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Stacey Abrams on Homeland Security
Democratic Gubernatorial Challenger
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  • Give military base residents tuition & teaching certificates. (Mar 2017)
Justin Amash on Homeland Security
Independent MI Rep; possible Presidential Challenger
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  • Led fight in House against domestic NSA surveillance. (Nov 2013)
  • Voted NO on extending the PATRIOT Act's roving wiretaps. (Feb 2011)
  • Restrict domestic monitoring of phone calls. (Apr 2015)
  • End bulk data collection under USA PATRIOT Act. (Oct 2013)
Michael Bennet on Homeland Security
Democratic Presidential Challenger; CO Senator
Click here for 9 full quotes by Michael Bennet OR click here for Michael Bennet on other issues.
  • $5T spent in Mideast could've fixed all our infrastructure. (Jul 2019)
  • Boost the defense budget. (Jul 2019)
  • Mixed history on transferring Gitmo prisoners to US prisons. (Oct 2015)
  • No expansion option for 238,000-acre Trinidad training site. (Oct 2010)
  • Increase military size & strength for new types of conflict. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on extending the PATRIOT Act's roving wiretaps. (Feb 2011)
  • Opposes banning homosexuals in the military. (Aug 2010)
  • Repeal Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell, and reinstate discharged gays. (Mar 2010)
  • Exempt Veterans Affairs from federal hiring freeze. (Jan 2017)
Joe Biden on Homeland Security
Former Vice President; previously Democratic Senator (DE)
Click here for 50 full quotes by Joe Biden OR click here for Joe Biden on other issues.
  • Refugee policy is an embarrassment. (Feb 2019)
  • 1991: Favors government "back doors" into encryption. (Aug 2018)
  • Boston Marathon bombers were jihadis, but keep Constitution. (May 2013)
  • Political process to restore a democratic government in Mali. (Feb 2013)
  • We should not cut embassy security funding. (Oct 2012)
  • Caring for veterans is our only sacred obligation. (Oct 2012)
  • 1970s: control CIA from outside; 1980s: time to lay off. (Jun 2012)
  • 1979: Met with Soviet leaders about SALT II Treaty. (Oct 2010)
  • Revealed location of top-secret bunker beneath VP residence. (Jun 2009)
  • We spend same in 3 weeks in Iraq as 7 years in Afghanistan. (Oct 2008)
  • Obama worked with Republicans to reduce nuclear weapons. (Oct 2008)
  • Greatest security threat is from al Qaeda in Pakistan. (Oct 2008)
  • Universal national service, in military or Peace Corps. (Dec 2007)
  • Talks about nations acquiring uranium are more complicated. (Oct 2007)
  • Commitment to never use torture; no part of our policy, ever. (Sep 2007)
  • Missile defense is perfect metaphor for neo-isolationism. (Jul 2007)
  • Urged Pres. Bush to return to Washington on 9/11. (Jul 2007)
  • 1992: No Pax Americana. (Aug 2004)

    Defense Budget

  • Boost the defense budget. (Jul 2019)
  • Invest $275M in Israel's "Iron Dome" & future joint systems. (Mar 2013)
  • National debt comes from putting two wars on a credit card. (Oct 2012)
  • Special Forces instead of M1 tanks. (Oct 2012)
  • Cut $350B in military programs, from Star Wars to F-22ís. (Dec 2007)

    Voting Record

  • Donít Ask Donít Tell is antiquated & unworkable. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted NO on cutting $221M in benefits to Filipinos who served in WWII US Army. (Apr 2008)
  • Voted YES on requiring FISA court warrant to monitor US-to-foreign calls. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted NO on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted YES on limiting soldiers' deployment to 12 months. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted YES on implementing the 9/11 Commission report. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on preserving habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on requiring CIA reports on detainees & interrogation methods. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the PATRIOT Act. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted NO on extending the PATRIOT Act's wiretap provision. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on restricting business with entities linked to terrorism. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted YES on restoring $565M for states' and ports' first responders. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on adopting the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on allowing another round of military base closures. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on cutting nuclear weapons below START levels. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on deploying National Missile Defense ASAP. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted YES on military pay raise of 4.8%. (Feb 1999)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting same-sex basic training. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted YES on favoring 36 vetoed military projects. (Oct 1997)
  • Voted YES on banning chemical weapons. (Apr 1997)
  • Voted NO on considering deploying NMD, and amending ABM Treaty. (Jun 1996)
  • Voted NO on 1996 Defense Appropriations. (Sep 1995)
  • Rated 80% by SANE, indicating a pro-peace voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Give higher priority to rail security. (Jul 2005)
  • Apply habeas corpus to Guantanamo detainees. (Jul 2007)
  • Restore habeas corpus for detainees in the War on Terror. (Jun 2007)
  • School assistance to survivors of injured federal police. (Oct 1996)
Mike Bloomberg on Homeland Security
Mayor of New York City (Independent)
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  • Supported building mosque near Ground Zero. (Nov 2010)
  • 1960s: Rejected as "1Y" when volunteering for Vietnam. (Sep 2010)
  • New York was 49th lowest per-capita in post-9-11 DHS grants. (Sep 2009)
  • 9/11 FYPD were heroes because they chose to stay behind. (Jan 2007)
  • Use DNA and fingerprint technology for worker ID database. (May 2006)
Cory Booker on Homeland Security
Mayor of Newark; N.J. Senator
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  • Supports military spending on Foreign Affairs Committee. (Mar 2019)
  • Transgender troops should be allowed to serve. (Feb 2019)
  • No irresponsible spending on weapons military doesn't want. (Apr 2017)
  • Form National Guard Cyber Protection Team. (Nov 2014)
  • Maintain the strongest military force in the world. (Nov 2013)
  • Irresponsible to spend on irrelevant weapon systems. (Nov 2013)
  • Public oversight needed for NSA domestic spying. (Oct 2013)
  • Incentives to train & hire troops returning home. (Sep 2012)
  • Restrict domestic monitoring of phone calls. (Apr 2015)
  • Exempt Veterans Affairs from federal hiring freeze. (Jan 2017)
Steve Bullock on Homeland Security
Democratic Presidential Challenger; MT Governor
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  • Keep first use of nuclear weapons on the table. (Jul 2019)
  • Don't let terrorists intimidate us to abandon our values. (Nov 2015)
  • Wrap-around services to reintegrate heroes to civilian life. (Jan 2013)
Pete Buttigieg on Homeland Security
Democratic Presidential Challenger; IN Mayor
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  • Boost the defense budget. (Jul 2019)
  • Suffered post-deployment depression, but not PTSD. (Jun 2019)
  • Must not allow foreign powers to interfere in elections. (Jun 2019)
  • More years of executive & military experience than most. (May 2019)
  • Be serious about security like Israel, but live freely. (Apr 2019)
  • 9/11 brought post-Cold War era to new generation of war. (Feb 2019)
  • Knee-jerk PATRIOT Act undercut American freedoms. (Feb 2019)
  • Signed up for military in 2008, during Iraq troop surge. (Feb 2019)
  • 1950s norm was college then military; he followed suit. (Feb 2019)
  • Recognize Vietnam Veterans Day, as late honor. (Feb 2019)
Julian Castro on Homeland Security
Democratic Presidential Challenger; former HUD Secretary
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  • Supported military expansion into cybersecurity. (Feb 2019)
Hillary Clinton on Homeland Security
Secretary of State; previously Democratic Senator (NY)
Click here for 77 full quotes by Hillary Clinton OR click here for 11 older headlines OR click here for Hillary Clinton on other issues.
  • Move V.A. into 21st century, but not by privatizing. (Sep 2016)
  • Support our NATO allies and take vetted Syrian refugees. (Feb 2016)
  • Haters should realize that American Muslims can help us. (Feb 2016)
  • Fight the idea of privatizing the V.A. (Feb 2016)
  • Promise to never privatize V.A. (Feb 2016)
  • Keep Syrian refugees; we're a nation of resolve, not of fear. (Dec 2015)
  • Reach out to Muslims, like George W. Bush did. (Dec 2015)
  • PATRIOT Act was needed, but Bush chipped away at warrants. (Oct 2015)
  • Snowden should face the music; he broke the law. (Oct 2015)
  • OpEd: More aggressive than most Dems on foreign policy. (Aug 2014)
  • NATO essential for evolving threats of the 21st century. (Jun 2014)
  • Balance lower military & higher diplomacy budget. (Jun 2014)
  • Smart Power: blend of military power and soft power. (Jun 2012)
  • Long-held pro-defense spending stance; not a move to center. (Mar 2008)
  • Examine registering 18-year-old women for selective service. (Dec 2007)
  • National security is more important than human rights. (Nov 2007)
  • FactCheck: Yes, in 2006 condoned exceptions on torture. (Oct 2007)
  • Wants to repeal donít-ask-donít-tell, but not until 2009. (Aug 2007)
  • Opposed to draft, but register women for draft. (Jul 2007)
  • Forgive student loans for universal national service. (Jul 2007)
  • 9/11: Got $20B to rebuild lower Manhattan. (Jun 2007)
  • Served on Armed Services Committee & was always prepared. (Jun 2007)
  • Fund first responders with extra $1.7 billion. (Mar 2007)
  • Marshal resources against proliferation of nuclear weapons. (Jan 2006)
  • Our troops are stretched; so increase size of military. (Sep 2005)
  • Muscle, not rhetoric, leads to strong homeland security. (Sep 2005)
  • Leadership role on Senate Armed Services Committee. (Feb 2004)
  • At age 27, tried and failed to enlist in Marines. (Feb 2004)
  • Send 70% of homeland security funding to cities & counties. (Feb 2004)
  • Supports funding research on missile defense. (Oct 2000)
  • Nixon should have been impeached for bombing Cambodia. (Dec 1999)
  • A safe world needs the nuclear test ban treaty. (Sep 1999)

