families whose lives have been torn apart by brutal regimes and the horrors of war. We can protect Americans from global threats while upholding the values our country was built on.

In the U.S. Senate, Deborah will work to keep America's families safe from threats at home and abroad by working with our international partners to address national security threats. [Source: www.deborahross.com/issues ]

Source: Vote-NC.org profile for 2016 North Carolina Senate race Aug 8, 2016

Richard Burr: We have effective oversight of CIA and drone strikes

The CIA has become a premier actor in the conduct of American foreign policy. Although President Obama has insisted that the CIA and Special Operations Forces take every precaution to avoid civilian casualties, drone strikes have resulted in numerous deaths of Pakistani, Afghan and Yemeni civilians. An investigation of American drone strikes in Yemen, for example, has concluded that the Obama administration did not follow its own rules to avoid civilian casualties.

Yet, Sen. Burr recently crowed: "I believe we do an incredibly effective oversight job on all of the CIA's programs. And there is no program that receives the level of oversight as the ones we carry out in Pakistan."

Look for Sen. Burr to go about the country pretending to know all about sensitive intelligence matters; but, alas, he is not free to discuss them. This is the perfect foil for an unaccountable public official, if he is allowed to get away with it.

Source: Huffington Post coverage of 2016 North Carolina Senate race May 29, 2015

Thom Tillis: Withdrawing too quickly from Iraq left vacuum for ISIS

Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan and Republican rival Thom Tillis are challenging each other again on what to do about the new terror threat overseas.

Hagan told Tillis at their second debate he's waffling on what he would do about eliminating the Islamic State militant group. The state House speaker says Hagan allowed President Obama to withdraw troops too quickly from Iraq and created a vacuum.

Source: WFMY News 2 on 2014 North Carolina Senate debate Oct 8, 2014

Kay Hagan: Supports Obama's anti-ISIS strategy

Thom Tillis is out with a hard-hitting new ad blaming Sen. Hagan for keeping quiet as Pres. Obama took his time to respond to ISIS. The ad argues Obama was slow to recognize the threat from ISIS, and it argues that Hagan has missed half the Senate Armed Services Committee's hearings this year. "While ISIS grew Obama kept waiting and Kay Hagan kept quiet. The price for their failure is danger," the ad's narrator says.

Hagan's camp fired back that Tillis has offered no plan on how to destroy ISIS. "Tillis is desperate to distract from the fact that while he has no position on how to eliminate ISIS and his comments have been called 'waffling' and 'vague.' Kay has been decisive and clear about what action must be taken to destroy these terrorists," said a Hagan spokesman. "Just last week Speaker Tillis admitted that he doesn't know what we should or shouldn't do to eradicate ISIS. North Carolinians--especially our servicemembers--deserve better than Speaker Tillis' spineless fence-sitting."

Source: The Hill AdWatch on 2014 North Carolina Senate race Sep 29, 2014

Thom Tillis: Too little is known about Syrian rebels to arm them

Thom Tillis is out with a hard-hitting new ad arguing that President Obama was slow to recognize the threat from ISIS. "While ISIS grew Obama kept waiting and Kay Hagan kept quiet. The price for their failure is danger," the ad says.

Hagan's camp fired back, "Speaker Tillis has no position on how to eliminate ISIS and his comments have been called 'waffling' and 'vague.' Kay has been decisive and clear," said a Hagan spokesman.

Tillis had said he didn't know if it was good to arm the Syria groups to hit the airwaves since ISIS became a major campaign issue this month. Tillis was one of the first Republicans to jump on the issue, criticizing Hagan in their first debate over Obama's dismissal of ISIS as the "J.V. team."

Source: The Hill AdWatch on 2014 North Carolina Senate race Sep 29, 2014

Kay Hagan: US should have more quickly armed the moderate Syrian rebels

Hagan distanced herself from Obama on U.S. policy in Iraq and Syria, saying the U.S. should have moved more quickly to arm the moderate Syrian rebels. The failure to do that, she said, allowed extremists to grow and gain power in the region.

Tillis, for his part, demonstrated a surprising fluency on foreign policy matters for a state lawmaker, discussing the roots of the militants fighting in Iraq and Syria and criticizing the president for failing to develop a strategy to combat them. "Kay Hagan has allowed it to happen," he added.

Source: CBS News on 2014 North Carolina Senate debate Sep 3, 2014

Thom Tillis: US should have more quickly armed the moderate Syrian rebels

Hagan distanced herself from Obama on U.S. policy in Iraq and Syria, saying the U.S. should have moved more quickly to arm the moderate Syrian rebels. The failure to do that, she said, allowed extremists to grow and gain power in the region.

Tillis, for his part, demonstrated a surprising fluency on foreign policy matters for a state lawmaker, discussing the roots of the militants fighting in Iraq and Syria and criticizing the president for failing to develop a strategy to combat them. "Kay Hagan has allowed it to happen," he added.

Source: CBS News on 2014 North Carolina Senate debate Sep 3, 2014

Sean Haugh: Opposes US military intervention abroad

In the first ever US Senate Libertarian candidates forum, Sean Haugh outlined several areas where his views contrasted with those of his opponent, Tim D'Annunzio, including:
Source: 2014 North Carolina Senate campaign website, SeanHaugh.com Jul 2, 2014

Sean Haugh: Stay out of the Russia-Ukraine imbroglio

Haugh and D'Annunzio are the first Libertarian candidates for US Senate to appear on a primary ballot in North Carolina. They agree on dramatic cutbacks in government reach, strong Second Amendment rights, staying out of the Russia-Ukraine imbroglio, repealing ObamaCare, and scrapping Common Core curriculum standards, the Patriot Act, and the Federal Reserve. But Haugh and D'Annunzio hold different views on abortion, legalizing drugs, the scope of US military action, and immigration controls.
Source: Carolina Journal on 2014 North Carolina Senate debate Apr 8, 2014

Sean Haugh: Iraq exit plan is to find a door and exit

For those concerned about splitting the vote, Haugh said, the antiwar themes in his campaign would place him to the left of Hagan, making it more likely he would drain votes from her. Both candidates said it is time to end our military engagements in Iraq and Afghanistan. "We need to just get out. My exit plan is to find a door and exit," Haugh said. The United States is using its military might at the behest of other nations for "control of resources," he said.
Source: Carolina Journal on 2014 North Carolina Senate debate Apr 8, 2014

Richard Hudson: No timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan

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

A: Yes.

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

A: No.

Source: North Carolina Congressional 2012 Political Courage Test Oct 30, 2012

Richard Hudson: Military force OK to prevent Iranian nukes

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

A: Yes. The last thing anyone wants is to have to use military force in Iran. However, Pres. Obama's policy is a failure. The best way to ensure that military force is not used is to have Iran believe we will use it. By taking that option off the table, by creating doubt about our support for Israel and by showing weakness in dealing with bad actors around the globe, Obama has made the world a more dangerous place.

Source: North Carolina Congressional 2012 Political Courage Test Oct 30, 2012

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