Election2020

Joe Biden speaks to diners at the Tasty Cafe during a campaign stop in Eldridge, Iowa, on June 12.
Joe Biden speaks to diners at the Tasty Cafe during a campaign stop in Eldridge, Iowa, on June 12. Scott Olson/Getty Images

Joe Biden

Former vice president

China

“While Trump is pursuing a damaging and erratic trade war, without any real strategy, China is positioning itself to lead the world in renewable energy. While Trump is attacking our friends, China is pressing its advantage all over the world. So you bet I’m worried about China—if we keep following Trump’s path.”

June 11, 2019, at an Iowa campaign event

Human Rights & China

“China’s continuing oppression of its own people, especially the abuse and internment of more than one million Uyghurs, is one of the worst human rights crises in the world today. It can’t be ignored. Human rights must be at the core—not periphery—of our engagement in the world.”

June 4, 2019, on Twitter

Climate Change

“He will not only recommit the United States to the Paris Agreement on climate change – he will go much further than that. He will lead an effort to get every major country to ramp up the ambition of their domestic climate targets.”

Campaign website

“It is an existential threat. There is no doubt about that. And the fact of the matter is that we make up 15 percent of the problem. The rest of the world makes up 80 percent, 85 percent of the problem. If we did everything perfectly, everything, and we must and should in order to get other countries to move, we still have to get the rest of the world to come along.”

Sept. 4, 2019, at the CNN Climate Crisis Town Hall 

Yemen

“Biden believes it is past time to end U.S. support for the war in Yemen and cancel the blank check the Trump administration has given Saudi Arabia for its conduct of that war.”

May 1, 2019, from a campaign spokesperson in the Washington Post

Russia

“Russia’s assault on democracy and subversion of democratic political systems calls for a strong response. The United States and its allies must improve their ability to deter Russian military aggression and work together more closely to strengthen their energy security and prevent Russia’s nonmilitary forms of coercion. They must also reduce the vulnerability of their political systems, media environments, financial sectors, and cyber-infrastructure.”

January/February 2018, from a co-authored piece in Foreign Affairs

“Foreign election interference is not only a serious threat to our democratic institutions, it’s a threat to our national security. Russia and other authoritarian regimes are actively seeking to try to change outcomes of our democratic elections, and we can’t allow that to happen.”

Feb. 22, 2019, on Twitter

North Korea

“This guy [Kim Jong Un] is a thug.”

Feb. 28, 2019, at the Chuck Hagel Forum in Global Leadership at the University of Nebraska at Omaha

“The historic Iran nuclear deal the Obama-Biden administration negotiated blocked Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, and it provides a blueprint for an effective negotiation.”

Aug. 1, 2019, “Candidates Answer CFR’s Questions,” Council on Foreign Relations

 

Iran

“The way to keep Iran from being a nuclear power is to stay in the agreement. That’s what was negotiated.”

May 14, 2019, at a New Hampshire campaign stop

“President Trump just tossed a stick of dynamite into a tinderbox, and he owes the American people an explanation of the strategy and plan to keep safe our troops and embassy personnel, our people and our interests, both here at home and abroad.”

Jan. 2, 2020, in a statement on Twitter

“This is a crisis of Donald Trump’s own making. He claimed pulling out of the Iran deal would deter Iranian aggression and result in a better deal. He has failed on both counts. He is the most erratic and incompetent commander in chief we’ve ever had.”

Jan. 5, 2020, on Twitter

“Trump’s impulsive decision may well do more to strengthen Iran’s position in the region than any of Soleimani’s plots would have ever accomplished.”

Jan. 7, 2020, in a campaign speech in New York

Israel and Palestine

“I firmly believe that the actions that Israel’s government has taken over the past the past several years—the steady and systematic expansion of settlements, the legalization of outposts, land seizures—they’re moving us and, more importantly, they’re moving Israel in the wrong direction.”

April 18, 2016, at a J Street gala

International Institutions

“I strongly support NATO. I believe it is the single most significant military alliance in the history of the world. And I think it’s been the basis upon which we’ve been able to keep peace and stability for the past 70 years. And it is the heart of our collective security. It is the basis upon which the United States is able to exercise its responsibilities in other parts of the world as well.”

Feb. 16, 2019, at the Munich Security Conference

“I think, first of all, we’ve got to stop treating NATO like a protection racket, which is the way we’re doing it now.”

Feb. 16, 2019, at the Munich Security Conference

“We know NATO will fall apart if [Trump] is elected four more years, it is the single most consequential alliance in the history of the United States.”

June 27, 2019, at the first Democratic debate

 

“If [Trump] is re-elected, I promise you, there will be no NATO.”

Oct. 15, 2019, at the fourth Democratic debate 

Trade

“Fair trade is important. Not free trade. Fair trade. And I think that back in the time during the Clinton administration, it made sense at the moment.”