    Benghazi

  • Libyans refused much of what US offered as help. (Dec 2015)
  • FactCheck: 7 official reports on Benghazi over 3-year period. (Jul 2015)
  • FactCheck: Dozens of U.S. diplomats killed during Bush terms. (Jul 2015)
  • More Benghazi hearings ok only to learn what to do better. (Jun 2014)
  • Dozens of Benghazi attackers had dozens of motives. (May 2014)
  • Benghazi security was simply inadequate in a dangerous city. (May 2014)
  • Benghazi talking points were written by CIA for Congress. (May 2014)
  • Benghazi: focused on rescue & prevention, not retrospection. (May 2014)
  • Benghazi: Figure out what happened to prevent repeating. (Sep 2013)
  • Congress' tight security money partly caused Benghazi. (Jan 2013)
  • Benghazi was a tragedy, but we get it right 99% of the time. (Jan 2013)
  • Described Benghazi as "armed militants" in "act of terror". (Jan 2013)
  • We responded to Benghazi immediately, and for the long run. (Jan 2013)
  • Worked with Libya before Benghazi, but they had no capacity. (Jan 2013)

    Terrorism

  • If you are on no-fly list, you shouldn't have a gun. (Oct 2016)
  • Work with Muslim countries against ISIS; not against Islam. (Oct 2016)
  • My priorities are to deport criminals and terrorists. (Mar 2016)
  • Close Guantanamo detention center. (Feb 2016)
  • FactCheck: No, ISIL doesn't cite Trump in recruitment videos. (Dec 2015)
  • Adversaries of the future: terrorists as well as drone subs. (Nov 2015)
  • 2001: Called for wrath on those who attacked America on 9/11. (Nov 2007)
  • Torture cannot be American policy, period. (Sep 2007)
  • There is no safe haven for the terrorists. (Jan 2006)
  • Consistently supported tough anti-terrorism measures. (Oct 2005)
  • I despise terrorism and the nihilism it represents. (Nov 2003)

