Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Last Call For Alison On Foreign Policy

Kicking off her bus tour of the state yesterday, ending in the annual Fancy Farm campaign picnic this weekend, Alison Lundergan Grimes had plenty to say about the situation in Israel and Gaza.

Maybe a bit too much to say, actually.

As foreign policy inches its way into a debate that has largely focused on the economy, Grimes was asked about congressional efforts to aid Israel's missile defense system, known as the Iron Dome. 
"Obviously, Israel is one of our strongest allies in the Middle East, and she has the right to defend herself," Grimes said. "But the loss of life, especially the innocent civilians in Gaza, is a tragedy. The Iron Dome has been a big reason why Israel has been able to withstand the terrorists that have tried to tunnel their way in
"My hope is that a cease-fire can be structured. Ultimately, I think the long-term solution though is not one we can impose. It has to come from within. It's a two-state solution between Israel and Palestine."

Yeah, about that Iron Dome missile system and those tunnels, Alison...

Never mind.  At least she's for a two-state solution.  On to immigration!

On immigration, with the U.S. House of Representatives preparing a significantly scaled-down version of the emergency supplemental funding request to deal with the influx of migrant children at the southern U.S. border, Grimes was asked whether she thought it was worth it for Senate Democrats to attach comprehensive immigration reform even if that meant the proposal might fail. 
"We're a year too late for comprehensive immigration reform, but it's needed and necessary," she said.

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Well, I actually agree with that.

Damn, I really hope she knocks it out of the park at Fancy Farm, because she's been having a rough time of it this month.  She really needs a strong speech like her primary victory lap to really move the needle and get ahead of Mitch.

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