Bird Dog Reports

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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Judy on February 03, 2016
Asked if he would follow Ronald Reagan's example and negotiate nuclear arms reductions, Ted Cruz called Vladimir Putin "a KGB thug" said we could only negotiate with Russia from a position of strength. He again said elimination of nuclear weapons would require magic, but said we might be able to work with Russia to reduce the nuclear threat from Iran (a country that has no nuclear weapons). Read More
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Olivia Zink on February 2, 2016
Ted Cruz likes to emphasize his opposition to the "Washington Cartel." Olivia asked him if that includes the military-industrial-complex, to which Cruz responded by opposing "wasteful projects." Read More
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John Raby on February 02, 2016
John Kasich said, yes, of course he would take nuclear missiles off hair trigger alert. Then he said de-alerting would be hard to accomplish given the huge size of the Pentagon bureaucracy. Read More
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Will Thomas on February 02, 2016
When Will suggested investment in cybersecurity, infrastructure, diplomacy, and even conventional forces would be better than spending a trillion dollars on a new generation of nuclear weapons, Chris Christie made vague references to diplomacy and non-proliferation, then said his nuclear weapons priority is the Ohio-class submarine replacement program. Read More
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David Erikson on February 02, 2016
Jeb discussed the Citizens United ruling. Read More
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Sally on February 02, 2016
When Sally told Chris Christie we could repair our infrastructure with funds from cancelling the F-35 program if it weren't for the power of the military-industrial-congressional complex, the NJ governor said he would evaluate all federal programs. He also said he would fund infrastructure improvements by repatriating funds now held offshore. Read More
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Austin Henshaw on February 01, 2016
Carly Fiorina was asked about corporate cronyism and the one trillion dollar nuclear weapons plan. She said we need to reform bureaucracy and pork in the Department of Defense saying, "there is a lot of fat and pork and corruption and greed in Pentagon contracts," but didn't address specifics on how to do this. Read More
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Hector Salamanca Arroyo on February 1, 2016
At a town hall event at Drake University in Des Moines Iowa, Governor Christie stated he would be happy to look over 34,000 immigrant detention mandate. Read More
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David Erikson on February 01, 2016
Asked about intervention, arms merchants and campaign finance reform, John Kasich said "faulty intelligence" was to blame in Iraq war vote. Democrats were at fault in Libya. And arms merchants don't influence congress. He doesn't like big money in politics. Read More
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Hector Salamanca Arroyo on January 28, 2016
When asked whether or not she would have a cabinet free of people who have made careers out of the revolving door, Carly Fiorina gave a short "No". Read More
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Kelly on January 25, 2016
After identifying herself as an Iraq war veteran, Kelly Dougherty asked Rand Paul about the role of private military contractors that profit from war and use their profits to lobby for more contracts. "Anybody who gets money from government in the form of a contract should be limited in what they can do to lobby to get more of our money," said Paul. "It would say in the contract, 'I agree not to lobby and give contributions to legislators.' I think you could limit special interests by contract, voluntary contract, when they do business with government." Read More
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