    Voting Record

  • Passed legislation to treat veteransí traumatic brain injury. (Jan 2008)
  • Proposed Federal Interoperable Communication & Safety Act. (Oct 2006)
  • Voted NO on cutting $221M in benefits to Filipinos who served in WWII US Army. (Apr 2008)
  • Voted NO on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted YES on limiting soldiers' deployment to 12 months. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted YES on implementing the 9/11 Commission report. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on preserving habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on requiring CIA reports on detainees & interrogation methods. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the PATRIOT Act. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted NO on extending the PATRIOT Act's wiretap provision. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on restricting business with entities linked to terrorism. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted YES on restoring $565M for states' and ports' first responders. (Mar 2005)
  • Federalize aviation security. (Nov 2001)
  • Rated 100% by SANE, indicating a pro-peace voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Sponsored bill maintaining role of women in armed forces. (May 2005)
  • Sponsored bill for increased security of radiation sources. (May 2005)
  • Extend reserve retirement pay parity back to 9/11. (Dec 2007)
  • Improve mental health care benefits for returning veterans. (Jun 2008)
  • Restore habeas corpus for detainees in the War on Terror. (Jun 2007)
  • Establish global strategy to defeat al Qaeda. (Feb 2008)
Bill de Blasio on Homeland Security
NYC Mayor; Democratic Presidential Challenger
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John Delaney on Homeland Security
Democratic candidate for President; U.S. Rep from MD-6
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  • National service program: military or community service. (May 2019)
  • Voted for 25 out of 28 military spending bills. (Mar 2019)
  • National service program, plus community & veterans' service. (May 2018)
  • Supports reducing defense spending. (Sep 2012)
Tulsi Gabbard on Homeland Security
Democratic Presidential Challenger; HI Rep.
Click here for 9 full quotes by Tulsi Gabbard OR click here for Tulsi Gabbard on other issues.
  • I will work to end this new Cold War. (Jul 2019)
  • Served as Army Major for 16 years; deployed twice to Mideast. (Jun 2019)
  • Don't cut military budget; fund weapons systems & ABMs. (Mar 2019)
  • End this new cold war and nuclear arms race. (Mar 2019)
  • Allow transgender Americans in the military. (Jan 2019)
  • Supports reducing defense spending. (Sep 2012)
  • by VoteVets.org; against wasteful defense spending. (Nov 2012)
  • Restrict domestic monitoring of phone calls. (Apr 2015)
  • End bulk data collection under USA PATRIOT Act. (Oct 2013)
Kirsten Gillibrand on Homeland Security
Democratic Senator (NY)
Click here for 16 full quotes by Kirsten Gillibrand OR click here for Kirsten Gillibrand on other issues.
  • Slash the defense budget. (Jul 2019)
  • Military sex abuse victims can't trust commander as arbiter. (Jun 2015)
  • Form National Guard Cyber Protection Team. (Nov 2014)
  • Dont-Ask-Dont-Tell caused 13,000 qualified soldiers to leave. (Sep 2014)
  • Military sexual assault victims need champion with megaphone. (Sep 2014)
  • Address backlog of veterans' claims & chronic underfunding. (Sep 2014)
  • No across-the-board budget cuts to anti-terrorism. (Oct 2012)
  • Voted YES on extending the PATRIOT Act's roving wiretaps. (Feb 2011)
  • Voted YES on requiring FISA warrants for wiretaps in US, but not abroad. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on Veto override: Congressional oversight of CIA interrogations. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted YES on restricting no-bid defense contracts. (Mar 2007)
  • Extend reserve retirement pay parity back to 9/11. (Dec 2007)
  • Repeal Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell, and reinstate discharged gays. (Mar 2010)
  • Exempt Veterans Affairs from federal hiring freeze. (Jan 2017)
  • Restore habeas corpus for detainees in the War on Terror. (Jun 2007)
Mike Gravel on Homeland Security
Libertarian for President; Former Dem. Senator (AK); withdrew from Presidential primary July 2019
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  • America will be safer without nukes: end "nuclear deterrent". (Apr 2019)
  • Bring 138,000 US troops home from 800 bases abroad. (Apr 2019)
  • In Congress, personified opposition to American militarism. (May 2008)
  • Soldiers die in vain if war serves only elite interests. (May 2008)
  • Presidentís job since WWII is pitchman for war industry. (May 2008)
  • Released full Pentagon Papers when Nixon stopped publication. (May 2008)
  • Made into Senate pariah for releasing Pentagon Papers. (May 2008)
  • Boston publisher finally printed Pentagon Papers. (May 2008)
  • Sued by Nixon in Supreme Court case. (May 2008)
  • Bush & military-industrialists rule by fear-mongering. (May 2008)
  • CIA NIE ignored in 1947 about Cold War; & in 2004 about Iraq. (May 2008)
  • 1969: Opposed early ABM anti-missile systems. (May 2008)
  • Bushís ABMs donít work well but do enrich insiders. (May 2008)
  • 1969: Protested nuclear bomb tests on Aleutians. (May 2008)
  • Peacetime draft militarizes the culture. (May 2008)
  • Foreign arms sales funnel money back to defense industry. (May 2008)
  • Reaganís SDI set stage for Bushís trashing the ABM treaty. (May 2008)
  • Need new 9/11 investigation on sources of Bin Ladenís power. (May 2008)
  • No monitoring domestic communication; no military tribunals. (Apr 2008)
  • No additional homeland security funding; no missile defense. (Apr 2008)
  • Enormous misappropriation of wealth to military programs. (Jan 2008)
  • Warfare state from Vietnam now expanded to include Iraq War. (Jan 2008)
  • 1960s: Wept openly in Senate because US is dragged in mud. (Nov 2007)
  • I ended the draft; I stopped nuclear testing. (Sep 2007)
  • Terrorism is not a war; treat it as a criminal act. (Sep 2007)
  • We are STILL expanding our nuclear capability. (Aug 2007)
  • US has nothing to fear; fear sustains the military complex. (Aug 2007)
  • Filibustered to end the draft; but women should register. (Jul 2007)
  • Cut Pentagon by more than 15%; weíre squandering money. (Jun 2007)
  • FactCheck: Yes, Iraq money could fund 21M scholarships. (Jun 2007)
  • Threatening nukes is immoral foreign policy. (Apr 2007)
  • Fighting terrorism with a war doesnít work. (Apr 2007)
  • US is the greatest violator of the non-proliferation treaty. (Apr 2007)
  • Filibustered the draft in Ď71, causing its expiration in Ď73. (Jan 2007)
  • Raze Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib prisons to the ground. (Dec 2006)
  • Cut US nuclear arsenal from 10,000 to a couple hundred. (Nov 2006)
  • War on terror will fail like war on drugs & war on poverty. (Nov 2006)
  • Fight terrorism with dogged global police work. (Nov 2006)
  • Remove power to declare war from Congress-theyíve abdicated. (Apr 2006)
  • Fought & beat Nixon White House on Pentagon Papers in 1971. (Apr 2006)
  • Bush administrationís secrecy is worse than Nixonís. (Apr 2006)
  • Cut military budget in half--we donít need such ďreadinessĒ. (Jan 1972)
  • Government secrecy creates 1984-style state. (Jan 1972)
  • National security is no need for government secrecy. (Jan 1972)
  • Presidential imperialism feeds the arms industry. (May 2008)

