“No other country in world has its rights based in God-given rights.”

Posted on January 26, 2012 in Campaign Statements

"The Constitution is there to do one thing: protect God-given rights. That's what makes America different than every other country in the world. No other country in the world has its rights -- rights based in God-given rights, not government-given rights.And so when you say, well, faith has nothing to do with it, faith has everything to do with it. If our president believes that rights come to us from the state, everything government gives you, it can take away. The role of the government is to protect rights that cannot be taken away.And so the answer to that question...

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“The threat of radical Islam growing in [South America]...”

Posted on January 26, 2012 in Campaign Statements

"We only -- not only have to come together as an economic unit, but the threat of terrorism, the threat of Iran now in Venezuela and in other places, and Cuba and in Nicaragua, the threat of radical Islam growing in that region -- is it important for -- it's absolutely important for us to have a president who understands that threat and understands the solution is closer ties. I will visit that area of the world, repeatedly, to solidify those ties when I become president."

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“People who are found who are working here illegally, they need to be deported.”

Posted on January 26, 2012 in Campaign Statements

"And so I think we need to enforce the law at the border, secure the border. Secondly, we need to have employer enforcement, which means E-verify and then we need to have not only employers sanctioned, but we have to have people who are found who are working here illegally, they need to be deported. That is again the principle of having a rule of law and living by it. I am very much in favor of immigration. I'm not someone -- my dad came to this country and I'm someone who believes that -- that we need immigration. We...

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“If you want to be an American, you respect the laws of America.”

Posted on January 23, 2012 in Campaign Statements

"My father came to this country, my grandfather came to this country. He left my dad behind for five years. My dad was without a dad for almost the first five years of his life.And there are millions of stories across America of people making sacrifices because America was worth it to do it the right way. You come to this country and the first thing you do is to respect our laws. If you want to be an American, you respect the laws of America, and you do so continually while you’re here.We reward that kind of behavior. We...

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“If you’re working, probably you’ve stolen someone’s Social Security number.”

Posted on January 23, 2012 in Campaign Statements

"Well, [self-deportation] is happening now. I mean, people are going back now because they can’t find jobs because of the lack of employment opportunities.The bottom line is, is that if you do enforce the law and say that people who are here illegally, who are doing illegal acts — and that is working, which you’re not allowed to do — and if you’re working, probably you’ve stolen someone’s Social Security number, which you are not allowed to do — and that’s another law that is broken — that we should enforce the law. It’s not someone who has come here...

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“It would be reckless not to do something to stop them from getting this nuclear weapon.”

Posted on January 23, 2012 in Campaign Statements

"And when you asked the question, Brian, are we at — is this is an act of war? Well, let’s look at the acts of war that Iran — they are — they are holding hostages, they are attacking our troops. Their IEDs - the improvised explosive devices - that are killing our troops in Afghanistan and killed them in Iraq and maimed so many, were produced, and people were trained and funded in Iran specifically to kill American troops.You look at the ships that have been attacked by Iran, embassies were attacked by Iran. A — Iran has plotted...

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“Obama’s Iran policy has been a colossal failure.”

Posted on January 23, 2012 in Campaign Statements

"What happens if Iran gets a nuclear weapon and the entire world changes? Iran is not just another country, or a little, small country, as President Obama said classically during the campaign. Obama’s Iran policy has been a colossal failure.It’s been a failure because he’s not been true to the American public about the threat that Iran poses to the world. Not just to Israel, but to the world and to the United States.The bottom line is the theocracy that runs Iran is the equivalent of having al Qaeda in charge of a country with huge oil reserves, gas reserves,...

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“There is a growing network…working with the jihadists…they could come across our border.”

Posted on January 23, 2012 in Campaign Statements

"It’s not 1962. They’re now with the Cubans and the Venezuelans, the Nicaraguans. There is a growing network of folks now working with the jihadists, the Iranians, who are very, very excited about the opportunity to having platforms 90 miles off our coast, just like the Soviets were, very anxious to have platforms 90 miles off our coast, or in Venezuela, or in Nicaragua, and other places they could come across the southern border.This is a serious threat. It’s a threat that I’ve been talking about for about six or seven years. And it’s one that’s not going to go...

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“If they’ve worked for 25 years they’ve been breaking the law for 25 years.”

Posted on January 19, 2012 in Campaign Statements

"And if you want to be an American, the first thing you should do is respect our laws and obey our laws. And the idea that someone, whether it's either of these two gentlemen, whether the idea that someone who came here and lived here 25 years has only broken one law, if they've worked for 25 years they've been breaking the law for 25 years. If they've been working they have probably stolen someone's Social Security number and they've committed Social Security fraud. This is not just a single occurrence. It's an ongoing issue. And if we treat people...

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“If you are a citizen and…being held indefinitely…you have the right to go to a federal court.”

Posted on January 16, 2012 in Campaign Statements

"First off, I would say this, what the law should be and what the law has been is that if you are a United States citizen and you are detained as an enemy combatant, then you have the right to go to federal court and file a habeas corpus position and be provided a lawyer. That was the state of the law before the National Defense Authorization Act and that should be the state of the law today.If you are not an American citizen, that's one thing. But if you are a citizen and you are being held indefinitely, then...

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