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Russia

How should America respond to Russian aggression?

Bush says: Push back, even if it risks war.

From NPR: ""There should be a clear understanding of, first of all, our support for the Russian people. We need to make it clear that while Mr. Putin is a ruthless pragmatist - he will push until someone pushes back - and I believe NATO's responsibility is to do just that," Bush said during the question and answer session."
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Carson says: Push back, even if it risks war.

From BenCarson.com: "The United States must be resolute in the face of [] Russian transgressions... President Putin must come to learn that there will be grave and serious consequences when Russia engages in naked aggression against other sovereign nations and free peoples. All options should remain on the table when dealing with international bullies such as President Putin."
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Christie says: Push back, even if it risks war.

From the NY Times: ""My first phone call [as President] would be to Vladimir [Putin], and I'd say, 'Listen, we're enforcing this no-fly zone,'" Mr. Christie said on MSNBC. "And I mean we're enforcing it against anyone, including you. So don't try me. Don't try me. Because I'll do it.""
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Clinton says: Push back, even if it risks war.

From U.S. News & World Report: ""I personally would be advocating now for a no-fly zone [to stop Russian flights in Syria] and humanitarian corridors to try to stop the carnage on the ground and from the air," Clinton said... "at this point we have to put a lot of pressure on Russia.""
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Cruz says: Push back, even if it risks war.

From Cruz's Senate website: "Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) echoed Ronald Reagan's famous challenge to former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev on Tuesday when he officially called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to return territory Russia annexed earlier this year back to Ukraine. "Mr. Putin, give back Crimea," Cruz said at the Young America's Foundation in Washington."Why is it so unimaginable for President Obama to utter those words?""
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Fiorina says: Push back, even if it risks war.

From Breitbart: "Fiorina identified another of her foreign policy priorities as "to finally push back against [Russian President] Vladimir Putin." Noting how Putin had consolidated political, military and economic power, and was "making real progress on territorial power" but was "basically not being challenged at all." Fiorina criticized the Obama administration as "providing a false choice" between its weak approach and going to war."
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Graham says: Push back, even if it risks war.

From LindseyGraham.com: "We have allies who are actively combating the aggressions of dictatorial powers that are hostile to the U.S. From pro-Western Ukrainians combatting Vladimir Putin's land grab and continued agitations on sovereign soil to moderate Syrian rebels who are fighting Bashar al Assad’s murderous regime, there are a number of groups that need and deserve our support. Our economic, political, and military aid could be the decisive factor in these conflicts and would provide an efficient way to confront threats to our national security without placing a high burden on U.S. troops or taxpayers."
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Huckabee says: Push back, even if it risks war.

From Huckabee's Facebook account: "President Obama has already placed sanctions on a number of Russian businesses over Putin's aggression against Ukraine, and it hasn't fazed him.... "When you create a military vacuum, something fills it." If it's not America, then God help us all."
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Jindal says: Push back, even if it risks war.

From CNN: "Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Monday joined the chorus of Republicans urging President Barack Obama to take a stronger stance against Russia and arm the Ukrainians.... Jindal argued that the U.S. needs to change Russian President Vladimir Putin's "calculus" by providing weapons and assistance to the Ukrainian government in their fight against Russian-backed separatists."
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Kasich says: Push back, even if it risks war.

From the Washington Times: "Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Friday the United States should establish no-fly zones and sanctuaries along Syria's border with Jordan and Turkey, and warn aggressors, specifically Russian President Vladimir Putin, that they violate those buffers at their own risk."
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O'Malley says: Impose economic sanctions only.

From CNN: "No-fly zones sound attractive, but no-fly zones also have to be enforced. And given the fact that the Russian air force is in the airspace over Syria, this could lead to an escalation of Cold War proportions because of an accident, and I don't think that's in the best interests of the United States... [W]e have to push up the diplomatic pressure to get Russia to focus on ISIS[.]"
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Pataki says: Push back, even if it risks war.

From the Hugh Hewitt show: "It's far better to show to Putin our strength, our commitment, our willingness to put troops on the ground in our allies to avoid war. You know, I want to rebuild our military not so we can use it, but so that we don't have to use it. And whether it's Poland with the anti-ballistic missile deterrent system that this President pulled the rug out from under, or taking whatever necessary steps to let Putin know that one step into the Baltics against our NATO allies means war."
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Paul says: Push back, even if it risks war.

From Paul's Op-Ed in Time: "Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine is a gross violation of that nation's sovereignty and an affront to the international community. His continuing occupation of Ukraine is completely unacceptable, and Russia's President should be isolated for his actions. It is America's duty to condemn these actions in no uncertain terms. It is our role as a global leader to be the strongest nation in opposing Russia's latest aggression."
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Rubio says: Push back, even if it risks war.

From MarcoRubio.com: "The last few years' events in Ukraine, Russia, and elsewhere prove we are barreling toward a second Cold War. As the Obama-Clinton record has shown, the longer we wait to stand strong against Putin's Russia, the higher the price of our inaction will be. Strong American leadership is the only force capable of ensuring that peace and security once again prevail."
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Sanders says: Impose economic sanctions only.

From Sanders' Senate Website: "The entire world has got to stand up to Putin. We've got to deal with sanctions. There are a number of things that you could do. But this is what you don't do: You don't go to war. You don't sacrifice lives of young people in this country as we did in Iraq and Afghanistan."
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Santorum says: Push back, even if it risks war.

From Politico: "When asked about President Barack Obama's approach to Russia, Santorum in an interview criticized the pace of the administration's response. "They're slowly amping up, instead of standing by our ally," he said. "I would be saying it's about time we start getting tough with the Russians, standing by our allies and not tolerating this type of outrageous aggression on the part of [Russian President Vladimir] Putin and the Russian government," he said. "Weakness creates vacuums, and Putin has filled that vacuum.""
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Trump says: Push back, even if it risks war.

From Today: "Donald Trump slammed President Obama Thursday on TODAY for failing to take a stronger line against President Vladimir Putin in dealing with Ukraine, saying he feared Obama would now make up for lost time with imprudent moves to "show his manhood."... "We should definitely do sanctions and we have to show some strengths. I mean, Putin has eaten Obama's lunch, therefore our lunch, for a long period of time," Trump said."
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