    2

  • Bush uses Patriot Act to gut international law. (May 2008)
Kamala Harris on Homeland Security
Democratic candidate for President; California Senator
Click here for 4 full quotes by Kamala Harris OR click here for Kamala Harris on other issues.
  • Slash the defense budget. (Jul 2019)
  • Domestic terrorism as national security priority. (Apr 2019)
  • Champion a robust VA for our Veterans. (Aug 2016)
  • Exempt Veterans Affairs from federal hiring freeze. (Jan 2017)
Howie Hawkins on Homeland Security
Green Challenger
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  • Convert arms monopolies to nonprofit public enterprises. (May 2019)
  • Halve defense spending & use funds domestically. (Aug 2006)
  • End secret detentions and arrests without charge. (Jul 2006)
  • Repeal the Patriot Act. (Jun 2006)
John Hickenlooper on Homeland Security
Democratic Presidential Challenger (withdrew, Aug. 2019); CO Governor
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  • Boost the defense budget. (Jul 2019)
  • Make hiring veterans a priority. (Jan 2013)
Larry Hogan on Homeland Security
Republican Maryland Governor
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  • No county or city restrictions on drones; study state use. (May 2015)
Jay Inslee on Homeland Security
Democratic WA Governor; Former Rep/ (WA-1); withdrew from Presidential primary Aug. 2019
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  • Voted YES on extending the PATRIOT Act's roving wiretaps. (Feb 2011)
  • Voted YES on requiring FISA warrants for wiretaps in US, but not abroad. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on Veto override: Congressional oversight of CIA interrogations. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted YES on restricting no-bid defense contracts. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on allowing electronic surveillance without a warrant. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on continuing intelligence gathering without civil oversight. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted NO on federalizing rules for driver licenses to hinder terrorists. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted YES on continuing military recruitment on college campuses. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted YES on supporting new position of Director of National Intelligence. (Dec 2004)
  • Voted NO on adopting the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission. (Oct 2004)
  • Voted YES on emergency $78B for war in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Apr 2003)
  • Voted NO on permitting commercial airline pilots to carry guns. (Jul 2002)
  • Voted YES on $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on deploying SDI. (Mar 1999)
  • Rated 89% by SANE, indicating a pro-peace voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Repeal Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell, and reinstate discharged gays. (Mar 2010)
John Kasich on Homeland Security
Republican Governor; previously Representative (OH-12); 2000 & 2016 candidate for President
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  • Prioritize nuclear agreements like START and INF. (Jun 2018)
  • Improve veteran healthcare with more options & fewer delays. (Dec 2017)
  • Easier licensing for veterans; and more job services. (Dec 2017)
  • Focused on excess spending on Armed Services Committee. (Apr 2017)
  • 1980s: B-2 didn't make financial sense nor strategic sense. (Apr 2017)
  • Cutting Pentagon budget doesn't weaken defense. (Apr 2017)
  • $100B more to rebuild the military, with Pentagon reforms. (Feb 2016)
  • No more Syrian refugees in Ohio or anywhere in USA. (Nov 2015)
  • Expand voucher program for veterans' healthcare. (Sep 2015)
  • Iran nuke deal makes us stronger; we could restart sanctions. (Sep 2015)
  • Make a coalition to fight ISIS in Syria. (Aug 2015)
  • Run drone program out of Pentagon, not the CIA. (Apr 2015)
  • $1B per plane for B-2 is a colossal misuse of money. (May 2007)
  • Cheap Hawk: Strong on defense; tight with a dollar. (May 2006)
  • Walked out when preacher opined against missiles in Europe. (May 2006)
  • Fire professor who said 9-11 victims brought on attack. (May 2006)
  • Limit federal agencies investigating suspected terrorists. (Nov 1996)
  • Limited military use, only under US command. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on deploying SDI. (Mar 1999)
  • No US troops under UN command; more defense spending. (Sep 1994)
Amy Klobuchar on Homeland Security
DFL Sr Senator (MN)
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  • Boost the defense budget. (Jul 2019)
  • Voted for 95% of military spending bills in Congress. (Mar 2019)
  • Offer troops care for traumatic brain injury. (Aug 2015)
  • I supported the Patriot Act. (Oct 2006)
  • Patriot Act provides necessary surveillance tools. (Oct 2006)
  • Detainee bill will not meet constitutional muster. (Oct 2006)
  • Our troops need the best equipment and intelligence. (Jan 2006)
  • More screening at ports and nuclear plants. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted YES on extending the PATRIOT Act's roving wiretaps. (Feb 2011)
  • Voted NO on cutting $221M in benefits to Filipinos who served in WWII US Army. (Apr 2008)
  • Voted YES on requiring FISA court warrant to monitor US-to-foreign calls. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted YES on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted YES on limiting soldiers' deployment to 12 months. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted YES on implementing the 9/11 Commission report. (Mar 2007)
  • Study & address suicides among veterans. (Apr 2008)
  • Repeal Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell, and reinstate discharged gays. (Mar 2010)
  • Restrict domestic monitoring of phone calls. (Apr 2015)
  • Exempt Veterans Affairs from federal hiring freeze. (Jan 2017)
  • Restore habeas corpus for detainees in the War on Terror. (Jun 2007)
Wayne Messam on Homeland Security
FL Mayor; Democratic Presidential Challenger
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    No stance on record.
Seth Moulton on Homeland Security
Democratic Presidential Challenger; MA Rep.
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  • Boost the defense budget. (Jul 2019)
  • Needed courage to talk about post-traumatic stress. (Jun 2019)
  • Veterans deserve the best health care in the world, period. (Apr 2019)
  • Focus on cybersecurity to deal with real threats to US. (Mar 2019)
  • Better funding and services for veterans. (Sep 2014)
  • Supports targeting terrorists, according to Faith2Action. (Jul 2014)
  • Supports targeting terrorists, according to PVS rating. (Sep 2014)
Beto O`Rourke on Homeland Security
Democratic candidate for President; Texas Senator nominee
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  • Boost the defense budget. (Jul 2019)
  • Supported 11th aircraft carrier; opposed 1% military cut. (Mar 2019)
  • Military should welcome transgender recruits. (Mar 2019)
  • Supports reducing defense spending. (Sep 2012)
  • Restrict domestic monitoring of phone calls. (Apr 2015)
  • End bulk data collection under USA PATRIOT Act. (Oct 2013)
  • Exempt Veterans Affairs from federal hiring freeze. (Jan 2017)
Barack Obama on Homeland Security
Democratic incumbent President; IL Senator (2004-2008)
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  • Don't pursue nuclear warheads with new military capabilities. (Dec 2016)
  • We spend more on military than next 8 nations combined. (Jan 2016)
  • Talk of economic decline & military weakness is just hot air. (Jan 2016)
  • Finish the job: it's time to close Gitmo. (Jan 2015)
  • Defense cuts bad; but non-defense cuts even worse. (Feb 2013)
  • Lasting peace does not require perpetual war. (Jan 2013)
  • Don't give military money that they're not asking for. (Oct 2012)
  • Take money from war budgets and fund nation-building at home. (Jan 2012)
  • Reduce defense spending 1% in 2013; add 2% per year after. (Jan 2012)
  • OpEd: On track to spend most on military since WWII. (Jun 2010)
  • Called for space weapons ban, but with wiggle room. (Jun 2010)
  • Let gay people serve in military openly. (Jan 2010)
  • US has helped underwrite global security for 60 years. (Dec 2009)
  • Promises to close Guantanamo & treat prisoners as POWs. (Sep 2009)
  • Doors of NATO are open (but that threatens Russia). (Apr 2009)
  • FactCheck: F-22 Raptor costs $140M and has never been used. (Feb 2009)
  • Obama Doctrine: moral interest as well as national interest. (Oct 2008)
  • Inappropriate to lie to public; just donít answer questions. (Sep 2008)
  • We should have focused on loose nukes & Al Qaeda after 9/11. (Aug 2008)
  • Grandfather served in Patton's tank corps in WWII. (Aug 2008)
  • Colleges must allow military recruiters for ROTC on campus. (Jan 2008)
  • Human rights and national security are complementary. (Nov 2007)
  • Judgment is as important as experience. (Oct 2007)
  • Repeal Donít-Ask-Donít-Tell. (Aug 2007)
  • America must practice the patriotism it preaches. (Mar 2007)
  • Get first responders the healthcare and equipment they need. (Mar 2007)
  • Need to be both strong and smart on national defense. (Oct 2006)
  • Grow size of military to maintain rotation schedules. (Oct 2006)
  • We are currently inspecting 3% of all incoming cargo. (Oct 2004)
  • Give our soldiers the best equipment and training available. (Jul 2004)

