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Senate candidates differ on approach to foreign policy

Posted October 24, 2014

— Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, Republican challenger Thom Tillis and Libertarian candidate Sean Haugh all say they are deeply concerned about several hot spots around the globe, especially the threat posed by Islamic militants in Syria and Iraq.

But the three candidates in the U.S. Senate race differ on how best to protect Americans and American interests.

"I'd actually like to have a president and a senator who stop reacting and start leading," Tillis said.

Hagan said she supports President Barack Obama's approach so far, but she said he needs to ask Congress for approval before attempting any more military action in the Middle East.

"I don't think you can wage this kind of military incursion without (ground forces), but those boots on the ground must be those moderate Syrian rebels, the Iraqis, the Kurds, the peshmerga," she said.

Tillis agreed that American allies have to share the responsibilities and that any vote for American troops must be carefully weighed. Still, he said his decisions would be different than Hagan's.

"Sen. Hagan said (in a debate) that ISIS is the single greatest terrorist threat in the world. Now, how on Earth can a sitting senator say that and then rubber-stamp the inaction and the reactions of this president?" he said.

Haugh's concerns with U.S. foreign policy extend beyond the Middle East to the hostilities between Ukraine and Russian-backed rebels. He said he believes the U.S. and Russia are involved in another Cold War.

"It disturbs me very deeply," he said. "It makes me wonder if (the Cold War) ever really stopped."

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  • Pensive01 Oct 27, 2014

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    You do realize that your comment has nothing whatsoever to do with what the article is actually about, right?

  • prn13norm Oct 26, 2014

    Tillus: follow immigration laws
    Hagan: follow Obama on amnesty. Turn our Country over to illegals!

  • miseem Oct 25, 2014

    Tillis agreed that American allies have to share the responsibilities and that any vote for American troops must be carefully weighed. Still, he said his decisions would be different than Hagan's.

    How about a summary of what his policy would be. Oops. Can't do that because he does not say what he would do. He just says that Obama is wrong and Hagan supports anything Obama does. Does the word cop out ring a bell? Seems that the right wing has found the solution to any criticism. Don't take a stand. Just say the other guy is wrong. Kind of like McConnell avoiding anything to do with global warming by saying he is not a scientist. So is he going to recuse himself from voting on any scientific issues? No. He'll just continue to evade, not take a stand, and blame Obama. Until he votes to relax environmental regulations and for corporate tax breaks.

  • jenibaker Oct 24, 2014

    Thanks, WRAL, for clearly stating that there are THREE candidates and including Libertarian Sean Haugh's position. Very few local media outlets are forthrightly informing folks about ALL their voting options.