International Law 2008 - Sam Brownback
Sam Brownback Republican Candidate
(Candidacy Withdrawn 10/19)
International Institutions/UN Reform
- "If this party walks away from free trade, we're going the wrong way as a party. And I think Congressman Hunter is a wonderful man. The United States is a low-trade -- low-tariff country. I think our average tariff on anything that we have a tariff on -- and most things we don't -- is at 4 percent, so the negotiations we do are always with countries that have higher tariffs. And it's the objective that we have is to get those down, and we've had a decent record. What we've got to do now, I think, is really focus in on China's currency manipulation and intellectual property rights." CNBC/Wall Street Journal Republican debate in Dearborn, Michigan, 10/9/07
- "America is a great nation, and we have a role to play in protecting innocent life at home and abroad. The United Nations continues to be the subject of great controversy. The U.N. has been instrumental in resolving a number of international disputes, and its work should not go unnoticed. However, it too often couples lofty ideals with poor execution. As such, reforming the U.N. must remain a priority. In the 104th Congress I supported the National Security Revitalization Act, which prohibited U.S. military forces from being placed under U.N. command and control in most situations. Further, it provided for the U.S. to be reimbursed for participation in U.N. peacekeeping operations. I believe we should reduce the size of the U.N., and that the U.S. should bear less of the organization's financial burden. I have long supported - and will continue to support - efforts to condition our country's U.N. dues on substantive U.N. reform." Brownback for President website
- "We are the greatest nation on the face of the Earth, and we are ones that can stand up. And we need to stand up in the face of second genocide when we had declared years ago in Rwanda: Never again.
And what is happening? It is happening again. And it's not just the first genocide that's taken place in Sudan, it's the second. And I've been there.
We need to do divestiture campaigns here. We need to support the African Union troops there. We shouldn't put our own troops. We don't need to put our own troops." PBS 2007 Republican "All-American Presidential Forum" at Morgan State University, 9/27/07