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Candidate Positions on Afghanistan

Read the full responses from candidates below. “Answer option” is the choice given in the quiz, and “Candidate’s position” shows the candidate’s response to MPR News.

Question: What changes would you propose to the war policy in Afghanistan?
John KlineJohn Kline ANSWER OPTION: Enhancing the security of Afghanistan also requires an increase in support from our NATO allies.
CANDIDATE'S POSITION: In February, 2008, Congressman Kline traveled with a Congressional delegation to Afghanistan where he met with high ranking military officials to discuss progress being made by Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs) in rebuilding Afghanistan. "To improve the infrastructure and security there, we must empower local government officials and increase civilian participation," Kline said after the trip. "Enhancing the security of Afghanistan also requires an increase in support from our NATO allies." (More Info)

Steve SarviSteve Sarvi ANSWER OPTION: I support increasing the number of troops in Afghanistan, but we have to remember that there, like in Iraq, only a political solution will lead to long-lasting peace.
CANDIDATE'S POSITION: Afghanistan should have remained our top priority following September 11, 2001, but the Bush administration, supported wholeheartedly by my opponent, Rep. John Kline, decided instead to focus on Iraq -- a country that was not involved in the 9/11 attacks in any way and did not represent an immediate threat to our nation. I support increasing the number of troops in Afghanistan, but we have to remember that there, like in Iraq, only a political solution will lead to long-lasting peace. Recent news about American soldiers being authorized to engage in combat operations inside Pakistan is worrisome, as this will only fuel hatred against our country. We need to get at the root causes of the kind of violence we see there -- namely, lives lived without hope for a good future. By helping provide economic incentives, we can turn people away from violence and towards better and more peaceful lives.