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Political Editors / Aug. 28, 2020

Cotton's Contrast Highlights Foreign Policy

The Arkansas Republican senator recounted Biden's failures and Trump's successes.

Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR), who in his speech before the RNC four years ago encouraged Americans to support Republicans by supporting Donald Trump, this time contrasted Trump’s impressive foreign policy successes with Joe Biden’s myriad foreign policy failures. Here’s the transcript of Cotton’s remarks as prepared for delivery.


Good evening. I’m Senator Tom Cotton. A lot’s changed in four years. Back then, we gathered in a rowdy arena. Tonight, you’re probably at home, while I stand alone. Stands Alone, that was the motto of my old army unit, the 506th Infantry, the original Band of Brothers. From the Normandy beaches to the Iraqi desert, we fought alongside each other, but we were always prepared to stand alone. And so it is with our nation. We lead the free world, but we’ll stand alone if we must to defend America.

Donald Trump understands this. He puts America first. That’s why America is safer now than four years ago. But Joe Biden would return us to a weak and dangerous past. Barack Obama’s own Secretary of Defense said Joe Biden has been wrong on nearly every major national security decision over the past four decades. So let’s compare the records of Joe Biden and Donald Trump.

Joe Biden slashed defense spending again and again. President Trump rebuilt our military and added the Space Force. Joe Biden let ISIS terrorists rampage across the Middle East. President Trump eliminated ISIS’ leader and destroyed its caliphate. Joe Biden opposed the mission to kill Osama bin Laden. President Trump avenged the murder of hundreds of Americans by killing Iran’s terrorist mastermind, Qasem Soleimani.

Joe Biden sent pallets of cash to the Ayatollahs. President Trump ripped up the dangerous Iran nuclear deal. Joe Biden treated Israel like a nuisance. President trump moved our embassy to Jerusalem and brokered peace deals in the Middle East. Joe Biden coddled socialist dictators in Cuba and Venezuela. President Trump fights against communism in America’s backyard and around the world.

And on the Communist Party of China, there is no comparison. Joe Biden aided and abetted China’s rise for 50 years with terrible trade deals that closed our factories and laid off our workers. President Trump stands up to China’s cheating and stealing and lying. Joe Biden allowed Chinese fentanyl to flood across our southern border. President Trump sanctioned Chinese drug dealers for poisoning our kids. Joe Biden said Chinese communist aren’t even our competitor, aren’t bad folks, just months before they unleashed this plague on the world. President Trump is clear-eyed about the Chinese threat and he is making China pay, but China’s not giving up. In fact, they’re rooting for Joe Biden.

America’s other enemies won’t give up either, but Joe Biden would be as wrong and weak over the next four years as he has been for the last 50. We need a president who stands up for America, not one who takes a knee strong. A strong and proud America is a safe America, safe from our enemies and safe from war. No one who’s seen the face of war desires to see it again. Too many of our fellow Americans are already honored at the hallowed grounds of Arlington. But if we want peace, we must be strong. Weakness is provocative. President Trump’s strength has kept us out of war. Joe Biden won’t stand up for America. Donald Trump will. So this November, let’s stand with the president and vote to keep America great.

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