JBANC Sends Questionnaire to U.S. Presidential Candidates

January 29, 2008

Washington, DC (JBANC) --- On the eve of “Super Tuesday” on February 5, the Joint Baltic American National Committee, Inc. (JBANC) has sent a questionnaire to eight Democratic and Republican presidential candidates, asking each for their positions on key issues and concerns for the Baltic-American community.

Questionnaires were sent to Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, and Barack Obama; and Republicans Rudolph Giuliani, Mike Huckabee, John McCain, Ron Paul, and Mitt Romney.

The questions posed to the candidates:

  • What policy would you follow in U.S. relations with Russia given Russia’s increasing Soviet-style isolationism, anti-Western propaganda, and anti-democratic actions such as restrictions on a free media and return to a “one-party system”? How will you act to stem Russia's intimidation of neighboring countries, such as the Baltics, through boycotts, oil supply manipulation, cyber attacks, disinformation, and other means?
  • Given the increasingly bold use of energy supply manipulation by Russia as a coercive measure to divide Europe and weaken NATO, what do you think U.S. policy should be to address this problem?
  • Do you support NATO enlargement?
  • Do you support expanding trade with and increasing investment in the Baltics? If so, what measures would you propose?
  • How would you improve U.S. public diplomacy in the Baltic countries? Would you favor more exchanges and people-to-people contacts? If so, how would you deal with the problems of obtaining visas and the implementation of visa-free travel from the Baltic countries to the United States?

  • JBANC will publish the candidate positions and replies once they become available.

    Questionnaires have traditionally been sent by JBANC during every presidential cycle.

    Octobr 17, 2008 - President Bush Discusses the Visa Waiver Program
    Office of the Press Secretary/ White House News

    THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all. (Applause.) Please be seated, thank you. Welcome to the White House. I'm pleased to stand with the representatives of seven countries -- the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, and South Korea -- that have met the requirements to be admitted to the United States Visa Waiver Program. Soon the citizens of these nations will be able to travel to the United States for business or tourism without a visa. I congratulate these close friends and allies on this achievement, and I thank you for joining us here.

    I also thank Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of the Homeland -- Department of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff for working hard to make sure this day has finally arrived. Appreciate other members of the administration here and members of the Diplomatic Corps.

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