State of Georgia Archives: on Foreign Policy


Jon Ossoff: Supports Israel, continuing U.S. military aid

He's a supporter of J Street, the liberal pro-Israel group. They supported him too: During his 2017 campaign for House of Representatives, J-Street's political action committee donated tens of thousands of dollars into his campaign. Foreign policy hasn't been a major issue in his races, but he's spoken to J Street's Atlanta chapter. Ossoff has stated that he's a supporter of Israel and continued U.S. military aid to the Jewish state.
Source: The Jewish Forward on 2020 Georgia Senate race Nov 6, 2020

David Perdue: Voted against blocking arm sales to Saudi Arabia

Q: Support blocking arms sales to Saudi Arabia?

Perdue: No. Voted in U.S. Senate against resolution blocking Saudi arms sales.

Ossoff: Yes. Reject "regime that executes political dissidents, executes people for their sexuality" and brutally murders journalists.

Source: CampusElect on 2020 Georgia Senate race Nov 3, 2020

Jon Ossoff: Supports blocking arm sales to Saudi Arabia

Q: Support blocking arms sales to Saudi Arabia?

Ossoff: Yes. Reject "regime that executes political dissidents, executes people for their sexuality" and brutally murders journalists.

Perdue: No. Voted in U.S. Senate against resolution blocking Saudi arms sales.

Source: CampusElect on 2020 Georgia Senate race Nov 3, 2020

Shane Hazel: US in 150 countries is for international aristocrats

Source: Ballotpedia Candidate Connection on 2020 Georgia Senate race Aug 1, 2020

Kelly Loeffler: Supported moving US Embassy to Jerusalem

Loeffler backed Trump's decision to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, writing in a position paper that she will "continue to advocate for it remaining there." She also made clear that she was in favor of Trump's Middle East peace proposal. She did not explicitly lean one way or the other regarding the potential annexation of portions of the West Bank.
Source: The Jewish Insider on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Jun 11, 2020

Jon Ossoff: US should play active role in Israel/Palestine diplomacy

On Mideast: "[Israeli Prime Minister] Netanyahu and [Palestinian Authority President] Abbas are total failures," Ossoff added. He emphasized that he was "strongly committed to Israel's security as a homeland for the Jewish people."

"The U.S. should play an active and constructive role in setting the table for and leading the parties toward constructive diplomacy to put land disputes behind them," he told JI, "so that all people who inhabit this region can live in peace and prosperity and security."

Source: The Jewish Insider on 2020 Georgia Senate race Jun 5, 2020

Doug Collins: Going to stand with America against China

On China: "I'm going to stand with America," Collins continued, adding that he was "tired of [China] trying to steal pharmaceuticals" and was "tired of letting their own country be locked down while they send people out of the country and then they lie about it to the world."
Source: Fox News on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race May 17, 2020

Teresa Tomlinson: My support for Israel is unshakable

Source: 2020 Georgia Senate campaign website, TeresaTomlinson.com Jan 12, 2020

Teresa Tomlinson: Restore and support our traditional alliances

Restore America's reputation as a stalwart, trusted member of any international treaty or agreement. Support policies that rebuild and restore traditional alliances with allies of the United States. Support policies and efforts to bring the long-standing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to a safe, stable and honorable end.
Source: 2020 Georgia Senate campaign website, TeresaTomlinson.com Jan 12, 2020

Matt Lieberman: Strong supporter of Israel & two-state solution

Lieberman is a strong supporter of Israel and the US-Israel alliance, a critic of the Palestinian Authority, and a strong detractor of the Iran deal. "The two-state solution is still a goal to have to try to pursue. It's been difficult to pursue primarily because the good faith and true intentions of the other parties has come into serious question." When asked which parties he was referring to, Lieberman said, "Specifically, the Palestinians, the Palestinian Authority."
Source: Times of Israel on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Nov 15, 2019

Matt Lieberman: We should be sticking by our allies

On foreign policy, Lieberman expressed concern that Trump had "completely sold out" the Kurds, whom he described as a "reliable [and] heroic ally of the United States under difficult circumstances." In his view, "we should be sticking by our allies." Lieberman went on to "extend that thought to the issue of our alliance with Israel and one of the concerns it's fair to have when it comes to this president is that no one really knows where he is going to be tomorrow and that's problematic."
Source: JewishInsider.com on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Oct 24, 2019

Matt Lieberman: Will abide by ethics rules concerning father's lobbying work

As a registered ZTE lobbyist, Joe Lieberman has played a behind-the-scenes role in the company's efforts in Washington. Matt Lieberman promises there is a wall between his father's ZTE work and his campaign advisory role. "If I am fortunate enough to be trusted with this Senate seat by the people of Georgia, I will, of course, abide stringently by all Senate ethics rules," he said. "If there's ever a gray area, I will err on the side of propriety."
Source: Atlanta Jewish Times on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Oct 21, 2019

Stacey Abrams: We've returned to isolationism, driven by fear-mongering

I no longer believe that there is this bright line between domestic and foreign policy. I think what we have seen play out in the last few years has shown us just how thin that line is, if the line exists at all. You cannot be an effective leader in domestic policy if you do not understand how foreign policy not only informs, but sometimes challenges and pushes into relief the tensions that exist. And so, yes, I care a lot about foreign policy and have been doing it for a while.

