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National security begins at home - with health security

We're taking our message out to Iowans and people across the country


I'm talking to people across Iowa - but also around the country. Part of that is engaging with lots of great people who defend causes close to my hearts. One of those - which was a passion that led me to organize the first ever robotics olympics for young people from 158 nations (including an Afghan all-girl team) - is young people and their future. That's why I'm proud to be an early supporter of the call for a youth town hall for candidates, organized by Students for Increased Voter Participation (more here).

Here in Iowa, I met with the great people of the Downtown Des Moines Democrats yesterday to talk about my vision for domestic and foreign policy, and why we need proven leadership at home and abroad. We talked about my time in the Navy, affordable education, healthcare, my policies on the border and what I'd do on day one. I reminded everyone attending that I ran my first ever House campaign with the motto: "national security begins at home with health security."

Our events

Want to join us? You can find all our events here.

• I'll be speaking at the Louisa County Democratic Party meeting on July 11th from 4.30pm-6pm – join us at City Hall, Columbus Jct. 232 2nd St Columbus Junction, IA 52738 (more information here).

• Come meet me at the Scott County Democrats event at UFCW Hall, 2411 W. Central Park in Davenport (7pm-8.30pm, July 11).

• I will be speaking at the Veterans for Peace (Chapter 169) Annual Picnic in Cedar Rapids. The theme of this year's event is to celebrate diversity of and contributions by the immigrants from many places and cultures who call Cedar Rapids home. There will be a potluck, music and speeches. The speeches will start at about 12:00. The event will be held on July 13th at the Parkview Pavilion, Jones Park, 201 Wilson Ave. Dr. SW, Cedar Rapids. (The pavilion is accessed off 29th Ave. Drive, two blocks east of Bowling St.)

• I will be speaking and flipping pancakes at the Lake Mills July Jubilee American Legion Pancake Breakfast (227 W Main St, Lake Mills, IA 50450, USA) at 8am on July 14th.

• I'll be marching in the Muscatine County Parade (Muscatine County Fair Grounds, 101 N Clay St, West Liberty, IA 52776, USA) at 2pm on Sunday, July 14th.

• I'll also be marching in the Polk City parade on the 20th. Stay tuned for more information!

Interested in my policies? Check out my Plan for America.

I have detailed policy papers on twelve areas that are crucial for our country at home and abroad.

Today, I wanted to highlight my approach on foreign policy and defense. During my 31 years in the United States Navy - from the height of the Cold War to post-September 11th world - I traveled to more than 80 countries. I developed a profound and abiding respect for our allies whom I served alongside, and early on came to realize just how interconnected we are with other countries. As Director of Defense Policy under President Clinton and as a U.S. Congressman, I experienced first-hand the challenges of conducting a thoughtful, principled foreign policy in the context of a complicated and dangerous world. I know - deep down in my gut - that America's prosperity at home is inextricably tied to economic development, stability, and peace abroad. As President, I will work to strengthen our alliances, modernize our military, and ensure peace and security for all Americans.

What will I do in office?

• Reverse America's retreat from the global community with a strategy of engagement, and restore our standing in the world.

• Repair our fractured relationships with our closest allies.

• Stand up to belligerent actors on the world stage, from Russia to China to North Korea.

• Re-join the Iranian nuclear deal to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

• Reform our military by transforming it from measuring our prowess by force structure numbers to focusing on the capability of cyberspace and sensors for a much more effective and less costly military.

• Emphasize the importance of dominating cyberspace, in the realms of both cyber-security and cyber-warfare.

• Support all of our military servicemembers, including LGBT heroes.

• Provide better services and opportunities for our returning veterans.

• Re-join the Paris Accord and restore U.S. leadership to the process of fighting the existential threat of climate change.

• Establish closer economic ties with countries around the world, because countries that trade and do business with each other are much less likely to fight wars.


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