Last fall, we asked
the presidential candidates how they would deal
with countries like
Iran and North Korea.
This is what they said.
Would you re-enter the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran? Why or why not?
(I) would re-enter the agreement on day one of (my) presidency and build upon it with additional measures to further block any path to an Iranian nuclear weapon…
If Iran resumes implementing its commitments, then I would rejoin. But I would take the agreement as a floor, not a ceiling.
I’m not sure if there is a workable deal to be had today. But, as president, I will pursue every means I have to ensure that nuclear weapons do not spread.
We need to stabilize the region and ensure Iran doesn’t gain nuclear weapons, and the JCPOA was helping to accomplish these goals.
I disagreed with Trump’s decision to abandon the deal on Iran’s nuclear program … I’ve long said that the United States must think about a post-JCPOA world.
If you are elected, how would you interact with North Korea?
What relationship would the U.S.
and North Korea have?
I would be prepared to consider partial, limited sanctions relief in return for a strong, verifiable agreement that keeps North Korea from expanding its arsenal or proliferating to other countries.
I will pursue smart diplomacy and work with our allies towards denuclearization in North Korea, using the historic Iran Nuclear Deal that blocked Iran from getting a nuclear weapon as a blueprint for an effective negotiation.
(I) would be prepared to offer incentives for positive actions, but these must be tied directly to verifiable and irreversible steps toward denuclearization.
I would pursue an agreement that takes steps toward the ultimate goal of denuclearization of North Korea. However, I would not weaken sanctions until North Korea makes verified progress.
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Should the federal government
re-institute the death penalty?
If yes, for what crimes?
Studies show that capital punishment is often applied in a manner that’s biased against people of color and those with a mental illness. I oppose the death penalty.
Absolutely not. The death penalty is cruel and unusual punishment, is applied disproportionately to people of color, and has been debunked as a deterrant to violent crime.
…the death penalty is not only ineffective and immoral, but also fraught with biases against people of color, low-income individuals, and those with mental illness.
Candidates were given the same set of questions to answer within a specific timeframe. Candidates that were not featured did not provide a response. Answers have been edited for clarity.