Jon Huntsman on Homeland Security
Republican UT Governor
Cain: I don't see it as torture. I would return to that policy.
Bachmann: I would be willing to use waterboarding. I think it was very effective. Barack Obama is allowing the ACLU to run the CIA.
Paul: Well, waterboarding is torture. And it's illegal under international law and under our law. It's also immoral. And it's also very impractical.
Huntsman: This country has values. We have a name brand in the world. I've lived overseas four times. We diminish our standing in the world and the values that we project which include liberty, democracy, human rights, and open markets when we torture. We should not torture. Waterboarding is torture. We dilute ourselves down like a whole lot of other countries. And we lose that ability to project values that a lot of people in corners of this world are still relying on the United States to stand up for them.
SANTORUM: We created the Department of Homeland Security because there was a complete mess in the internal [workings] in protecting our country.
HUNTSMAN: The greatest gift we could give this country on the 10th year anniversary of 9-11 is a Homeland Security Department that really works, that doesn't give people a sense when they walk through they're going to get shaken down, a department that doesn't make us all feel like there's a fortress security mentality that is not American. And I've got to say there's something wrong with that.
HUNTSMAN: I think we've lost our confidence as a country. I think we have had our innocence shattered. I think, 10 years later, we look at the situation and we say, we have 100,000 troops in Afghanistan. This is not about nation-building in Afghanistan. This is about nation-building at home. Our core is broken. We are weak. We have got to strengthen ourselves. I say we've got to bring those troops home.