The Vice Presidential Nominees Discuss Possibility of US Intervention in Syria

Sen. Tim Kaine and Gov. Mike Pence lay out the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates' plans to address the crisis in Syria.
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250000. People 100000 of them children. Are under siege in a leper Syria. Bunker buster bombs cluster munitions and incendiary weapons are being dropped on them by Russian and Syrian military's. Does the US have a responsibility to protect civilians. And prevent mass casualties on the scam governor paths. The United States of America. Needs to begin to exercise strong leadership. To protect the vulnerable citizens and over a 100000 children and a let them. Hillary Clinton's top priority when she became secretary of state was the Russian reset. The Russian reset. After the Russian reset the Russians invaded Ukraine took over Crimea. And the small and bullying leader. Of Russia is now dictating terms to the United States is point were almost all the United States of America. That that the greatest nation on Ers. Just withdrawals from talks about a a cease fire. While Vladimir Putin's puts a missile defense system in Syria while he marshals the forces and begins what will we have got to begin to lean into this with strong. Broad shouldered American leadership it begins by rebuilding our military. In the Russians and the Chinese have been making enormous investments in the military we we are we have the smallest navy since 1916. We have the lowest number of of troops since the end of the Second World War we've got to work with the congress and Donald Trump will rebuild our military and project American strength in the world but about a left off. And about Syria. I truly do believe that that. That is what America ought to do right now is that immediately establish safe sounds so that families and invulnerable. Families with children can move out of those areas work other Arab partners real time right now to make that happen. And secondly I I just have to tell you that the provocations. By Russia need to be met with American strength. And and if Russia chooses to be involved and continue I should say to be involved. And this barbaric attack on civilians and left for the United States of America should be prepared to use military force to strike military targets in the Asad regime to prevent them. From this humanitarian. Our crisis that is taking place. In a left oh there's a broad range of other things that we ought to do as well we ought to we ought to deploy a missile defense shield to the Czech Republic and Poland. Which Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama pulled back on out of not wanting to offend the Russians are in 2000. We've just got to have American strength on the world stage when Donald Trump becomes president of the United States the Russians and other countries in the world we'll know they're dealing with a strong America. President senator Hillary and I also agree that they establishment of humanitarian zone in northern Syria. With the provision of international human aid consistent with UN Security Council resolution was passed in February 2014. Would be a very very bad idea and Hillary also has the ability to stand up to Russia in a way that mystic just. Donald Trump again and again has praised Vladimir couldn't and it's clear that he has business dealings with Russian oligarchs who are very connected to Putin he trop campaign management team had to be fired. A month or so ago B because of their shadow we connections with problem forces. Governor pads made the odd claim. He said in arguably. Vladimir Putin is a better leader than President Obama. Former Clinton's run as economy into the ground. He persecute its LG BT folks and journalists if you don't know the difference. Between dictatorship and leadership. Then you gotta go back to a fifth grade civics class. I want sends me. Governor Paterson today governor parents just sad governor pence just sad that Donald Trump and rebuild the military now we won't. Donald Trump is avoiding paying taxes. The New York Times story and we need to get this but the New York Times story suggested. That he probably didn't pay taxes for about eighteen your starting in 1995. Those years included the years of 9/11. So get this. I'm not liven Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump's hometown was attacked. By the worst terrorist attack in history the United States. Young men and women young men and women signed up just serve in the military to fight terrorism. Hillary Clinton went to Washington to get funds to rebuild her city and protect first responders but Donald Trump was fighting a very different fight. It was a fight to avoid paying taxes so that he wouldn't support the fight against terror nationally important arts groups he wouldn't say he wouldn't support. This is important going. What a guy running for president. Will not support the troops. Not support veterans. Not support teachers that's real important and I saw about a lot but we do agree that notion has we have to create a humanitarian zone in northern Syria it's very important. Governor hence you have mentioned no fly zone. Out where did you propose setting up safe zones