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By: 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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By: 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.
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By: 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.
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By: 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.
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By: 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.
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By: 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?"
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By: 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."
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By: 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."
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By: 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.
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By: 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.
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