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Kevin Rutledge on December 31, 2015
Chris Christie War Profiteering in Waukee, IA
Gov. Chris Christie calls for appropriate oversight from the Pentagon when asked how he would assure defense contracting does not become war profiteering. Christie added he doesn't mind people making a profit, but only if it's appropriate profit, and "certainly not profit either on war or on the taxpayers." Read More
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David Blair on December 29, 2015
After more than a dozen times getting asked about the immigrant detention mandate, John Kasich finally said incarceration rates should not be governed by a quota system. Read More
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Olivia Zink on December 23, 2015
Marco Rubio says he gets asked "at every stop" about the role of private companies profiting from a federal policy requiring detention of 34,000 immigrants every day. But he insists corporations are not writing those laws, and that large-scale detention is necessary. Read More
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Mark Barker on December 21, 2015
Dwight and Mark were able to ask Kasich questions on who profits from war and prisions. Kasich called for a military build-up. We still don't know what he thinks about the immigrant detention quota. Read More
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Olivia Zink on December 21, 2015
I attended the Jeb! town hall in Alton NH and asked him about the immigrant detention quota. Jeb said he doesn't like "a quota of people behind bars" and added, "I think that policy should change." Read More
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John on December 21, 2015
I asked Christie about the present corporate control of our nuclear weapons labs and whether profit should govern our nuclear weapons and overall defense policy. He said no, but added that corporations are entitled to a reasonable profit provided they make reliable weapons for national defense Read More
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Judy on December 21, 2015
When Jeb Bush emphasized the need for lobbying reform in his stump speech, Judy asked if a 6-year ban on lobbying would also apply to ex-military officials. "That’s a good question," he said, and added that the military procurement system is "lobbied up beyond belief." In response to another question, Bush advocated maintaining the nuclear weapons "triad" and building a new generation of nuclear submarines. Read More
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Judy on December 20, 2015
In response to a question about reducing the risk of nuclear war that comes from having missiles on hair trigger alert, Martin O'Malley said he would look into de-alerting proposals. He still seems to believe that nuclear "modernization" is a cost-saving measure. Read More
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Kathleen McQuillen on December 18, 2015
Sen. Marco Rubio was asked about supporting one trillion dollar investment on new nuclear weapons. He said "We have to have them. No country in the world faces the threats America faces...the bottom line is that deterrence is a friend of peace." Read More
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Hector Salamanca Arroyo on December 18, 2015
Governor Kasich was asked about the immigrant detention mandate in Ankeny, Iowa. He responded the immigrant detention mandate made no sense to him, but still needed more information before making his decision to call an end to it. Read More
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Miranda Myers on December 16, 2015
Governor Chris Christie held a town hall in Weare, NH on Saturday December 12th, I attended and was able to ask him a question about the immigrant detention quota. Read More
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Kevin Rutledge on December 16, 2015
Senator Marco Rubio ignored two questions about ending the immigrant detention quota and his connections with the private prison GEO Group, which lobbied for the detention quota and profits from detaining immigrants. Rubio did not take questions from the audience and did not attempt to answer these questions while shaking hands. Read More
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Curtis Smith on December 11, 2015
At a campaign event today I asked Rand Paul about de-alerting nuclear weapons. He responded sympathetically, saying that we must be open to negotiating with people we may not like. Read More
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Bill on December 11, 2015
At a Town Hall with Jeb Bush in Milford, NH. Jeb Bush was asked if he would stop military contractors from using taxpayer money to lobby for more contracts. Bush said there is a lot of corruption in the way the military contracting is done and that reform of the military procurement and lobbying systems are needed. Read More
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Arnie Alpert on December 9, 2015
The Concord Monitor editors discussed nuclear dangers with Hillary Clinton, but her views on the $1 Trillion nuclear build-up are still unclear. Read More
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Judy Elliott on December 04, 2015
Hillary Clinton says she will look into proposals to take nuclear missiles off hair trigger alert. Read More
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Katherine McFarlane on December 03, 2015
Governor Bush took our question on immigrant detention while at Dmacc Newtown Campus and responded by stating he was unsure if it was true but if it was, we shouldn't have it. He has continued to state opposition to the immigrant detention mandate. Read More
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Kevin Rutledge on December 1, 2015
I questioned Gov. Jeb Bush about corporate lobbyists contributing to wasteful spending in the military, including the $1.5 trillion F-35 fighter jets and $1 trillion nuclear weapons plan. Bush called defense contractors aggregators and says “we need procurement reform, plain and simple.” Read More
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Arnie Alpert on November 30, 2015
Governor O'Malley said money should be shifted from nuclear weapons to improved cybersecurity measures. Read More
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Arnie Alpert on November 30, 2015
Marco Rubio again asserted that the immigrant detention mandate is justified by the need to enforce immigration laws, even while he criticized the role of "politically connected industries." Read More
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