May 13, 2019, in an Associated Press interview

“I’m a fair trader. That’s why I’ve been arguing for a long time that we should treat other countries the way in which they treat us, which is, particularly as it relates to China: If they want to trade here, they’re going to be under the same rules.”

April 30, 2019, at an Iowa campaign stop

Immigration

“Deporting Dreamers just a few days before their high school graduation, separating children from their parents on the border. That isn’t who we are. We’re better than that.”

May 7, 2019, at a Nevada campaign rally

Trade & China

“I would not rejoin the [Trans-Pacific Partnership] as it was initially put forward. I would insist that we renegotiate pieces of that with the Pacific nations that we had in South America and North America, so that we could bring them together to hold China accountable”

July 31, 2019, at the second Democratic debate

“If we don’t set the rules, we, in fact, are going to find ourselves with China setting the rules. And that’s why you need to organize the world to take on China, to stop the corrupt practices that are underway.”

Sept. 12, 2019, at the third Democratic debate

Afghanistan

“The whole purpose of going to Afghanistan was to not have a counterinsurgency, meaning that we’re going to put that country together. It cannot be put together. Let me say it again. It will not be put together.”

Sept. 12, 2019, at the third Democratic debate

Yemen & Saudi Arabia

“I would end U.S. support for the disastrous Saudi-led war in Yemen and order a reassessment of our relationship with Saudi Arabia.”

In an undated interview with the Washington Post

Saudi Arabia

“America’s priorities in the Middle East should be set in Washington, not Riyadh.”

Aug. 1, 2019, “Candidates Answer CFR’s Questions,” Council on Foreign Relations

“I would make it very clear we were not going to, in fact, sell more weapons to them, we were going to, in fact, make them pay the price and make them, in fact, the pariah that they are. There’s very little social redeeming value of the—in the present government in Saudi Arabia.”

Nov. 20, 2019, November Democratic Debate 

Syria

On abandoning Kurdish troops in Syria: “It has been the most shameful thing that any president
has done in modern history … in terms of foreign policy.”
Oct. 15, 2019, at the fourth Democratic debate
U.S. Army soldiers from NATO are seen through a cracked window in the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan on July 7, 2018.
U.S. Army soldiers from NATO are seen through a cracked window in the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan on July 7, 2018. WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP/Getty Images

The Candidates on Afghanistan

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Joe Biden

Former vice president

“The whole purpose of going to Afghanistan was to not have a counterinsurgency, meaning that we’re going to put that country together. It cannot be put together. Let me say it again. It will not be put together.”

Sept. 12, 2019, at the third Democratic debate

A propaganda poster of Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on March 12, 2018.
A propaganda poster of Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on March 12, 2018. NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images

The Candidates on China

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Joe Biden

Former vice president

“While Trump is pursuing a damaging and erratic trade war, without any real strategy, China is positioning itself to lead the world in renewable energy. While Trump is attacking our friends, China is pressing its advantage all over the world. So you bet I’m worried about China—if we keep following Trump’s path.”

June 11, 2019, at an Iowa campaign event

“China’s continuing oppression of its own people, especially the abuse and internment of more than one million Uyghurs, is one of the worst human rights crises in the world today. It can’t be ignored. Human rights must be at the core—not periphery—of our engagement in the world.”

June 4, 2019, on Twitter

“I would not rejoin the [Trans-Pacific Partnership] as it was initially put forward. I would insist that we renegotiate pieces of that with the Pacific nations that we had in South America and North America, so that we could bring them together to hold China accountable”

July 31, 2019, at the second Democratic debate

“If we don’t set the rules, we, in fact, are going to find ourselves with China setting the rules. And that’s why you need to organize the world to take on China, to stop the corrupt practices that are underway.”

Sept. 12, 2019, at the third Democratic debate

A polar bear wanders the outskirts of Norilsk, Russia, hundreds of miles from its natural habitat, on June 17.
A polar bear wanders the outskirts of Norilsk, Russia, hundreds of miles from its natural habitat, on June 17. IRINA YARINSKAYA/AFP/Getty Images

The Candidates on Climate Change

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Joe Biden

Former vice president

“He will not only recommit the United States to the Paris Agreement on climate change – he will go much further than that. He will lead an effort to get every major country to ramp up the ambition of their domestic climate targets.”

Campaign website

“It is an existential threat. There is no doubt about that. And the fact of the matter is that we make up 15 percent of the problem. The rest of the world makes up 80 percent, 85 percent of the problem. If we did everything perfectly, everything, and we must and should in order to get other countries to move, we still have to get the rest of the world to come along.”