We've, unfortunately, returned to what can often be cast as sort of the know-nothing time of our foreign policy. When we were an isolationist country, that is much of what we're seeing now, only instead of it being grounded in a sense that America is stronger by itself it's actually couched more, I believe, because of the leader we have, in racism and xenophobia and sexism and homophobia, misogyny. And it's driven by a fear-mongering that is undermining exactly who we should be.

Source: Council on Foreign Relations on 2022 Georgia Governor race May 10, 2019

Stacey Abrams: Our moral credibility in the world has been diminished

My deepest fear is that we will have to take a long time to restore our position in the world because our moral credibility has been diminished. It is a matter of degree, not of difference. We have to remember that in the United States it looks slightly different, but we have a Muslim ban on entry, we have undervalued and mistreated voters right here at home, and we have allowed the blossoming of laws that have systematically suppressed minority rights and minority votes.
Source: Council on Foreign Relations on 2022 Georgia Governor race May 10, 2019

Stacey Abrams: Representation matters in our foreign service

As of 2018, our Foreign Service corps was 88% white and two-thirds male. That has not always been so. Under George Bush, George W. Bush, Clinton, Obama, we actually saw a diversification of our foreign policy corps in a way that was truly reflective of who we are as America. Representation matters, but also the diversity of ideas and our ability to engage. When we send our foreign corps to the Middle East, having women who can have conversations with other women is an important consideration.
Source: Council on Foreign Relations on 2022 Georgia Governor race May 10, 2019

Stacey Abrams: Concerned China building infrastructure, relationships

What China is doing with infrastructure, it is deeply concerning because that type of largess comes with obligations. There is a good to building infrastructure in place where colonization and disinvestment has disrupted development. But I think we should be deeply concerned about how it's coming into being. We need to be prepared to intercede when the bill comes due. Because China understands what they're doing. They are building out not only infrastructure but relationships.
Source: Council on Foreign Relations on 2022 Georgia Governor race May 10, 2019

David Perdue: Defends Trump on Putin; must engage with Russia

On Russia policy: "I think President Trump has done a great job in going over and meeting with Putin," said Perdue, one of the president's biggest boosters. "What he says coming out of that [the press conference], I think, is minor news relative to the bigger picture, and that is we are re-engaging with someone in the world that can be very dangerous and we have to engage with them."
Source: RollCall.com on 2020 Georgia Senate race Jul 18, 2018

David Perdue: National debt impacts our foreign policy

America's foreign policy has depended on three precepts: development, diplomacy and defense. The debt jeopardize our ability to fund them. I've traveled around the world to meet with our troops, foreign leaders and diplomats, so I've seen the impact the debt is having on America's ability to lead globally. When Defense Secretary James Mattis said, "if you don't fund the State Department fully, then I need to buy more ammunition," he summed up how the debt is impacting our entire foreign policy.
Source: OpEd in USA Today for 2020 Georgia Senate race Oct 5, 2017

David Perdue: US should provide aid to encourage development

On foreign aid: "As we work to combat a myriad of threats around the world, we must continue America's role as a global humanitarian leader," said Perdue. "After years of failed policies and weak leadership abroad, there is still much work to do to reengage with the rest of the world and encourage development. A great place to start is with improving the effectiveness of foreign assistance."
Source: U.S. Global Leadership Coalition on 2020 Georgia Senate race Aug 25, 2017

Jon Ossoff: Defend the NATO alliance & multinational military exercises

While on Capitol Hill, Jon worked on classified naval, cyber, air, and counterrorism programs. He embarked with the US Navy during multinational military exercises, worked closely with senior officers to improve readiness and capabilities, and helped draft annual defense legislation.

Jon will investigate Russian interference in American politics and defend the NATO alliance, which remains essential to our national security. He will stand with our allies and oppose Russian meddling in Europe.

Source: 2017 Georgia House campaign website, ElectJon.com Apr 21, 2017

Jim Barksdale: Use all the tools of diplomacy in the pursuit of peace

While there is a role for Americans to fight alongside other nations to address global conflicts, Jim believes we must move beyond a time where we are involved in wars of choice, like Iraq, rather than limiting our actions to those that are key to our national interest and security, like Afghanistan after 9/11.

In the U.S. Senate, Jim will be a voice for using all the tools of diplomacy in the pursuit of peace--including trade deals that provide an equal playing field for American workers and enhance our exports-- and work to end U.S. military involvement in wars that our not ours to fight, as doing so can make matters worse and ultimately leave our country less safe.