    National Service

  • Serving America doesnít mean going out shopping. (Oct 2008)
  • $4,000 tuition tax credit in exchange for community service. (Jun 2008)
  • Expand Peace Corps and AmeriCorps to 266,000 slots. (Feb 2008)
  • Put forward a national service program. (Jan 2008)
  • Give 18-year-old women opportunity to serve. (Dec 2007)
  • Register women for draft, but not for combat. (Jul 2007)

    Nuclear Weapons

  • OpEd: Selectively assassinated Iranian nuclear scientists. (Jan 2011)
  • New START treaty: more secure & fewer nuclear weapons. (Jan 2011)
  • Strengthen NPT to have automatic sanctions on Iran. (Jun 2010)
  • OpEd: walked away from missile defense of Eastern Europe. (Mar 2010)
  • Secure all world's nuclear materials by international treaty. (Jan 2010)
  • Reduce US nuclear stockpile & prevent spread of nukes. (Dec 2009)
  • Goal is a world without nuclear weapons. (Aug 2008)
  • A New Beginning: seek world with no nuclear weapons. (Aug 2008)
  • Seek the peace of a world without nuclear weapons. (Jul 2008)
  • 2007: With Hagel, introduced nuclear nonproliferation bill. (Mar 2008)
  • Pursue goal of a world without nuclear weapons. (Feb 2008)
  • Rebuild a nuclear nonproliferation strategy. (Jan 2008)
  • 2006: Obama-Lugar bill restricted conventional weapons. (Oct 2007)
  • 2005: Passed bill to reduce conventional weapon stockpiles. (Aug 2007)
  • Protecting nuclear power plants is of utmost importance. (Mar 2007)
  • Rebuild the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. (Jan 2006)
  • Increase funding to decommission Russian nukes. (Jul 2004)

    Terrorism

  • OpEd: Did not prosecute official acts of torture. (Jun 2016)
  • Self-defeating to overstate ISIS threat. (Jan 2016)
  • Define legal framework for targeting & detaining terrorists. (Feb 2013)
  • We have brought 9-11 planners to justice. (Oct 2012)
  • Remain vigilant & focus forcefully on groups like al Qaeda. (Sep 2012)
  • OpEd: Failed promise to close Guantanamo loses left votes. (Jun 2011)
  • OpEd: torture ban just repositions torture to outside US. (Jun 2010)
  • No habeas right for detainees outside of US. (Jun 2010)
  • Moving Gitmo to Illinois was logistically & legally complex. (May 2010)
  • OpEd: treat terrorist threats as criminal; not acts of war. (May 2010)
  • OpEd: Promised to close Guantanamo but it's still open. (Apr 2010)
  • Hundreds of al Qaeda have been captured last year. (Jan 2010)
  • OpEd: accused of palling around with terrorist Bill Ayers. (Nov 2009)
  • Strategic issue is where to send & how to fund our troops. (Sep 2008)
  • Disrupting Al Qaeda in Afghanistan prevented another 9/11. (Sep 2008)
  • Islam in 1970s was not opposed to West & rule of law. (Jul 2008)
  • Go after al Qaeda but also shrink pool of potential recruits. (Jul 2008)
  • No torture; no renditions; no operating out of fear. (Apr 2008)
  • Al Qaida is stronger now than in 2001 as Iraq distracted us. (Jan 2008)
  • No presidential power for secret surveillance. (Dec 2007)
  • No holding US citizens as unlawful enemy combatants. (Dec 2007)
  • Congress decides what constitutes torture, not president. (Dec 2007)
  • No torture; defiance of FISA; no military commissions. (Dec 2007)
  • Restore habeas corpus to reach Muslims abroad. (Dec 2007)
  • Donít allow our politics to be driven by fear of terrorism. (Nov 2007)
  • If attacked, first help victims then prevent further attacks. (Oct 2007)
  • America cannot sanction torture; no loopholes or exceptions. (Sep 2007)
  • We are no safer now than we were after 9/11. (Aug 2007)
  • Close Guantanamo and restore the right of habeas corpus. (Jun 2007)
  • Homeland security must protect citizens, not intrude on them. (Mar 2007)
  • Personal privacy must be protected even in terrorism age. (Mar 2007)
  • Battling terrorism must go beyond belligerence vs. isolation. (Oct 2006)
  • Going after Al Qaeda in Pakistan is not Bush-style invasion. (Jan 2006)
  • Balance domestic intelligence reform with civil liberty risk. (Jul 2004)

    Veterans

  • Unacceptable to have veterans drive 250 miles to a hospital. (Feb 2008)
  • Improve veteransí mental health treatment & PTSD benefits. (Feb 2008)
  • Support veterans via the Dignity for Wounded Warriors Act. (Aug 2007)
  • Address the deficiencies in the VA system. (Jun 2007)
  • The cost of the Iraq war should not shortchange VA benefits. (Jun 2007)
  • Make sure the outpatient facilities work for veterans. (Jun 2007)
  • Comprehensive plan for our veterans healthcare. (Mar 2007)

