In several jurisdictions this is election day, mostly for state and local officials. It also begins the one-year countdown for the 2016 presidential election.
Following are links to the issue-sections of five currently prominent presidential contenders. Each of these links connect to the candidate’s position on issues this blog treats as relevant to homeland security.
Ben Carson: Among the ten policy issues on Dr. Carson’s campaign website, his commitment to keeping Gitmo open is given top tier attention. The Second Amendment is highlighted as providing “our citizens the right to protect themselves from threats foreign or domestic.”
Hillary Clinton: Under her National Security statement are several references to HS issues (cyber, counter-terrorism, pandemics, “Keeping our homeland secure”). Elsewhere she gives attention to climate change and energy, criminal justice reform, gun violence prevention, and immigration reform.
Marco Rubio: The Senator from Florida gives particular attention to defeating ISIS and ties this to lone-wolf attacks in order to “protect the homeland”. Mr. Rubio offers, “the Second Amendment is about the American Dream”.
Bernie Sanders: Under the rubric War and Peace, Senator Sanders outlines his approach to combating terrorism. Elsewhere he also gives considerable attention to climate change and to immigration reform. In this quick review of campaign websites, the Senator from Vermont is the only currently leading contender to address intelligence-gathering, saying, “We must not trade away our constitutional rights and civil liberties for the illusion of security”.
In the 2008 presidential campaign Senator Obama gathered an explicit Homeland Security Advisory Council and Senator McCain had an identifiable HS sub-set within his more informal campaign policy structure. I will be surprised to see homeland security — as an organizing principle — get anything close to equal attention in the current presidential campaign.