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John and Lily on January 25, 2016
Martin O'Malley wants to reduce the number of nuclear weapons through multilateral negotiations. But at the same time, he supports "modernizing" the nuclear arsenal to "strengthen triad deterrence" and make nuclear weapons less vulnerable to cyber attacks. Read More
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Austin Henshaw on January 25, 2016
"There is an incentive to keep those prisons going. It's one of the fastest growing businesses we have," said Dr. Ben Carson on private prisons lobbying millions of dollars to incarcerate more people on Sunday Jan. 25th in Ames, Iowa. He continued by saying we need to change rules for mandatory incarceration rules and non-violent offenders. Read More
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Austin Henshaw on January 25, 2016
Marco Rubio is open to private prisons if they save taxpayers money, but acknowledged all of them might not be up to standard as state and federal government run-prisons. He said if they weren't fulfilling their purpose, he is open to them potentially being shut down. Read More
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Will Thomas on January 23, 2016
Jeb Bush agrees that the goal of nuclear weapons abolition through multi-lateral negotiations is a worthy aspiration. But in the short term, he favors modernizing the nuclear triad and dealing with the dangers of nuclear proliferation. Read More
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John Raby on January 22, 2016
Secretary Clinton said she would consider proposals to take nuclear missiles off hair trigger alert status. She acknowledged that the possibility of cyber-attacks triggering a false alarm is a serious concern. Read More
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Kevin Rutledge on January 22, 2016
“People go in but they never come out, they never leave,” said Mike Huckabee at a private round table discussion on big money in politics while referring to a lifetime ban on the revolving door between Congress and lobbyists. Read More
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Curtis C. Smith on January 21, 2016
Ted Cruz defended the $1 trillion nuclear overhaul as necessary for U.S. security. Read More
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John on January 20, 2016
Our friends at Global Zero asked Jeb Bush for his views on the proposed trillion dollar nuclear weapons expansion. Bush said he could get behind a "Reaganesque" goal of multi-lateral nuclear weapons elimination. He also said he supports "modernization" if it's done in concert with arms reduction plans. In addition, Bush expressed concerns about proliferation and endorsed the Non Proliferation Treaty bargain that promotes civilian use of nuclear energy. Read More
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Hector Salamanca Arroyo on January 16, 2016
When asked about the Military Industrial Complex by GUI volunteer Marlu Abarca, Christie replies "I'll talk about that". Read More
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Rebecca Aguilar on January 14, 2016
Bernie Sanders opposes the one trillion nuclear weapons plan and addresses wasteful spending in the Department of Defense. “I don’t know what the world looks like at the end of 2,000 nuclear weapons going off. I don’t know that you’ll need another 3,000. You know what we could do for education with 30 billion dollars a year?" Read More
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Kevin Rutledge on January 13, 2016
Following Martin O'Malley's answers at the "Putting Families First" Presidential Forum in Des Moines, I asked him the one trillion dollar question on new nuclear weapons. He told me, “I’d like to see us reduce our nuclear arsenal... spend less money on the nuclear deterrence." Read More
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Will and Scott on January 12, 2016
Ted Cruz responded to a question about the trillion dollar nuclear arms buildup by endorsing an upgrade to all three "legs" of the nuclear triad. He also called for developing a missile defense system. But he thinks abolition of nuclear weapons can only be achieved in a fantasy world. Read More
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John Raby on January 08, 2016
Carly Fiorina is unfamiliar with proposals to take nuclear missiles off hair trigger alert. She said she would be willing to learn more. Read More
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Marlu Abarca on January 08, 2016
GUI Volunteer Marlu Abarca celebrated Rand Paul's Birthday with him and delivered the AFSC white paper The Role of For-Profit Prison Corporations In Shaping U.S. Immigrant Detention & Deportation Policies. Read More
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John Raby on January 08, 2016
Senator Marco Rubio wants nuclear missiles kept on hair trigger alert despite the risk of accidents and misjudgments, and a history of technical flaws in the warning systems. However, he said he will study recommendations for de-alerting. Read More
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Hector Salamanca Arroyo on January 7, 2016
When asked whether his cabinet would be free of people who made careers out of the revolving door between government service and service to corporate interests, Governor Mike Huckabee stated "To every degree I could." Read More
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Kevin Rutledge on January 7, 2016
The Defense Logistics Agency wasted $7 billion on things they didn't need. Senator Marco Rubio said, "We need accountability in every form of government. Whoever mismanaged that money will be fired." Read More
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Kevin Rutledge on January 6, 2016
When asked if Hillary Clinton opposes the $1 trillion nuclear weapons plan on a new generation of nuclear weapons systems that will enrich military contractors and set off a new global arms race, she said "Yeah I’ve heard about that. I’m going to look into that.That doesn’t make sense to me." Read More
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Kevin Rutledge on January 6, 2016
Gov. Kasich was asked about President Eisenhower's warning of the military-industrial complex and it's excessive influence in politics. After mentioning his work in Congress to reduce B-2 bombers during Cold War and rebuilding military, "But we don’t need to rebuild it by doing things that just put money in somebody’s pocket and I’ve never done that in my lifetime." Read More
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Judy Elliott on January 04, 2016
In response to a question about the trillion dollar plan for a new generation of nuclear weapons systems, Senator Rand Paul expressed support for multi-lateral negotiations leading to arms reductions. Although he supports some degree of "modernization," he said we already have "more than we need to blow up the world many times over." Read More
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