On Monday night’s edition of ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight,’ host Tucker Carlson announced that his show sent a questionnaire to many of the confirmed and potential Republican presidential candidates.
The questionnaire was sent to the following candidates, both confirmed and speculated; Donald Trump, Nikki Haley, businessman Vivek Ramaswamy, (The only confirmed candidates), Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, former Vice President Mike Pence, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, former Governor of Arkansas Asa Hutchinson, former National Security Advisor Jon Bolton, and New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu.
Haley, Pompeo, Hutchinson, Bolton, and Sununu did not respond to the questions from Tucker’s team.
We asked every potential 2024 GOP presidential candidate to answer six key questions on the war in Ukraine. As promised, their full responses are below. pic.twitter.com/tjcM4w54cR
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) March 14, 2023
The questionnaire held six questions: 1.) Is opposing Russia in Ukraine a vital American national strategic interest? 2.) What is our objective in Ukraine, and 3.) how will we know when we have achieved it? 4.) What is the limit of funding and material you would be willing to send to the government of Ukraine? 5.) Have U.S. sanctions been effective? 6.) Does the United States face the risk of Nuclear War with Russia?
The general belief among most candidates is that opposing Russia in Ukraine is not a vital American national security interest. President Trump stated simply, “No, but it is for Europe. But not for the United States. That is why Europe should be paying far more than we are, or equal.” Governor DeSantis echoed similar sentiments, “While the U.S. has many vital national interests … becoming further entangled in a territorial dispute between Ukraine and Russia is not one of them.”
Most other candidates echoed similar statements while former Vice President Pence would sing a different tune, stating, “This is not America’s war, but if Putin is not stopped and the sovereign nation of Ukraine is not restored quickly, he will continue to move toward our NATO allies, and America would then be called upon to send our own.”
The question regarding America’s objective in Ukraine was met with a variety of answers. President Trump stated that “Our objective in Ukraine is to help and secure Europe, but Europe isn’t helping itself. They are relying on the United States to largely do it for them.” Governor DeSantis stated, “Without question, peace should be the objective. The U.S. should not provide assistance that could require the deployment of American troops or enable Ukraine to engage in offensive operations beyond its borders.”
Former VP Pence stated that America’s objective is, “Victory for Ukraine, where Ukraine’s sovereignty and peace are restored as quickly as possible.” Ramaswamy took a very different stance, stating that America’s objective should be, “To respect any prior legal treaty commitments the U.S. has made, so as to preserve our credibility when it comes to commitments in the future.”
Tucker has posted the full responses from each candidate on his Twitter page. Most candidates answer most, if not all of the questions that Tucker poses. Hopefully, as the Republican primaries inch closer and closer, we will see more efforts like this to see where different candidates stand on different issues.