Four possible 2016 GOP presidential prospects are scheduled to speak Saturday at the S.C. National Security Action Summit at Brookland Baptist Church’s conference center.
Before the event, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania shared some of what they plan to discuss.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton also are speaking at the event.
U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-Seneca, was invited to participate but has a scheduling conflict, his spokesman said.
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What they said:
Question: What do you plan to discuss at the summit?
Jindal: “Radical Islam (and) the need for Muslim leaders to specifically call out and condemn individual terrorists, not just general acts of violence, and say (they) are not martyrs and enjoying a reward of the afterlife. ... The need for peace through strength. ... There is less need to use the military when it is feared and respected. The best way to avoid war is to prepare for it.”
Santorum: In his prepared remarks for the event, sent through a spokesman, Santorum says the U.S. must be ready for war with Iran, while working to avoid it. Santorum, who finished second in the 2012 GOP presidential race, says war can be avoided by increasing economic sanctions and international diplomatic pressure on Iran to ensure the country does not build a nuclear weapon.
Question: What is the single biggest threat to U.S. security, and what should U.S. leaders be doing to protect the country against it?
Jindal: “The potential of a nuclear-armed Iran. ... The short-term threat is radical Islam and President Obama’s current inability to recognize it. ... The way you win a war is by killing the enemy.”
Question: Should S.C. residents accept military cuts as necessary to help reduce the nation’s debt and deficits?
Jindal: “It was mistake for Congress to agree with the sequestration cuts on the Defense Department. We need to have sequestration on domestic spending – those cuts should continue. ... We shouldn’t be balancing the budget on the backs of our soldiers who are standing in harms way. ... I agree with Gov. Nikki Haley that these bases are important.”