When it comes to the 4th Congressional District, one of the issues candidates are looking at is national security.
KSN spoke to democratic candidates about their take on the issue, including President Trump’s talks with North Korea and denuclearization.
“North Korea is not our friend, and particularly when you’re talking about their leader,” said Laura Lombard, a democratic candidate for the 4th Congressional District.”He’s looking to open up North Korea to the world to some degree and not have so many sanctions.”
“I hold out hope that he’s successful,” said James Thompson, a democratic candidate for the 4th Congressional District. “But, based on the history of North Korea, I don’t think that it ultimately will be, because they made these promises before and never followed through with them.”
Both Lombard and Thompson say more steps need to be taken with North Korea.
“Denuclearization is going to be the preferred outcome,” said Thompson. “You know opening up trade would be preferable. There’s going to be a lot of people there that we can open up trade agreements with, which would be good. But, we also have to make sure that they’re being consistent in the way they do things, making sure that they’re protecting human rights.”
“It’s a little bit too idealistic to believe that without us making sure that we have ways to to oversee what they’re doing in terms of their nuclear program, that has to be there if we’re going to have a real deal with them,” said Lombard.
Another point of focus when it comes to national security is Russia and its meddling in U.S. elections.
“There need to be some major repercussions to Russia meddling in our elections,” said Lombard. “Again, they need to know that that’s not acceptable, that we’re not going to stand for that. I would look at sanctions, additional sanctions, personally.”
“I think the first thing that needs to be done is, the sanctions that congress imposed need to be implemented by the current, said Thompson. “Refusing to implement that sends a message that is inconsistent with the will of the people of this country.”