Arnie Alpert on April 4, 2016

From October 2014 to the Iowa Caucuses and New Hampshire Primary 16 months later, AFSC trained more than 1200 people to talk with the presidential candidatesquestions about the excessive influence of Pentagon contractors, the for-profit prison industry, and a corrupt system that enables powerful corporations to drive American policy toward their own interests.  Together, we asked the candidates more than 400 questions and documented many of them on this website.  These "bird dogging" efforts, combined with the use of our giant banners and other educational activities, helped turn the political discourse toward urgent issues that might have otherwise been ignored.

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Kevin Rutledge on February 10, 2016
Within a few hours before the Iowa Caucus, we talked with three candidates in Des Moines. Martin O’Malley called for openness, transparency and accountability in the Defense Department. Rick Santorum learned more about the immigrant detention quota and for-profit prisons. Jeb Bush wants to modernize the nuclear triad with an aspiration of reducing nuclear armaments. Read More
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Curtis on February 08, 2016
Chris Christie said he would be willing to negotiate with Russia on de-alerting nuclear weapons, provided the Russians were negotiating in good faith. He said nuclear proliferation--and he mentioned the Iran deal unfavorably--is a bigger problem. Read More
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Judy Elliott on February 08, 2016
Reversing his endorsement of de-alerting February 2, Gov. Kasich told me he doesn't believe U.S. nuclear missiles are on hair-trigger alert. He needs to read up. Read More
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Elizabeth Ropp on February 07, 2016
I asked Jeb Bush about nuclear weapons. He did not like it when I held on during a hand shake. Read More
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Judy Elliott on February 07, 2016
On February 7 in Bedford, Senator Marco Rubio echoed his earlier statement endorsing the Pentagon’s plans to transfer massive amounts of money into nuclear weapons spending. Read More
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Hector Salamanca Arroyo on February 6, 2016
When I asked Governor Gilmore about the issue of the defense industry corporations influencing our political process, he stated we should have more disclosure when it comes to lobbying. Read More
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Kevin Rutledge on February 6, 2016
Marco Rubio ignored a question on Pentagon contractors and banning the revolving door because he said I keep asking him this question. Read More
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Elias Tyrrel-Walker on February 04, 2016
I asked Ted Cruz what specific steps he would take to prevent corporate cronyism under his administration. While he applauded my question, he did not provide any particular strategies to reduce corruption. Read More
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Olivia Zink on February 3, 2016
In response to a question about the proposed nuclear weapons build up an Eisenhower's military-industrial-complex warning, Marco Rubio said times are different than in Eisenhower's day, when he thinks the Soviet Union had a strategic nuclear advantage of the USA. Now, he said, we are in danger of falling behind the Russians and Chinese and need to build more weapons, including nuclear weapons. He said there is a need for more competition among weapons suppliers to the Pentagon and other procurement reforms. Read More
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