    Voting Record

  • FactCheck: Promised to repeal Patriot Act, then voted for it. (Jan 2008)
  • Wrote law to secure & destroy worldís deadliest weapons. (Feb 2007)
  • Voted NO on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted YES on limiting soldiers' deployment to 12 months. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted YES on implementing the 9/11 Commission report. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on preserving habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on requiring CIA reports on detainees & interrogation methods. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the PATRIOT Act. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted NO on extending the PATRIOT Act's wiretap provision. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on restricting business with entities linked to terrorism. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted YES on restoring $565M for states' and ports' first responders. (Mar 2005)
  • Sponsored bill for Iraq budget to be part of defense budget. (Jun 2006)
  • Improve mental health care benefits for returning veterans. (Jun 2008)
  • Study & address suicides among veterans. (Apr 2008)
  • Restore habeas corpus for detainees in the War on Terror. (Jun 2007)
  • Establish global strategy to defeat al Qaeda. (Feb 2008)
Mike Pence on Homeland Security
Republian nominee for Vice President; Governor of Indiana; former Representative (IN-6)
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  • Voted to keep ban on openly gay members of the military. (Apr 2019)
  • Bar Syrian refugees so ISIS cannot infiltrate America. (Oct 2016)
  • Rebuild military and project American strength in the world. (Oct 2016)
  • Bar Syrian refugees so ISIS cannot infiltrate America. (Oct 2016)
  • Rebuild military and project American strength in the world. (Oct 2016)
  • We see promise after promise to our veterans forgotten. (Jul 2016)
  • Led a ceremony with a dedication of a POW/MIA Chair of Honor. (May 2016)
  • Supported expanding benefits and opportunities for veterans. (Mar 2016)
  • The time has come to dramatically increase defense spending. (Feb 2015)
  • Grow NATO stronger; Poland & Czech missile shield. (Apr 2014)
  • Use military tribunals to try suspected terrorists. (Nov 2008)
  • Gratitude to Emirates for their support of our War on Terror. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on extending the PATRIOT Act's roving wiretaps. (Feb 2011)
  • Voted NO on requiring FISA warrants for wiretaps in US, but not abroad. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on Veto override: Congressional oversight of CIA interrogations. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted NO on restricting no-bid defense contracts. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on allowing electronic surveillance without a warrant. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on continuing intelligence gathering without civil oversight. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted YES on federalizing rules for driver licenses to hinder terrorists. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted YES on continuing military recruitment on college campuses. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted YES on supporting new position of Director of National Intelligence. (Dec 2004)
  • Voted YES on adopting the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission. (Oct 2004)
  • Voted YES on emergency $78B for war in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Apr 2003)
  • Voted YES on permitting commercial airline pilots to carry guns. (Jul 2002)
  • Rated 0% by SANE, indicating a pro-military voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Extend reserve retirement pay parity back to 9/11. (Dec 2007)
Tim Ryan on Homeland Security
Democratic Representative (OH-17)
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  • Boost the defense budget. (Jul 2019)
  • Voted NO on extending the PATRIOT Act's roving wiretaps. (Feb 2011)
  • Voted YES on requiring FISA warrants for wiretaps in US, but not abroad. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on Veto override: Congressional oversight of CIA interrogations. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted YES on restricting no-bid defense contracts. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on allowing electronic surveillance without a warrant. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on continuing intelligence gathering without civil oversight. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted YES on federalizing rules for driver licenses to hinder terrorists. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted YES on continuing military recruitment on college campuses. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted YES on supporting new position of Director of National Intelligence. (Dec 2004)
  • Voted NO on adopting the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission. (Oct 2004)
  • Voted YES on emergency $78B for war in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Apr 2003)
  • Rated 100% by SANE, indicating a pro-peace voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Give higher priority to rail security. (Jul 2005)
  • Establish a Department of Peace and Nonviolence. (Feb 2007)
  • Repeal Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell, and reinstate discharged gays. (Mar 2010)
  • Member of House Committee on Armed Services. (Mar 2011)
Bernie Sanders on Homeland Security
Democratic primary challenger; Independent VT Senator; previously Representative (VT-At-Large)
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  • CIA torture policy means US service members get tortured too. (May 2018)
  • Undertake comprehensive audit of Department of Defense. (Apr 2018)
  • Don't privatize the Veterans Administration. (Apr 2018)
  • Global War on Terror has undermined our moral standards. (Sep 2017)
  • Spending on military means fewer resources for people. (Nov 2016)
  • Care for our veterans, even if we disagree about wars. (Nov 2016)
  • CIA activities in Iran and Chile led to dictatorships. (Feb 2016)
  • Strengthen the V.A.; don't privatize the V.A. (Feb 2016)
  • It does us no good to NOT talk to adversaries. (Feb 2016)
  • Promise to never privatize V.A. (Feb 2016)
  • We spend billions on nuclear weapons & only 10% on terrorism. (Nov 2015)
  • I opposed Vietnam as conscientious objector. (Oct 2015)
  • Shut down the NSA surveillance program. (Oct 2015)
  • Snowden showed us our civil rights are being undermined. (Oct 2015)
  • PATRIOT Act was 99-1, and I was the one. (Oct 2015)
  • I pushed bill for $15B for veterans' healthcare services. (Oct 2015)
  • Continue using drones and special forces. (Oct 2015)
  • NSA is unconstitutionally out of control. (Sep 2015)
  • Reduce nuclear budget by $100B; end proliferation worldwide. (Sep 2015)
  • Costs of endless war detract from citizens' well-being. (Sep 2015)
  • Worried about invasion of privacy from NSA corporate America. (May 2015)
  • Cut defense by $18B to pay for 55% of all college tuition. (Apr 2015)
  • We need a strong military, but stop wasting tens of billions. (Apr 2015)
  • V.A. doesn't have resources to accommodate 2 million vets. (May 2014)
  • F-35 fighter planes OK at Burlington Airport. (Oct 2012)
  • End nuclear weapons and B-2 bomber production. (Jun 1997)
  • 1991: Billions should improve human life, not destroy it. (Jun 1997)

    Mideast

  • Too much spent on Cold War; and too little spent on ISIS. (Jan 2016)
  • Rid our planet of this barbarous organization called ISIS. (Nov 2015)
  • Don't let released terrorists get back onto the battlefield. (Jun 2014)
  • War in Iraq will cost us $3 trillion including veteran care. (Dec 2010)
  • Pentagon lied about Iraq; expect same for future wars. (Jun 1997)