Sept. 4, 2019, at the CNN Climate Crisis Town Hall 

Sailors watch an F/A-18E Super Hornet land on the U.S. Navy's aircraft carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower in the Mediterranean Sea on July 6, 2016.
Sailors watch an F/A-18E Super Hornet land on the U.S. Navy's aircraft carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower in the Mediterranean Sea on July 6, 2016. ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images

The Candidates on Defense

Lightning flashes over the Odervorland wind energy park near Sieversdorf, eastern Germany, on Aug. 1, 2017.
Lightning flashes over the Odervorland wind energy park near Sieversdorf, eastern Germany, on Aug. 1, 2017. PATRICK PLEUL/AFP/Getty Images

The Candidates on Energy

A woman wearing a mask reading "Reeks of sexism" in Macedonian raises her fist during a march for women's rights in Skopje, North Macedonia, on March 8.
A woman wearing a mask reading "Reeks of sexism" in Macedonian raises her fist during a march for women's rights in Skopje, North Macedonia, on March 8. ROBERT ATANASOVSKI/AFP/Getty Images

The Candidates on Human Rights

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Joe Biden

Former vice president

“China’s continuing oppression of its own people, especially the abuse and internment of more than one million Uyghurs, is one of the worst human rights crises in the world today. It can’t be ignored. Human rights must be at the core—not periphery—of our engagement in the world.”

June 4, 2019, on Twitter

A man places a U.S. flag on the border wall between El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, on June 6.
A man places a U.S. flag on the border wall between El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, on June 6. HERIKA MARTINEZ/AFP/Getty Images

The Candidates on Immigration

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Joe Biden

Former vice president

“Deporting Dreamers just a few days before their high school graduation, separating children from their parents on the border. That isn’t who we are. We’re better than that.”

May 7, 2019, at a Nevada campaign rally

U.S. President Donald Trump waits to address the United Nations General Assembly in New York City on Sept. 19, 2017.
U.S. President Donald Trump waits to address the United Nations General Assembly in New York City on Sept. 19, 2017. TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images

The Candidates on International Institutions

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Joe Biden

Former vice president

“I strongly support NATO. I believe it is the single most significant military alliance in the history of the world. And I think it’s been the basis upon which we’ve been able to keep peace and stability for the past 70 years. And it is the heart of our collective security. It is the basis upon which the United States is able to exercise its responsibilities in other parts of the world as well.”

Feb. 16, 2019, at the Munich Security Conference

“I think, first of all, we’ve got to stop treating NATO like a protection racket, which is the way we’re doing it now.”

Feb. 16, 2019, at the Munich Security Conference

“We know NATO will fall apart if [Trump] is elected four more years, it is the single most consequential alliance in the history of the United States.”

June 27, 2019, at the first Democratic debate

 

“If [Trump] is re-elected, I promise you, there will be no NATO.”

Oct. 15, 2019, at the fourth Democratic debate 
Mourners attend a funeral ceremony for Qassem Suleimani in Tehran, Iran, on Jan. 6.
Mourners attend a funeral ceremony for Qassem Suleimani in Tehran, Iran, on Jan. 6. Majid Saeedi/Getty Images

The Candidates on Iran

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Joe Biden

Former vice president

“The way to keep Iran from being a nuclear power is to stay in the agreement. That’s what was negotiated.”

May 14, 2019, at a New Hampshire campaign stop

“President Trump just tossed a stick of dynamite into a tinderbox, and he owes the American people an explanation of the strategy and plan to keep safe our troops and embassy personnel, our people and our interests, both here at home and abroad.”

Jan. 2, 2020, in a statement on Twitter

“This is a crisis of Donald Trump’s own making. He claimed pulling out of the Iran deal would deter Iranian aggression and result in a better deal. He has failed on both counts. He is the most erratic and incompetent commander in chief we’ve ever had.”

Jan. 5, 2020, on Twitter

“Trump’s impulsive decision may well do more to strengthen Iran’s position in the region than any of Soleimani’s plots would have ever accomplished.”

Jan. 7, 2020, in a campaign speech in New York

A U.S. soldier guards the Qayyarah military base in northern Iraq on Oct. 20, 2016.
A U.S. soldier guards the Qayyarah military base in northern Iraq on Oct. 20, 2016. YASIN AKGUL/AFP/Getty Images

The Candidates on Iraq

Israeli soldiers staff a watchtower along the border with the Gaza Strip on May 15, 2018.
Israeli soldiers staff a watchtower along the border with the Gaza Strip on May 15, 2018. JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images

The Candidates on Israel and Palestine

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Joe Biden

Former vice president

“I firmly believe that the actions that Israel’s government has taken over the past the past several years—the steady and systematic expansion of settlements, the legalization of outposts, land seizures—they’re moving us and, more importantly, they’re moving Israel in the wrong direction.”

April 18, 2016, at a J Street gala

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends a welcome ceremony in Hanoi on March 1.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends a welcome ceremony in Hanoi on March 1. MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images

The Candidates on North Korea

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Joe Biden

Former vice president

“This guy [Kim Jong Un] is a thug.”

