Iowa

By: Katherine McFarlane on December 3, 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.
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By: 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.”
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By: Hector Salamanca Arroyo on November 24, 2015
Grinnell College student Yesenia Ayala asked Marco Rubio about the 34,000 immigrant detention mandate, with Senator Rubio stating enforcement of the law needs to occur regardless of who is providing the service to the government.
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By: Kevin Rutledge on November 2, 2015
Col. Lawrence Wilkerson Pentagon contractors driving U.S. foreign policy? Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa

Lawrence Wilkerson, retired U.S. Army colonel and former chief of staff to U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, was on a speaking tour with AFSC's GUI project in Iowa to educate first-in-the-nation caucus goers about the excessive political influence from private weapons manufacturers in the decision making process. These manufacturers earn tremendous profits from multi-billion dollar contracts for seemingly interminable war.

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By: Hector Salamanca Arroyo on November 2, 2015
Governor Jindal was asked about his policies if elected for president would be in the interest of the public good instead of corporate interest. Governor Jindal stated "...I think we need to stop members of Congress from becoming lobbyists...I think too often they do what the special interest want. In regards to military procurement... multiple sources, having competitive bid contracts, multi year procurement...I think its good for taxpayers and it's good for men and women in the military as well because when we don't do that they are also the ones getting cheated. They are not getting the equipment and the training they need and it shouldn't be done based on politics."
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By: Kevin Rutledge on November 2, 2015
Bobby Jindal $1 trillion nuclear weapons question Des Moines, Iowa 10-29-15
I asked Gov. Bobby Jindal about the $1 trillion plan on a new generation of nuclear weapons and how to limit the military-industrial complex from setting our nuclear priorities. Although he supports increasing military spending, “I think right now there is too much influence in Congress, and Congress won’t like giving up that power. Because you’re right, a lot of them get donations, or they’re trying to protect pork barrel project in districts.”
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By: Hannah Armentrout on October 21, 2015
Senator Rand Paul was asked about the Justice is Not For Sale Act which calls an end to the 34,000 immigrant detention mandate and private prisons at Drake University. Senator Rand Paul responded by stating he was unfamiliar with both the legislation and the immigrant detention mandate.
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By: 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.
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By: 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."
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By: 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."
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