(HELTONVILLE) - Brigadier General Jonathan George, of Heltonville, praised the Obama administration and bipartisan efforts following last week's nuclear security summit in Seoul, South Korea. George, who served in the National Nuclear Security Administration and the National Security Council, is a Democratic candidate for Indiana's Ninth Congressional District.
"Nuclear material is the key component that terrorists and rogue nations need to build nuclear weapons; unfortunately, much of it is poorly protected and scattered around the world," George explained. "In 2009, President Obama initiated and endorsed a bipartisan plan of securing stocks of nuclear material around the world. In 2010, he hosted over 45 world leaders in Washington, D.C. to help secure and eliminate nuclear materials in their countries. Last week the President attended the nuclear security summit in Seoul, South Korea--a forum to measure and discuss efforts to secure loose nuclear materials. Over the past three years, American leadership has helped the countries of Ukraine, Romania, Libya, Turkey, Chile and Serbia to completely remove their stockpiles of weapons-usable uranium. They joined 13 other nations that did so previously: Brazil, Bulgaria, Colombia, Denmark, Greece, Latvia, the Philippines, Portugal, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden and Thailand."
"Last week's summit success was American leadership in action and was supported by hundreds of dedicated Americans at the Departments of State, Energy and at the National Security Council. Their focused commitment makes our nation safer," said George. "U.S. freedoms are largely built on a decades-long cooperation in national security matters between both Democrats and Republicans. The bipartisan approach taken for this summit is a model for addressing other nationally important issues."
"This is what we can do when we put the needs of our country first as we work together for the common good," observed George. "This is the type of leadership I will take to Washington."
George served in senior military leadership positions for five presidents, from Reagan to Obama, during his 30-year Air Force career. He retired last year, declining a promotion in order to have the opportunity to further serve the country and Indiana out of uniform. George lives on his family's farm near Heltonville with his wife and three children.
More information about George is available on his campaign website, www.georgeforcongress.com.
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