Sen. Burr praises Trump, questions US foreign policy in Raleigh talk

Sen. Richard Burr
Sen. Richard Burr speaks Thursday in Raleigh.

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Sen. Richard Burr likes the spunk Donald Trump has brought to the Republican race, detests the United States deal with Iran and expects a tough race for re-election when he looks to hold his seat in 2016.

Burr, a Republican from Winston-Salem, was in Raleigh Thursday for a luncheon and addressed multiple issues, including national security issues as the new chair of Select Committee on Intelligence.

Here is a summary of Burr’s comments on a variety of issues:

On the U.S. deal with Iran:

  • “I think it’s a deal where Iran got everything and we got nothing.  And I say ‘we’ as the rest of the world.”

On the growth of ISIS:

  • “You have to have a strategy that’s a strategy to win.  I think our strategy at best has been a strategy of containment. …
  • “They continue to grow at a time when we really inflict minor damage to their system.”

On immigration:

  • “It’s hard for us to have an immigration policy that’s understandable until we fix the current immigration system that is so confusing, so expensive.”

On the League of Conservation voters TV ads against him for opposing the EPA’s Clean Power Plan:

  • “They’re not supporters of mine and that’s why they’re spending a lot of money to tarnish my record.  The fact is that I’ve led the fight in Washington for the reauthorization of the land and water conservation fund. …
  • “To have economic growth, you have to have predictable power.  I think that means a mix of nuclear, of natural gas generation and of coal generation.
  • “The conservationists don’t like that.”

On reelection in 2016:

  • “North Carolina is the most competitive state for Senate races and has been for the last 30 years.  Before it’s over with, this will be no exception. It will be one of eight states that will decide the next president of the United States.
  • “There are candidates that don’t like to run in presidential years.  I’m not one of them.  I believe the higher the level of participation, the more likely we are to get the best candidate.”

On the GOP candidate for president:

  • “There’s one thing that you can take to the bank and that is whoever the Republican nominee becomes next year, they’re going to be the most tested candidate that ever ran for president.”

On Donald Trump:

  • “I think Donald Trump has brought a level of passion to running for office that I’m delighted to see.  He’s approached a majority of the issues in a more common sense way that a majority of Americans can associate with.”

Burr said there are areas where he disagrees with Trump, but he said there is no candidate where he completely agrees with their stances.


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