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Race for Congress: Where they stand on foreign policy

Editor’s note: A fifth candiate for the seat, Kari Ilonummi of Arlington, Washington, did not respond to calls and an email asking him to participate.

Jim Camdenjimc@spokesman.com


Lisa Brown (Democrat)

Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Republican)

Jered Bonneau (Republican)

Dave Saulibio (Trump populist)

Q: Was the administration right to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem?

Lisa Brown - It depends

It depends

Agrees with goal of moving the embassy, disagrees with timing and way administration executed decision.

Cathy McMorris Rodgers - Absolutely

Absolutely

Israel is our greatest Middle East friend and ally, and Jerusalem is its eternal capital.

Jered Bonneau - Absolutely

Absolutely

Jerusalem is the holy city and capital of Israel.

Dave Saulibio - Yes

Yes

It’s their capital city. Trump followed through where other presidents were all talk.

Q: What action, if any, should the U.S. take in response to Israel’s use of deadly force against Palestinian protests as a result of that move?

Lisa Brown - It depends

It depends

U.S. has a responsibility to speak against evidence of human rights violations, should work with Israel and Palestinians for a two-state solution.

Cathy McMorris Rodgers - None

None

Claims that these were peaceful were untrue. What we saw was caused by Hamas and its allies.

Jered Bonneau - None

None

Those were not protesters. They attacked Israel, which acted in self-defense.

Dave Saulibio - None

None

It’s their country, it’s their border. They have the right.

Q: Should President Donald Trump get authorization from Congress before taking any more military action against Syria?

Lisa Brown - Yes

Yes

It’s the constitutional role of Congress to approve military action like that. Republican leaders should stand up to the president on this.

Cathy McMorris Rodgers - It depends

It depends

Actions so far have been appropriate. The president should have open dialogue with Congress for any in the future.

Jered Bonneau - It depends

It depends

Not if our troops are attacked. Any other action, per the Constitution, needs congressional approval.

Dave Saulibio - No

No

Let him handle it. Congress has more issues to worry about, like the debt, Social Security and immigration.

Q: Should the U.S require denuclearization of North Korea before easing sanctions?

Lisa Brown - Yes

Yes

When the administration makes conflicting statements, doesn’t work with allies and reverses course, instability is the result.

Cathy McMorris Rodgers - Yes

Yes

North Korea has a history of using talks to buy time. We must be firm.

Jered Bonneau - Absolutely

Absolutely

Dave Saulibio - Yes

Yes

Keep up the pressure. Don’t trust “Rocket Man.”

Q: Do you support President Trump’s decision to add more troops and military resources to Afghanistan?

Lisa Brown - No

No

Victory in Afghanistan shouldn’t be a military one, it should be a diplomatic one.

Cathy McMorris Rodgers - Yes

Yes

His stance in Afghanistan has the support of the Afghan government.

Jered Bonneau - Yes

Yes

Trump is being advised by generals who know how to win conflicts.

Dave Saulibio - Yes

Yes

We need to finish the job and give field commanders the resources.

Q: Should the North American Free Trade Agreement be abandoned, renegotiated or kept essentially as it is?

Lisa Brown - Renegotiated

Renegotiated

But the administration may have missed the time line for Congress to renew any new agreement.

Cathy McMorris Rodgers - Renegotiated

Renegotiated

To keep up with the 21st century on issues like intellectual property rights.

Jered Bonneau - Renegotiated

Renegotiated

To support America First; if that can’t happen, then dissolve it.

Dave Saulibio - Possibly abolished

Possibly abolished

If we don’t get a better deal, walk away at some point.

Q: Do you support the administration’s proposed tariffs on steel and aluminum?

Lisa Brown - No

No

Tariffs can be a tool to level the field in trade agreements but these were done unilaterally and without much foresight.

Cathy McMorris Rodgers - No

No

Doesn’t support across-the-board approach and has made that clear to administration. Supports a targeted approach.

Jered Bonneau - Yes

Yes

This has already been effective and is helping America First policies.

Dave Saulibio - Yes

Yes

It’s about time. The world plays football on trade, we play baseball.

Q: Should the U.S. increase sanctions on Russia?

Lisa Brown - Yes

Yes

Implement sanctions already passed by Congress. Republican leadership should stand up to administration on this issue.

Cathy McMorris Rodgers - Yes

Yes

Congress approved sanctions last year for interference in the election.

Jered Bonneau - No

No

We should be looking for ways to restore relations with Russia.

Dave Saulibio - Yes

Yes

Send them a message, focus on energy, get oil down to the $30 per barrel range.

Q: Was the U.S. correct to pull out of the Iranian nuclear agreement?

Lisa Brown - No

No

Implementation and enforcement issues need to be fixed but unilaterally pulling out without a clear strategy was wrong.

Cathy McMorris Rodgers - Yes

Yes

It was flawed and didn’t do enough to stop Iran. We need a new direction.

Jered Bonneau - Absolutely

Absolutely

This was a massive mistake among many by President Barack Obama’s administration.

Dave Saulibio - Yes

Yes

Didn’t care for the sunset clause and it couldn’t be verified.

Q: Should the federal government separate parents and children who are detained for entering the U.S. without proper documentation?

Lisa Brown - No

No

Unless the parent was accused of a crime and is jailed while going through the legal process.

Cathy McMorris Rodgers - No

No

Doesn’t believe in tearing families apart. We should increase border security so families aren’t put in this situation.

Jered Bonneau - No

No

If they cross illegally, families should be detained together and sent back together.

Dave Saulibio - Yes

Yes

There’s a potential toll but the U.S. should follow procedures, even if it means separating families.

Q: Should the U.S. grant asylum status to people from Central America arriving in caravans?

Lisa Brown - If they qualify

If they qualify

Regardless of how they arrive, should get due process. U.S. should work with other countries to ensure safe places for refugees and constantly re-evaluate policies.

Cathy McMorris Rodgers - No

No

There’s a pre-established program for asylum. We should be open and welcoming, but large activism on the border is not the way to go.

Jered Bonneau - No

No

This is an illegal and planned invasion. No asylum for criminals.

Dave Saulibio - No

No

We need to secure the border, and this adds to the immigration problem.

Q: Should the U.S. recognize Taiwan as an independent nation and increase arms sales to the Taiwanese?

Lisa Brown - No

No

A 1979 law prevents recognizing Taiwan, Congress should not reverse that without a diplomatic process.

Cathy McMorris Rodgers - No

No

Continues to support the one China policy. Include Taiwan in international panels and make sure it is defended.

Jered Bonneau - Not now

Not now

Because of the state of relations with China, trying to calm the storm Obama created.

Dave Saulibio - Yes

Yes

They are a good ally and trading partner, doesn’t care how China feels.

Q: Should the U.S. lift the embargo and normalize relations with Cuba?

Lisa Brown - Yes

Yes

Visited Cuba in 2016 on a trade mission and saw large potential for ag trade and science exchange.

Cathy McMorris Rodgers - No

No

Until Cuba chooses to grant basic human rights to citizens sees no reason to grant them access to the U.S.

Jered Bonneau - Not now

Not now

Should see more conditions regarding human rights and democracy met first.

Dave Saulibio - No

No

Doesn’t see what we’re going to get out of that.