Candidate Questionnaire Responses
Responses from Eric Griego (D-NM 01)
The U.S. Role in the World
1. What role do you believe the U.S. should play in the world today?
In today's increasingly multi-polar world, the U.S. still has a critical leadership role to play to promote regional and international cooperation on solving a myriad of important issues such as: global climate change, the proliferation of nuclear weapons, fighting terrorism, fostering peace, and ending genocide and hunger.
2. Under what circumstances would you authorize the President to take military action?
I believe that military action should only be authorized if there is verifiable and imminent threat to American lives or significant harm to U.S. strategic interests and allies, and only after diplomatic options have been exhausted.
3. Will you support legislation directing the U.S. government to develop a comprehensive plan for prevention of genocides and atrocities around the globe?
The U.S. must be willing to lead the international community with a coherent strategy to fight potential human crisis before they happen and respond quickly to events.
Protection of Civilians from Mass Atrocities
4. Will you support efforts of the U.S. government to protect civilians in situations where their own countries are either unable to do so or are deliberately subjecting their own civilians to genocide or crimes against humanity, working within international law and through the U.N. system and the U.N. Security Council?
We must use our resources and military advantage to intervene with the international community to protect innocent civilians from their own governments when necessary.
5. Will you support the call for the U.S. and other permanent members of the U.N. Security Council to voluntarily refrain from the use or threat of a veto regarding situations involving ongoing genocide, crimes against humanity, or war crimes?
United Nations: US Leadership and Contributions
6. Do you support the full and timely payment by the U.S. of its funding obligations to the U.N. and the U.N. special fund for peacekeeping operations?
International institutions such as the UN and regional organizations play a vital role in promoting peace, prosperity and justice. The U.S. should be committed to supporting these institutions.
7. Will you support providing the necessary personnel, logistical support, and equipment to U.N. peacekeeping missions when the U.S. government supports such action through the U.N. Security Council?
My brother was part of a multinational peacekeeping force in the Sinai and we should be willing to work closely with UN allies in such efforts.
International Human Rights: The United Nations Human Rights Council
8. Will you support continued U.S. engagement with the U.N. Human Rights Council?
I support an even more active role for the U.S. in using the Council to promote human rights around the world.
International Criminal Court
9. Will you support greater U.S. cooperation with the International Criminal Court (ICC) in situations where it is in the U.S. interest to bring to justice perpetrators of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity?
We must be willing to participate in such tribunals.
10. Will you support the continued U.S. participation as an observer in the ICC’s governing body (known as the Assembly of States Parties)?
11. Do you support Senate accession and U.S. ratification of the Rome Statute, which would make the U.S. a full state party to the ICC?
The U.S. must demonstrate a willingness to join the global community in these important bodies.
12. With very strong pressures to severely cut almost all budgets except defense, foreign assistance is often one of the first things targeted for reductions. Do you support protecting international assistance from disproportionate cuts compared to other portions of the U.S. budget as an investment in future security and prosperity?
I believe strongly that aid to the developing world is a fundamental part of our national security and diplomatic strategy. Given the small percentage made up of such assistance in our federal budget, it should remain intact if not increased.
Senate Only (Optional for House Candidates)
Nuclear Weapons: Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty
13. Do you support Senate accession and U.S. ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT)?
As a major nuclear power we must be an example for other nations seeking to develop or expand nuclear capabilities.
The U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea: Pro-US Military, American Business and Global Environment
14. Will you support Senate accession and U.S. ratification of the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)?
We should join the numerous other nations that have done so.
Human Rights for Women Globally: The Treaty for the Rights of Women
15. Will you support Senate accession and U.S. ratification of the U.N. Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), also known as the Treaty for the Rights of Women?
This is a basic human rights issue and the U.S. must be willing to be scrutinized along with other nations in its treatment of women.
General Questions: House and Senate Candidates
16. Have you made public statements, written articles or taken formal positions on any of the issues covered in this questionnaire or on any other foreign policy, national security, or military intelligence issues? If, so please attach or provide reference.
As a columnist for the Albuquerque Tribune and Weekly Alibi, I wrote about immigration, Middle East and other issues occasionally.
17. If offered, would you accept the endorsement of Citizens for Global Solutions for election?
I would be humbled and honored to receive Citizens for Global Solutions' endorsement.
18. If offered, would you accept a contribution from Global Solutions PAC?
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