George Pataki on Homeland Security

Republican NY Governor


Women in any military role as long as they can do the job

Sen. SANTORUM [to Pataki]: [In allowing women in combat, Obama] pushed a political agenda above the safety, security, and effectiveness of our fighting units. I would change the policy.

PATAKI: I completely disagree with Rick. This is America. And we've made enormous progress. And I don't care if you're a man or a woman. I care if you're good and capable of doing the job. If you can do the job--don't lower standards, don't lower the criteria--but if a woman is capable of doing these jobs, there is no reason why we should deny a patriot who wants to serve and help defend our country that right.

SANTORUM: That's exactly what I said.

PATAKI: You said you would reverse the policy.

SANTORUM: If they can do the job, I will allow them to do so. But if they cannot, I would reverse the policy.

PATAKI: In Iraq, the Peshmerga, the Kurds-many of their top fighters are women. This is the 21st century. We want to give women the opportunity to do whatever they are capable of achieving in this country

Source: 2015 CNN/Salem Republican second-tier debate , Dec 15, 2015

We must unite to keep America safe from radical Islam

Radical Islam poses a threat to our safety not just overseas, but in every community in America. Our party needs to nominate a strong leader who will unite us as Republicans, but more importantly, unite us as Americans, committed to destroying and defeating radical Islam, restoring our confidence in our safety here, and our belief in freedom, and that the best of America is ahead of us.
Source: 2015 CNN/Salem Republican second-tier debate , Dec 15, 2015

Inciting terrorism is not constitutional free speech

I think it's important that we do everything in our power to prevent radicalization of Americans here. I'm a great believer in the First Amendment, of Freedom of Speech. I wish we had more of it on campuses, but you can't shout fire in a crowded theater. Calling on Americans to engage in violence against their fellow Americans in the name of jihad is crying fire in a crowded theater. It is not constitutionally protected speech.
Source: 2015 CNN/Salem Republican second-tier debate , Dec 15, 2015

We entered Iraq as liberators & became occupiers by staying

I don't want to see us occupy a country. I've been to Iraq and Afghanistan. The first time, I had an uneasy feeling that when we went there we were liberators. But as we stayed, we became occupiers. I saw American troops move into some of Saddam's old palaces. I thought that was exactly the wrong message. We do not have to occupy. We do not have to nation build and try to create a democracy where one hasn't existed. We have to destroy ISIS, protect our safety and our freedom here, and get out.
Source: 2015 CNN/Salem Republican second-tier debate , Dec 15, 2015

Far more to help our military & help our veterans

Q [to GRAHAM]: Gov. Jindal calls the 2015 budget deal a "phony deal, it doesn't do anything."

GRAHAM: This budget, if it is paid for, will put $40 billion dollars back in the defense department at a time we need it. The problems with the V.A. are real.

PATAKI: I think it was a bad deal, but I would have voted for it for a very simple reason. Barack Obama is the first president in American history to hold our military hostage. He knew that we needed funding for overseas contingency operations, $40 billion dollars that would go to support our troops. And, he was prepared, and had vetoed it, unless this deal went through. I have two sons, they both served overseas. One in Iraq, and one in Afghanistan, and I understand that we have got to do far more to help our military, help our veterans, and help protect our security. This is a bad deal, but to protect our military, I would have signed it.

Source: GOP `Your Money/Your Vote` 2015 CNBC 2nd-tier debate , Oct 28, 2015

Preaching jihad is not protected speech, even in mosques

Q: How far are you willing to go to root out ISIS-inspired terrorists here at home? Would you put mosques, for example, under surveillance? Or is that against religious liberty?

PATAKI: Religious liberty doesn't include encouraging a fellow American to engage in violent jihad and kill an American here. That is not protected free speech. That is not protected religious belief. That is like shouting "fire" in a crowded theater, and that is illegal, and I would do everything in our power not just to go after those who are here who we know who are here, before they can radicalize other Americans to carry out attacks, and it's not just the ones they've arrested. We have to shut down their internet capability. We have to shut down, whether or not they're in prisons preaching or in mosques preaching. No radical Islam that is allowed to engage in encouraging violence against Americans, that is not protected speech. We have got to destroy their training camps and recruiting centers.

Source: Fox News/Facebook Second Tier debate transcript , Aug 6, 2015

Freeze government hiring except military & defense

Q: What would be your first executive order?

PATAKI: I defeated Mario Cuomo. In the first day in office, my first executive order, I revoked every one of the executive orders that he had enacted over the prior 12 years. I would do that to Barack Obama's executive orders. But I'd sign a second one, as I did in New York, as well, having a hard hiring freeze on adding new employees except for the military or defense-related positions. I'd sign that executive order. I will do that in Washington.

Source: Fox News/Facebook Second Tier debate transcript , Aug 6, 2015

A strong America is a safe America: strengthen our military

I will not forget the lesson of Sept. 11th. I fear too many in Washington already have.

In the face of an increasingly dangerous world this is not the time to weaken America's military, it's time to strengthen our military. Not so that we can use it, but so that we don't HAVE to use it. A strong America is a safe America.

Ronald Reagan proved that peace through strength is more than a slogan. Peace through strength is a policy that works. Weakness, equivocation and false promises lead only to chaos, brutality and war. The world is a better place when America is strong, an

Source: 2016 presidential campaign website: Announcement speech , May 28, 2015

Reauthorize the Patriot Act, including collecting phone data

Pataki, who was governor of New York during the 9/11 terrorist attacks, says the National Security Agency should be allowed to continue to collect phone data of Americans to help combat terrorism. On May 20, Pataki tweeted to Rand Paul, "Let's not forget lessons of 9/11, with ISIS openly recruiting online, letting the #PatriotAct go dark will make us less safe." Pataki has long supported the PATRIOT Act, including the bulk collection of phone metadata by the NSA.
Source: PBS News Hour "2016 Candidate Stands" series , May 28, 2015

We must win the War on Terror to keep America safe

Governor Pataki has also been one of the nationís most outspoken advocates in support of the War on Terror to keep America safe. New York State has passed the toughest anti-terror laws in the nation. Governor Pataki believes strongly that America must win the War on Terror, and that we must take the fight to the terrorists before they have the chance again to take the fight to us.
Source: PAC website, www.FreedomPac.com , Dec 1, 2006

Deal with terrorism as a joint federal-state responsibility.

Pataki adopted the National Governors Association policy:

Source: NGA policy HR-10: Domestic Terrorism 01-NGA5 on Feb 15, 2001

Include states in anti-terrorism planning.

Pataki adopted the National Governors Association position paper:

The Issue

The issue of terrorism will be of major focus for the 107th Congress. Governors have a critical interest in controlling domestic terrorism because they are responsible for ensuring that state and local authorities have the ability to deal with natural disasters and other types of major emergencies, including terrorist incidents.

NGAís Position

NGA believes that any national strategy for dealing with terrorist incidents should include planning and training by state and local forces. The unique nature of terrorism coupled with national security implications requires the support and expertise of the federal government in working with state and local government in developing capabilities. A clear national strategy developed through a partnership among federal agencies and key state, local, and private sector stakeholders is essential to drive operational and programmatic planning, training, and service delivery in combating terrorism.
Source: National Governors Association "Issues / Positions" 01-NGA7 on Sep 14, 2001

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