State of Alabama Archives: on Foreign Policy


Lynda Blanchard: Ambassadors bring bilateral relationships to next level

Blanchard looks back on her time in Ljubljana with pride, grateful to have furthered relations between the two countries. "Just being able to feel like you've made a footprint in a country that will last a lifetime and make a difference for people, and make a difference for bilateral relationship," said Blanchard. "As ambassadors, number one, of course, we represent the US, and our focus [everywhere] is the same--to bring all bilateral relationships to the next level and make them stronger."
Source: Auburn Alumni newsletter: 2022 Alabama Senate race Feb 28, 2021

Tommy Tuberville: Foreign aid only to countries that don't hate us

Q: What government spending would you reduce in order to balance the budget?

A: I'd look at foreign aid; we shouldn't be giving out foreign aid to countries that hate us or use it as a way to buy friends. I'd also look at government programs; I'm tired of politicians promising to cut waste and fraud and not doing it! I also believe it is essential to help those who have fallen on hard times in the employment sector, but believe in providing an incentive for those getting back into the labor force.

Source: AFA iVoterGuide on 2020 Alabama Senate race Nov 3, 2020

Jeff Sessions: American military is best fighting force in the world

[Opponent Tommy] Tuberville said China has a "better military" than the United States. "We've got China that's got a better military, and things, than we have."

Sessions responded: "Mr. Tuberville should immediately apologize," Sessions said. "His views further prove that he's not fit to be a United States Senator. His comments are an affront to the thousands of American military members who constitute the best fighting force the world has ever known."

Source: Alabama Political Reporter on 2020 Alabama Senate race Feb 9, 2020

Doug Jones: Impeachment warranted if withheld Ukraine aid helped Russia

If a president is using his office against a country that is dependent upon the United States of America, and he's doing that to withhold aid that is there to battle Russians that is a serious, serious matter. I'm trying to see if the dots get connected. If that is the case, then I think it's a serious matter. I think it's an impeachable matter. But if those dots aren't connected and there are other explanations that I think are consistent with innocence, I will go that way too.
Source: ABC This Week 2019 interview for 2020 Alabama Senate race Dec 22, 2019

Steve Carlson: Pull out of the United Nations

I agree with Trump on pulling out of the United Nations and their activities regulating national economies centrally. [On climate change], I want to see MUCH more science on the actual linkages we observe between small measured changes and specific changes in the climate. It appears small changes in water temperature, may raise the water levels on the seashores. This does not mean we subordinate our economy to the United Nations.
Source: CBS-4 Minnesota on 2020 Alabama Senate race Jul 24, 2018

Roy Moore: U.S. shouldn't be restricted by U.N. treaties

We should not be subject to UN control and direction and should not rely on, or support, UN treaties like LOST (Law of the Sea Treaty) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Such treaties only undermine our sovereignty as a nation, as does the very presence of the United Nations on our soil. We must maintain a strong nuclear defense and not rely on nuclear reduction treaties which leave us vulnerable to foreign powers.
Source: 2017-2018 Alabama Senate campaign website RoyMoore.org Aug 31, 2017

Roy Moore: America and Russia have both promoted bad things

When The Guardian told Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore (R) that Ronald Reagan once called Russia "the focus of evil in the modern world," Moore replied, "You could say that very well about America, couldn't you?" He added: "We promote a lot of bad things," specifically citing same-sex marriage. When the reporter suggested that's an argument Vladimir Putin makes, Moore said, "Well, then maybe Putin is right. Maybe he's more akin to me than I know."
Source: PoliticalWire on 2017 Alabama Senate race Aug 11, 2017

Richard Shelby: Immediate moratorium on Syrian refugees

Q: What would you do to assure the security of Americans?

Shelby: During these uncertain times around the world, we must have a strong military. I have always supported efforts to properly train and equip our men and women in uniform, and will continue to fight to protect the American homeland and its interests.

I would also put an immediate moratorium on Syrian refugees coming into the U.S. President Obama's refugee plan relies on a vetting system that does not do enough to ensure that terrorists are not infiltrating the system. I recently voted against the omnibus because it gave a blank check to the President to continue with his plans that I believe will put Americans in harm's way.

Lastly, I would stop the President's executive action on gun control. In order to ensure the safety of Americans, we must not allow for any action that takes away law-abiding citizens' right to protect themselves.

Source: Vote411.org League of Women Voters: 2016 Alabama Senate Race Sep 19, 2016

Robert Bentley: Sue federal government to reform Refugee Resettlement Act

Radical Islamist carry out carefully planned attacks on innocent lives from Paris to California--and our people, finding little comfort from our federal government, wait and worry for our safety.

The federal government's Refugee Resettlement Act has failed America and its citizens. The outdated program--which pre-dates any recent acts of radical terrorism--allows refugees from the most radical nations to enter countries including the U.S. with little known about them. Among those refugees are those who would commit the most violent, deadly and extreme acts of terrorism.

Following those attacks my administration immediately took a long hard look at the federal government's Refugee Resettlement process. What we, and dozens of other states discovered, is unsettling and alarming. In an effort to reform the Refugee Resettlement Act, my administration filed suit last month against the federal government demanding the involvement of the states in this critical program.

Source: 2016 State of the State address to Alabama Legislature Feb 2, 2016

Marcus Bowman: America has a long-standing role in preserving peace

Q: Do you support or oppose the policy, "Support American Exceptionalism"

A: Strongly support. America has a long-standing role in preserving peace and free travel in the world.

Source: Email interview on 2016 Alabama Senate race with OnTheIssues Jan 21, 2016

Ron Crumpton: Act multilaterally, but with America in military lead

Q: Do you agree or disagree with the statement, "Support American Exceptionalism"?

A: Agree. I believe we should act multilaterally, but the U.S. is best qualified to lead military efforts that we supply troops for.

Source: Email interview on 2016 Alabama Senate race with OnTheIssues Nov 26, 2015

Ron Crumpton: Foreign involvement is appropriate

Q: Do you agree or disagree with the statement, "Avoid foreign entanglements"?

A: Oppose.

Source: Email interview on 2016 Alabama Senate race with OnTheIssues Nov 26, 2015

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