"Americans are conflicted: We want to project strength, but don't actually want to actually do anything about it. At least our nominee shouldn't appear 'weak.' "
"Prefer a raptor who has a strong presence but knows when to choose diplomacy over military action."
"Despite ceding ground with the Hagel nomination, Dems must continue to fight against the notion they are weak on defense/security."
"As the economy recovers, our isolationism will abate. If by hawk you mean a Democrat who will engage in the world and lead, then I think that is what is more beneficial to the party, the country,and the world."
"Voters will want someone who can stand up to Putin or to the next Putin."
On balance, would it prove more beneficial for your party to nominate a foreign policy dove or hawk in 2016?
REPUBLICANS (85 VOTES)
"The foreign-war brand is not a winner."
"American voters have no tolerance for a hawk at this point."
"Folks are over the perma-war."
"Neither — they want somebody who is a realist both as to the world, our resources, and what is possible and what is not possible; but if I have to pick, I pick dove, as our interventions of late have not been that successful."
"While there is no appetite to be the world's policeman in every conflict, a strong defense and leadership in the world is in the Republicans' DNA."
"War-weariness notwithstanding, Republicans have to advocate peace through strength."
"Current events prove that the world is dangerous and Obama does not know how to handle Russia."
"There's a growing concern that the U.S. has lost global clout under Obama. Our nominee needs to be able to make that case."
"Foreign policy probably won't determine the election, but our base has to feel confidence in the command presence of our nominee."
"Anything in the wake of Obama will look hawkish. I suspect even Dem prospects will have dove blood spattered on their foreheads."
"Is President Obama to the right of Rand Paul on foreign policy? He might be."
"There is no one on the planet that has a firm handle of where the U.S. stands on any given foreign policy issue."
"The real question is whether we should nominate an isolationist, and with the terrorism threats around the world the answer is clearly no."
"We'll be the laughingstock of world by then, so a hawk will do."
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