Source: 2016 Georgia Senate campaign website JimBarksdale.com Aug 8, 2016

Derrick Grayson: 900 military bases in 150 countries is an empire

Source: 2016 Georgia Senate campaign website, grayson2016.com Oct 9, 2015

Allen Buckley: We face significant problems, including foreign intervention

Libertarian enters Senate race: "My campaign will emphasize the real issues and provide solutions to the significant problems our country faces, including excessive debt, entitlements, regulation and foreign intervention," Buckley said.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution on 2016 Georgia Senate race Oct 7, 2015

Jason Carter: Declares his powerful connection to Israel

Like many candidates, Jason Carter, the Democratic nominee for governor in Georgia, is courting the Jewish vote. But when Carter, a state senator, declared his "powerful connection" to Israel, it was more than a campaign sound bite. It was a not-so-subtle attempt to distance himself from a man he has loved and admired since boyhood: his grandfather, former President Jimmy Carter.

The former president's views on Israel are not the only ones to make his grandson squirm. Of the elder Carter's call to ban the death penalty, his grandson said, "I love my grandfather, but we disagree."

The elder Mr. Carter has plunged into his grandson's campaign. "He got elected governor of Georgia by shaking 600,000 hands," the younger Mr. Carter said. "That's what he would tell you: 'You've got to go to the grocery store and shake everybody's hand.' "

Source: N.Y. Times on 2014 Georgia gubernatorial race Jul 26, 2014

Michelle Nunn: Our military is but one element of our national power

We need to use all the tools at our disposal. It is imperative that we continue to play a role in preserving global order and promoting safety and prosperity when and where we can. But we don't need to shoulder this burden alone or rely exclusively on our military--we have a host of allies who share our interests and more tools at our disposal to accomplish our objectives than any other country.

I also believe that we should be judicious before employing the awesome power of America's military and sending our fighting men and women into harm's way on our behalf. Our military is but one element of our national power; we have significant resources, such as our economic strength, our global competitiveness, and our diplomatic power that allow us to secure our interests.

Source: 2014 Georgia Senate campaign website, MichelleNunn.com Jul 2, 2014

Karen Handel: FactCheck: Only $2.2M on USAID pottery in Morocco, not $27M

Handel has started an "Only in Washington" website highlighting government waste. Day 8's item: "Only in Washington would politicians spend $27 million to teach Moroccans how to make pottery. While Morocco is no doubt a lovely place, we have families in Georgia that are being hurt by high taxes fueling out of control spending. What's worse is that the program was deemed a failure."

The facts: In 2009, USAID began a $30 million, four-year plan to help increase the economic competitiveness of Morocco. A key part of the project included training Moroccans to create pottery to sell domestically as well as internationally. But the pottery program was riddled with problems and its intended focus on women and youths was not fulfilled. Of the $27 million, the pottery training was only a fraction of the cost--about 8% of the total program. Some may still consider that amount, $2.2 million, a large expense for pottery training and promotion, but it is not close to the $27 million that Handel claimed.

Source: PolitiFact AdWatch on 2014 Georgia Senate debate Aug 7, 2013

Sonny Perdue: Lead business & trade delegation to Cuba

Governor Sonny Perdue will lead a 43-person delegation in a business mission to explore trade opportunities with Cuba, the Governor's office announced today. The group will leave for Havana Sunday, June 6 and return to Georgia Tuesday, June 8.

"Our intent with this mission is to develop relationships that can bring more business for our companies and for the state," said Governor Perdue. "The global accessibility we can provide through the Georgia Ports and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport already position Georgia as a prime trade partner for Cuba, and open other economic development opportunities for us as well."

Governor Perdue will lead the group in a business roundtable with Alimport, Cuba's primary purchasing agency for commodities, on June 7. The Governor will also meet with senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Relations and other Cuban government leaders.

Source: Georgia voting records: press release on Mission to Cuba Jun 4, 2010

Karen Handel: Join state business mission to China

Governor Sonny Perdue is pleased to announce details of the business mission to the People's Republic of China, March 30-April 5, 2008 that he mentioned in his State of the State speech. After business calls in Shanghai, the Governor will travel to Beijing to open Georgia's 11th economic development office outside the U.S. Joining Governor Perdue will be Secretary of State Karen Handel, senior officials from the General Assembly, the Department of Economic Development, the University System, and the Georgia Ports Authority, and business leaders from throughout the state.

"Our office in Beijing will join our global commerce teams in cities all over the world, making Georgia an even more desirable location for foreign direct investment and tourism while facilitating the entry of Georgia businesses into foreign markets," said Governor Sonny Perdue.

China was Georgia's third-largest export destination at $1.1 billion in 2006.

Source: Georgia voting records: press release on Mission to China Jan 18, 2008

Sonny Perdue: Lead business & trade delegation to China

Governor Sonny Perdue is pleased to announce details of the business mission to the People's Republic of China, March 30-April 5, 2008 that he mentioned in his State of the State speech. The Governor will participate in Delta Air Lines' inaugural daily service between Atlanta and Shanghai. After business calls in Shanghai, the Governor will travel to Beijing to open Georgia's 11th economic development office outside the U.S. Joining Governor Perdue will be senior state officials and business leaders from throughout the state.

"Our office in Beijing will join our global commerce teams in cities all over the world, making Georgia an even more desirable location for foreign direct investment and tourism while facilitating the entry of Georgia businesses into foreign markets," said Governor Sonny Perdue.

China was Georgia's third-largest export destination at $1.1 billion in 2006.

Source: Georgia voting records: press release on Mission to China Jan 18, 2008

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