Background on the candidate’s statements, positions, and record on diplomacy, global development, and America’s role the world

On U.S. global leadership:

  • A businessman, educator, and U.S. Senator, Michael Bennet has called for an engaged role for America on the world stage, stating he “will reclaim U.S. global leadership on security, fair economic competition, and freedom.”  He has said that “by living out our core values of liberty, democracy, and the rule of law at home, we can inspire them abroad.”

On diplomacy, global development, and national security:

  • Senator Bennet has been a strong advocate for diplomacy and development, saying “Our goal should be to deploy diplomatic tools and invest in stability before a crisis breaks out.”
  • Following a recent overseas trip to West Africa, Central America, and the Middle East, he said “I saw the need for American foreign assistance and the effectiveness of our participation in multilateral institutions. Through good governance… we will be able to deliver more informed assistance in support of our strategic objectives.”
  • On the campaign trail, he has called for government investment in a new $1 trillion Climate Bank to help combat climate change and catalyze private sector dollars to invest in climate technologies and “provide a mechanism for America to reestablish our global leadership”.
  • He is a strong supporter of the International Affairs Budget and voted against all amendments to cut foreign assistance – and was in favor of several reauthorizations of the Export-Import Bank.
  • In a bi-partisan show of support for the International Affairs Budget, Bennet joined with 41 other senators in a 2018 letter led by Senators Durbin and Young calling for robust funding for diplomacy and development.

On global health:

  • Back during the 2014 Ebola crisis, Senator Bennet co-sponsored legislation to speed up the development of Ebola treatments and a vaccine, saying “The Ebola epidemic is not just a West African problem. It is a global issue that requires our focus and attention.”
  • He voted in favor of a 2016 Zika Response amendment.

On alliances:

  • Senator Bennet has declared that as President he will “re-engage our allies and build coalitions of partners to protect against current threats, prepare for security challenges of the future, and advance American interests.”

On global economic engagement:

  • Senator Bennet has also spoken about the value of America’s global economic engagement, warning against growing geopolitical competition and noting China’s expanding influence through its Belt and Road Initiative. He has argued that America’s best response is to “forge strong alliances with people all over the world.”

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