    Voting Record

  • 2009: Voted against closing Gitmo; 2015: supports closing it. (Sep 2015)
  • Oppose outrageous boost in military expenditures. (Jun 1997)
  • Voted NO on extending the PATRIOT Act's roving wiretaps. (Feb 2011)
  • Voted NO on cutting $221M in benefits to Filipinos who served in WWII US Army. (Apr 2008)
  • Voted YES on requiring FISA court warrant to monitor US-to-foreign calls. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted NO on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted YES on limiting soldiers' deployment to 12 months. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted YES on implementing the 9/11 Commission report. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on allowing electronic surveillance without a warrant. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on continuing intelligence gathering without civil oversight. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted NO on federalizing rules for driver licenses to hinder terrorists. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted NO on continuing military recruitment on college campuses. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted YES on supporting new position of Director of National Intelligence. (Dec 2004)
  • Voted NO on adopting the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission. (Oct 2004)
  • Voted NO on emergency $78B for war in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Apr 2003)
  • Voted YES on permitting commercial airline pilots to carry guns. (Jul 2002)
  • Voted NO on $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted NO on deploying SDI. (Mar 1999)
  • End the use of anti-personnel mines. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 100% by SANE, indicating a pro-peace voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Extend reserve retirement pay parity back to 9/11. (Dec 2007)
  • Repeal Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell, and reinstate discharged gays. (Mar 2010)
  • Non-proliferation includes disposing of nuclear materials. (Aug 2014)
  • Restrict domestic monitoring of phone calls. (Apr 2015)
  • Exempt Veterans Affairs from federal hiring freeze. (Jan 2017)
  • Address abuses of electronic monitoring in the workplace. (Apr 1993)
  • Restore habeas corpus for detainees in the War on Terror. (Jun 2007)
Mark Sanford on Homeland Security
Republican SC Governor; previously Representative (SC-1)
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  • Biggest national security threat is debt and deficit. (Jul 2019)
  • Voted YES on $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on deploying SDI. (Mar 1999)
  • Restrict domestic monitoring of phone calls. (Apr 2015)
  • End bulk data collection under USA PATRIOT Act. (Oct 2013)
  • No US troops under UN command; more defense spending. (Sep 1994)
Howard Schultz on Homeland Security
Starbucks CEO; independent candidate for President until July 2019
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  • Imagine if politicians lived by "Honor, country, and duty". (Nov 2014)
  • Volunteer army means 98% of us have no skin in the game. (Nov 2014)
Joe Sestak on Homeland Security
Democratic Senate Challenger; former Navy Admiral
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  • First 3-star Admiral elected to Congress. (Jun 2019)
  • Reduce size of navy from 375 to 260 ships. (Jun 2019)
  • More funding for veterans and for cyberspace. (Jun 2019)
  • Reduce number of carrier strike groups from 11 to 9. (Jun 2019)
  • 2005 Navy reassignment: personnel change or morale issue? (May 2010)
  • Voted YES on requiring FISA warrants for wiretaps in US, but not abroad. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on Veto override: Congressional oversight of CIA interrogations. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted YES on restricting no-bid defense contracts. (Mar 2007)
  • Free postage for soldiers serving abroad. (Jan 2009)
  • Opposes banning homosexuals in the military. (Aug 2010)
  • Repeal Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell, and reinstate discharged gays. (Mar 2010)
  • Restore habeas corpus for detainees in the War on Terror. (Jun 2007)
Tom Steyer on Homeland Security
Democratic Presidential Challenger; CEO
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    No stance on record.
Eric Swalwell on Homeland Security
Withdrawn Democratic Presidential Challenger; CA Rep
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  • Slash the defense budget. (Jul 2019)
  • Russian attack on 2016 elections must be taken seriously. (May 2019)
  • Continue the hunt for Al-Qaeda leaders. (Nov 2012)
  • More benefits for veterans' valiant sacrifices. (Nov 2012)
  • Restrict domestic monitoring of phone calls. (Apr 2015)
  • End bulk data collection under USA PATRIOT Act. (Oct 2013)
Donald Trump on Homeland Security
2016 Republican nominee for President; 2000 Reform Primary Challenger for President
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  • Bar transgender troops from enlisting in military. (Mar 2019)
  • Ban on transgender people serving openly in the US military. (Feb 2019)
  • Withdraw from INF and develop Missile Defense System. (Feb 2019)
  • Space Force: sixth branch of the armed services. (Aug 2018)
  • Strong military is essential for national security. (Feb 2018)
  • Fire 1,500 VA employees who failed to serve veterans. (Jan 2018)
  • Unmatched power is key to defense, including more nukes. (Jan 2018)
  • Meaningful engagement with allies paying their fair share. (Feb 2017)
  • Negotiate prices for the fantastic new F-35 jet fighter. (Feb 2017)
  • More tools so our military can fight and win. (Feb 2017)
  • Ensure U.S. nuclear arsenal is at the top of the pack. (Feb 2017)
  • Expand US nuclear capability; we're falling behind. (Dec 2016)
  • F-35 program out-of-control; cut billions in military costs. (Dec 2016)
  • FactCheck: US spends more than NATO, but only 22% on NATO. (Sep 2016)
  • We defend Germany, Japan, Saudi Arabia: they need to pay. (Sep 2016)
  • Create a military court system to deal with sexual assaults. (Sep 2016)
  • South Korea and Japan should pay 100% of US military costs. (Aug 2016)
  • 1990: dealt with helicopter crash that killed three staff. (Aug 2016)
  • Snowden was a spy; if Russia respected us, they'd deport him. (Mar 2016)
  • Charge rich countries like Germany more to defend them. (Feb 2016)
  • Benghazi was a disaster; Gadhafi couldn't have been worse. (Dec 2015)
  • Err on the side of security: restore the PATRIOT Act. (Dec 2015)
  • Bring back waterboarding and other interrogation methods. (Nov 2015)
  • We worry about Iranian nukes but why not North Korean nukes? (Nov 2015)
  • Building up military is cheap when you consider alternative. (Nov 2015)
  • VA is one of the most incompetently-run agencies. (Nov 2015)
  • Fix veteran's hospitals, and pay private doctors for them. (Sep 2015)
  • Our nuclear arsenal doesn't work; it's 30 years old. (Jun 2015)
  • Increased Veterans Day parade audience from 100 to 1 million. (Jun 2015)
  • American interests come first; no apologies. (Dec 2011)
  • All freedoms flow from national security. (Dec 2011)
  • Business students should read Sun Tzu's "The Art of War". (Apr 2010)
  • Focus & discipline are habits I learned in military school. (Sep 2008)
  • 3% of GNP for military is too low. (Jul 2000)
  • Prepare for bio-terrorism attack. (Jul 2000)
  • 1994 Veteran's parade: Such high-quality people led military. (Oct 1997)

