Thom Tillis on War & Peace



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

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

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

Don't negotiate with Iran, a state sponsor of terror

North Carolina House Speaker and U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis released the following statement today regarding the recently-announced agreement on the Iranian nuclear program:

A nuclear Iran is totally unacceptable, and the recently-announced 'agreement' makes the world a more dangerous place. It appears that the Obama administration has turned its back on Israel and other American allies in the Middle East in a naive attempt to negotiate with a state sponsor of terror. President Obama and his loyal supporters like Kay Hagan continue to mistake dialogue for deterrence, which is an incredibly irresponsible approach to our national security. Our foreign policy should be based on what is best for Americans and our allies, not by placating bad actors on the international stage.

Source: 2014 N.C. Senate campaign website, ThomTillis.com , Nov 25, 2013

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