Feb. 28, 2019, at the Chuck Hagel Forum in Global Leadership at the University of Nebraska at Omaha

“The historic Iran nuclear deal the Obama-Biden administration negotiated blocked Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, and it provides a blueprint for an effective negotiation.”

Aug. 1, 2019, “Candidates Answer CFR’s Questions,” Council on Foreign Relations

 

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks on the phone in his office in St. Petersburg on Dec. 15, 2018.
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks on the phone in his office in St. Petersburg on Dec. 15, 2018. ALEXEY NIKOLSKY/AFP/Getty Images

The Candidates on Russia

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Joe Biden

Former vice president

“Russia’s assault on democracy and subversion of democratic political systems calls for a strong response. The United States and its allies must improve their ability to deter Russian military aggression and work together more closely to strengthen their energy security and prevent Russia’s nonmilitary forms of coercion. They must also reduce the vulnerability of their political systems, media environments, financial sectors, and cyber-infrastructure.”

January/February 2018, from a co-authored piece in Foreign Affairs

“Foreign election interference is not only a serious threat to our democratic institutions, it’s a threat to our national security. Russia and other authoritarian regimes are actively seeking to try to change outcomes of our democratic elections, and we can’t allow that to happen.”

Feb. 22, 2019, on Twitter

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrives at the Future Investment Initiative conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Oct. 24, 2018.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrives at the Future Investment Initiative conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Oct. 24, 2018. GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images

The Candidates on Saudi Arabia

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Joe Biden

Former vice president

“I would end U.S. support for the disastrous Saudi-led war in Yemen and order a reassessment of our relationship with Saudi Arabia.”

In an undated interview with the Washington Post

“America’s priorities in the Middle East should be set in Washington, not Riyadh.”

Aug. 1, 2019, “Candidates Answer CFR’s Questions,” Council on Foreign Relations

“I would make it very clear we were not going to, in fact, sell more weapons to them, we were going to, in fact, make them pay the price and make them, in fact, the pariah that they are. There’s very little social redeeming value of the—in the present government in Saudi Arabia.”

Nov. 20, 2019, November Democratic Debate 

Members of the White Helmets search the rubble of a collapsed building in Jisr al-Shughur, Syria, on April 24.
Members of the White Helmets search the rubble of a collapsed building in Jisr al-Shughur, Syria, on April 24. OMAR HAJ KADOUR/AFP/Getty Images

The Candidates on Syria

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Joe Biden

Former vice president

On abandoning Kurdish troops in Syria: “It has been the most shameful thing that any president
has done in modern history … in terms of foreign policy.”
Oct. 15, 2019, at the fourth Democratic debate
Security personnel inspect a church in Negombo, Sri Lanka, on April 22, a day after it and other locations were targeted in a series of bomb blasts.
Security personnel inspect a church in Negombo, Sri Lanka, on April 22, a day after it and other locations were targeted in a series of bomb blasts. JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images

The Candidates on Terrorism

Containers line a port in Qingdao in China's eastern Shandong province on May 14.
Containers line a port in Qingdao in China's eastern Shandong province on May 14. STR/AFP/Getty Images

The Candidates on Trade

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Joe Biden

Former vice president

“Fair trade is important. Not free trade. Fair trade. And I think that back in the time during the Clinton administration, it made sense at the moment.”

May 13, 2019, in an Associated Press interview

“I’m a fair trader. That’s why I’ve been arguing for a long time that we should treat other countries the way in which they treat us, which is, particularly as it relates to China: If they want to trade here, they’re going to be under the same rules.”

April 30, 2019, at an Iowa campaign stop

“I would not rejoin the [Trans-Pacific Partnership] as it was initially put forward. I would insist that we renegotiate pieces of that with the Pacific nations that we had in South America and North America, so that we could bring them together to hold China accountable”

July 31, 2019, at the second Democratic debate

“If we don’t set the rules, we, in fact, are going to find ourselves with China setting the rules. And that’s why you need to organize the world to take on China, to stop the corrupt practices that are underway.”

Sept. 12, 2019, at the third Democratic debate

A Yemeni child looks out at buildings damaged in an airstrike in the southern Yemeni city of Taez on March 18, 2018.
A Yemeni child looks out at buildings damaged in an airstrike in the southern Yemeni city of Taez on March 18, 2018. AHMAD AL-BASHA/AFP/Getty Images

The Candidates on Yemen

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Joe Biden

Former vice president

“Biden believes it is past time to end U.S. support for the war in Yemen and cancel the blank check the Trump administration has given Saudi Arabia for its conduct of that war.”

May 1, 2019, from a campaign spokesperson in the Washington Post

“I would end U.S. support for the disastrous Saudi-led war in Yemen and order a reassessment of our relationship with Saudi Arabia.”

In an undated interview with the Washington Post