    Islamic Terrorism

  • Keep Guantanamo open; stop releases & add new prisoners. (Jan 2018)
  • Replace a Muslim ban with an extreme vetting of Muslims. (Oct 2016)
  • Muslims have to report terrorist problems when they see them. (Oct 2016)
  • I don't want to be politically correct: Islam hates us. (Mar 2016)
  • Keep Gitmo open, and load it up with bad dudes. (Feb 2016)
  • Bring back waterboarding and a hell of a lot worse. (Feb 2016)
  • Surveil mosques but don't close mosques. (Nov 2015)
  • Enhanced interrogation a non-issue, compared to terrorism. (Aug 2015)
  • Defeat ISIS and stop Islamic terrorists. (Jan 2015)
  • Missile defense is inappropriate; focus on terrorism. (Jul 2000)

    Mueller Report

  • Would take info on opponents from foreigners, might call FBI. (Jun 2019)

    September 11

  • Cannot allow beachhead of radical Islamic terrorism. (Feb 2017)
  • How did W keep us safe? WTC came down during his watch. (Feb 2016)
  • 9/11 was horrific, but New York handled it beautifully. (Jan 2016)
  • People saw New Jersey Muslims celebrating after 9/11. (Nov 2015)
  • New Jersey Muslims cheered on 9/11. (Nov 2015)
  • Bush should have caught Osama bin Laden. (Sep 2015)
  • We have a problem with radical Muslims. (Sep 2015)

    Vietnam

  • 1965: opposed Vietnam War but never joined protests. (Sep 2015)
  • 1969: Drew high draft lottery number, and never got drafted. (Sep 2015)
  • Vietnam war was mistake; I'm grateful that I stayed civilian. (Sep 2015)
  • 1964: Deferred Vietnam draft for four years while in college. (Jul 2015)
  • 1968: Classified 1-Y, medically disqualified for Vietnam. (Jul 2015)
Jesse Ventura on Homeland Security
Former Independent MN Governor
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  • I'd rather face terrorists than lose any of my freedoms. (Apr 2011)
  • Assassinating foreign leadership is despicable. (Apr 2011)
  • Bill of Rights still applies if you label them "terrorists". (Apr 2011)
  • End the phony war on terror to end al Qaeda. (Apr 2011)
  • Secret behavior control drug experiments on Gitmo detainees. (Apr 2011)
  • Evidence destroyed about torture of al Qaeda detainees. (Apr 2011)
  • Federal surveillance is a waste of taxpayer dollars. (Mar 2010)
  • Why were there no black boxes from any of the 9/11 planes? (Mar 2010)
  • Vietnam War was all about somebody making money. (Mar 2010)
  • Lesson from JFK: Don't let feds investigate momentous events. (Mar 2010)
  • I'm more afraid of the culture of fear than of al Qaeda. (Mar 2010)
  • 1999: Special Ops ID'ed several 9/11 hijackers, but ignored. (Mar 2010)
  • Starting war under false premises should be impeachable. (Apr 2008)
  • Muhammad Ali sacrificed for his convictions on Vietnam. (Apr 2008)
  • CIA should not operate within the US, but they do. (Apr 2008)
  • Bush administration knew 9/11 was coming. (Apr 2008)
  • Official story of 9/11 WTC collapse just doesn't add up. (Apr 2008)
  • Wartime draft would stop Iraq War and prevent future wars. (Apr 2008)
  • Require Congressional family members to go to war. (Apr 2008)
  • War isnít civilized; donít expect warriors to be. (Jan 1999)
  • Military is stronger if all-volunteer. (Jan 1999)
  • Against the draft; for including women except in combat. (Jan 1999)
  • Deal with terrorism as a joint federal-state responsibility. (Feb 2001)
  • Include states in anti-terrorism planning. (Sep 2001)
Arvin Vohra on Homeland Security
Libertarian candidate for President; Libertarian Party Vice-Ch
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  • Shut down foreign military bases & withdraw from NATO. (Mar 2018)
  • Cut military spending by 60% or more. (Feb 2018)
  • Intelligently rethink overall military spending. (Jan 2015)
Joe Walsh on Homeland Security
Republican presidential primary challenger (fotmer IL Rep.)
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  • Keep prisoners at Guantanamo; try them in military tribunals. (Feb 2010)
  • All provisions of the Patriot Act should be renewed. (Feb 2010)
  • Voted YES on extending the PATRIOT Act's roving wiretaps. (Feb 2011)
  • Member of House Committee on Homeland Security. (Mar 2011)
Elizabeth Warren on Homeland Security
Massachusetts Senator; head of CFPB
Click here for 10 full quotes by Elizabeth Warren OR click here for Elizabeth Warren on other issues.
  • No-first-use nuclear policy makes world safer. (Jul 2019)
  • End stranglehold of defense contractors on military policy. (Mar 2019)
  • Reagan military spending meant more bombs & fewer textbooks. (Apr 2017)
  • Address predatory lending targeting young military enlistees. (Apr 2014)
  • Reduce size of standing army to reduce deficit. (Oct 2012)
  • Not a good idea to strip terrorists of citizenship. (Oct 2011)
  • #1 responsibility: protect Americans from terrorism. (Oct 2011)
  • Non-proliferation includes disposing of nuclear materials. (Aug 2014)
  • End bulk data collection under USA PATRIOT Act. (Oct 2013)
  • Exempt Veterans Affairs from federal hiring freeze. (Jan 2017)
Bill Weld on Homeland Security
Libertarian Party nominee for Vice President; former Republican Massachusetts Governor
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  • Take on ISIS with FBI task forces, like we took on the Mafia. (Jul 2016)
  • Pardon Snowden; no one was harmed by what he released. (Jul 2016)
  • Phase down our nuclear stockpile. (Jul 2016)
  • Treat ISIS as a gigantic organized crime family. (Jun 2016)
  • Nuclear proliferation is #1 threat to world security. (Jun 2016)
  • Maintain invincible defense but cut military 20%. (Jun 2016)
Marianne Williamson on Homeland Security
Author & Democratic Presidential Challenger
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  • Make suicide prevention a top priority for veterans & VA. (Apr 2019)
  • Remove pathological romanticization of the military. (Jul 2018)
  • Military expenditures are 54% of all discretionary funding. (Jul 2018)
Andrew Yang on Homeland Security
Democratic Presidential Challenger & Tech CEO
Click here for 6 full quotes by Andrew Yang OR click here for Andrew Yang on other issues.
  • I signed a pledge to end the Forever Wars. (Jul 2019)
  • I'd love to declassify Area 51, for government transparency. (Jul 2019)
  • Military spending on modern threats, not decades-old ones. (Mar 2019)
  • Invest in equipment for technical superiority. (Mar 2019)
  • Rechannel $60B per year from defense to infrastructure. (Mar 2019)
  • Too much military spending focuses in decades-old threats. (Mar 2019)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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