Kay Hagan on War & Peace

Democratic Jr Senator; previously member of State Senate


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

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

End the war in Iraq with a diplomatic surge

Both candidates proclaimed support for the military, but Hagan called for ending the war in Iraq with a “diplomatic surge,” a commonly heard but ill-defined term. Dole was even more vague, expressing frustration with the Bush administration’s handling of the war but worrying that “precipitous withdrawal” would lead to further instability.
Source: 2008 N.C. Senate Debate reported in Greensboro News-Record , Jun 25, 2008

The Iraq war had not made the U.S. safer

On the war in Iraq, which Dole has supported and Hagan has opposed, both muted their position. “We have got to end this war in Iraq,” said Hagan, adding that the war had not made the U.S. safer, had made new enemies and had alienated allies. But she said the war needed to be ended “in a responsible fashion” with the country mounting “a diplomatic surge.”

Dole warned against “a precipitous withdrawal” but said Iraq needs to begin picking up the costs of reconstruction.

Source: 2008 N.C. Senate Debate reported in Raleigh News & Observer , Jun 22, 2008

A responsible withdrawal to re-focus on defeating al Qaeda

The first job of government is keeping the American people safe, and ensuring that we have strong intelligence and homeland security agencies. Kay believes the decision to invade Iraq without a plan, without the proper number of troops, and without prope equipment to keep our troops safe was mismanagement of the highest order. She supports a responsible withdrawal so that we can re-focus on defeating al Qaeda, improving our country’s reputation around the world and rebuilding our military strength.
Source: 2008 Senate campaign website, www.kayhagan.com, “Issues” , May 21, 2008

Iranian nuclear weapons: prevention instead of containment.

Hagan co-sponsored Resolution on Iran's nuclear program

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives, that Congress--
  1. Reaffirms that the US Government has a vital interest in working together to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability;
  2. warns that time is limited to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability;
  3. urges continued and increasing economic and diplomatic pressure on Iran until a full and sustained suspension of all uranium enrichment-related activities;
  4. expresses that the window for diplomacy is closing;
  5. expresses support for the universal rights and democratic aspirations of the people of Iran;
  6. strongly supports US policy to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability;
  7. rejects any US policy that would rely on containment as an option in response to the Iranian nuclear threat.
Source: HRes568/SR41 12-SJR41 on May 24, 2012

Sanctions on Iran to end nuclear program.

Hagan signed Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act

    Expresses the sense of Congress that:
  1. diplomatic efforts to address Iran's illicit nuclear efforts, unconventional and ballistic missile development programs, and support for international terrorism are more likely to be effective if the President is empowered with explicit authority to impose additional sanctions on the government of Iran;
  2. US concerns regarding Iran are strictly the result of that government's actions; and
  3. the people of the United States have feelings of friendship for the people of Iran and regret that developments in recent decades have created impediments to that friendship.
    States that it should be US policy to:
  1. support international diplomatic efforts to end Iran's uranium enrichment program and its nuclear weapons program;
  2. encourage foreign governments to direct state-owned and private entities to cease all investment in, and support of, Iran's energy sector and all exports of refined petroleum products to Iran;
  3. impose sanctions on the Central Bank of Iran and any other Iranian financial institution engaged in proliferation activities or support of terrorist groups; and
  4. work with allies to protect the international financial system from deceptive and illicit practices by Iranian financial institutions involved in proliferation activities or support of terrorist groups.
Source: S.908&HR.2194 2009-S908 on Apr 30, 2009

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