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Eric Zulaski on October 14, 2015
Veteran asks Clinton about Pentagon contractor influence
On the Today Show, Iraq War veteran asked Secretary Clinton about the political influence of the military-industrial complex. Clinton focused her response on her vote to go to war in Iraq and that she believes diplomacy is better than war. Read More
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Arnie Alpert on October 14, 2015
On Dwight Eisenhower's birthday, Rev. Dwight Haynes asked Jeb Bush if he is heeding the former president's warning about the "military industrial complex." Bush expressed concern about wasteful spending, but as the Concord Monitor reported, that didn't go far enough for Dwight Haynes. Read More
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Judy Elliott on October 13, 2015
John Kasich says he probably won't increase waiting period for retired military officers to become lobbyists. He also says he's not influenced by lobbyists. What I wonder is, if public officials are immune from lobbying, why did the defense sector spent $128 million on it in 2014? And why do Pentagon contractors go to such lengths to hire retired generals? Read More
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Arnie Alpert on October 10, 2015
Neither Senator Lindsey Graham nor his friend, Senator John McCain, are aware of a budget provision that requires 34,000 "detention beds" for incarcerated immigrants. Senator McCain also professed no knowledge of for-profit immigrant detention centers in his home state, Arizona. Read More
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Hector Salamanca Arroyo on October 8, 2015
In Indianola, IA, Christian Ucles asked Governor Jeb Bush a question on the immigrant detention mandate and corporations driving federal policy. Governor Bush stated Congress can not dictate the detention of immigrants and that he did not know enough of the detention mandate. Read More
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Connie on October 07, 2015
Marco Rubio
Asked about the increasing influence of corporations and wealthy donors in the wake of the Citizens United decision, Marco Rubio equated campaign donations with free speech. Read More
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Curtis C. Smith on October 02, 2015
On October 2, John Kasich supported Obama's $1 trillion plan to upgrade US nuclear forces, but also implied some military spending decisions get made on narrow political grounds rather than on security needs. Read More
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Hector Salamanca Arroyo on September 28, 2015
GUI Volunteer Hannah Armentrout asked Senator Ted Cruz a question on the Military Industrial complex, at his Iowa Headquarters opening. Senator Cruz responded by stating there are long term politicians who get into bed with lobbyists that grow government, which impacts the defense industry. Senator Cruz stated "there is a lot of pork and corporate welfare in the defense budget. You see for example members of congress adding items to the defense budget that the military doesn't even want but that a lobbyist is pressing for." Read More
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Erika McCroskey on September 28, 2015
When questioned about the nuclear arms race and his plan to end it even with the huge amount of money weapons contractors are making, Governor O'Malley stated "Well first of all, we should only give the military what they ask for and not what the politicians want to give them." Read More
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Will Thomas on September 25, 2015
Asked about spending on "guns" or "butter," Sen. Rand Paul said he wants to spend less on both. Read More
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Linda Lundberg on September 19, 2015
In Ames, Iowa Senator Graham fielded a question about corporate influence in the governing process. Read More
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Elizabeth Ropp on September 19, 2015
Asked about the immigrant detention quota and the role of for-profit prisons, Sen. Bernie Sanders said he had just introduced legislation to shut down the private prison industry. "We don't want to provide a perverse incentive to see more people in jail," he said. Read More
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Judy Elliott on September 18, 2015
Hillary Clinton responded - briefly - to questions about nuclear weapons modernization and the military industrial complex. She agreed we have to find a way to rid the world of nuclear weapons and said she would start a high-level commission to study how to make weapons procurement decisions more resistant to the political influence of weapons makers. Read More
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Judy Elliott on September 16, 2015
Lincoln Chafee opposes nuclear weapons modernization and says we should go back to negotiations for nuclear reductions. Read More
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John on September 15, 2015
Lincoln Chafee says he would stop the current $1 trillion nuclear modernization program and live up to US obligations to negotiate under the Non Proliferation Treaty. Read More
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Will Thomas on September 15, 2015
Governor Christie appears to support "modernization" of US nuclear weapons, but is skeptical about the trillion dollar price tag. Read More
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Hector Salamanca Arroyo on September 10, 2015
In Muscatine, IA Senator Sanders stated he is currently working on introducing legislation to "...make sure private corporations are not in the business of running and building jails." Read More
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Judy Elliott on September 07, 2015
Lindsay Graham told me he supports plans to spend huge sums of money on nuclear weapons to assure they are reliable. Read More
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Arnie Alpert on September 6, 2015
Scott Walker faced questions on nuclear weapons, the influence of the military industrial complex, and for-profit incarceration of immigrants outside a country store in a rural New Hampshire town. His answers left a bit to be desired. Read More
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Kathleen McQuillen on September 05, 2015
O'Malley calls for more openness and transparency in our Defense budget when asked about the Obama's administration $1 trillion nuclear weapons plan and how to stop governing under the influence of the weapons industry for private profit. Read More
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