specifically how would you keep it safe. Well first and foremost Donald Trump supports our troops. Donald Trump supports our veterans you won't pay tax Donald Trump has paid all the taxes says he's do you not take to town and that's not a word about Hillary are. I don't I. So darkly that are honestly it is about our troops I understand how detailed. I ever sort of I started changes sought an act. I understand money want to change the subject and the money be very clear on this Russians and the larger question here you can astronomers part time pay tax Russia what are what we're dealing with. Is is there. You know there's an old proverb that says the Russian. Bear never dies you just hybrid next. And the truth of matters that we can feckless foreign policies Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama has awakened. And aggression in Russia the first of appeared a few years ago but they're moving Georgia and now their move into Crimea now they're moved into the wider Middle East and and all the while all we do is is sold arms and say we're not having talks anymore. To answer your question we just need American strength. Are we we need to we need to. Marshal the resources of our allies in the region and in the immediate need to act and act now to get people out of harm's way and exactly how reversal sounds more powerful Ramon safe that the safe zones would have to be. As does the senator said. There's already a framework for this has been recognized by the international community the United States of America needs to be prepared to work with our allies in the region to create. On route for safe passage and then to protect people in those areas including with a no flies. But look this this is very tough stuff I served on the foreign affairs committee for a decade I traveled in and out of that region for ten years I saw what the American soldier one. In Operation Iraqi Freedom and to see. The weakened feckless leadership and that Hillary Clinton was the architect in the foreign policy of the Obama. Let's let me let me come back is talking about troubling to me that we'll check on Friday night from governor does doesn't want to acknowledge a line he doesn't want to acknowledge. That we stop Iran in nuclear weapons program he does not want to acknowledge that Hillary was part of the team that got bin Laden. He doesn't want to acknowledge there just yet it's a good thing not a bad thing. That it's a good thing not a bad thing that we're down from a 175000. Troops deployed overseas to 151000 let me tell you if what were really make the Middle East dangerous. Donald Trump's idea that more nation should get nuclear weapons. Saudi Arabia Japan South Korea Ronald Reagan said something really interesting about nuclear proliferation back in the 1980s. He's had a problem with nuclear proliferation. Is that some Fuller maniac. Could trigger a catastrophic event. And I think that's governor passes running mate is exactly who President Reagan warned us senator. Senator there was even beneath you and Hillary Clinton and that that's pretty low for do you do you think you think we should have Barnett clerk more nuclear weapons on a world elect SA for. Senators. Reverend Ronald Reagan a broad and Ronald Reagan also said nuclear. Abortion ever before because it can never be won and the United States of America. Needs to make investments in modernizing our nuclear famers and he goes to Aaron Donald Trump's claim that she should get into our allies but let me go back to this or rams think I'm me. He keeps saying that they prevented that Hillary Clinton started the deal with the Iranians prevented. Iran from getting a nuclear weapon that's that's what I'm Israelis they got a Joint Chiefs of Staff is saying right well but that's that's not what that's not what Israel's things got got got guys and how you can go to China you wouldn't necessarily know that I know you boycotted prime minister Netanyahu speak our investment and as congress I visited members are proud of the speech that the point is what. What this around so called Iran deal did. Was essentially guaranteed to me when I was in congress I fought. Hard on a bipartisan basis. With Republican and Democrat members to move forward the toughest sanctions. It literally in the history of the United States agree that Hillary used and we were bringing them to heal but the goal was always that we would only lift the sanctions if Iran permanently renounced their nuclear might want he's just mentioned they have nine satellite when he finished sends them they have not renounce their nuclear ambitions. And when the deals period runs out. I'm no limitation on and obtaining weapons but I just aren't good senator Warner point seven billion dollars in a ransom payment talk about rushed I don't actually John I have emergencies. Six times tonight I have said to governor pants I can't imagine how you can defend your running mates position on one issue after the next. And an off six cases he's refused to the families runners or not I don't toward communism are but it. I'm not here is gonna get you got again yet he is asking everybody to vote for somebody that he cannot defend and I just think that you know I'm gone.

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