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.
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.
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.
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.”
The National Defense Authorization Act, passed by Congress and signed by President Obama, opens federal coffers for design and construction of new nuclear weapons and the planes, missiles, and submarines designed to deliver them to targets all over the world. It's a classic case of "governing under the influence" of the military-industrial-complex.
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.
Five years of lobbying and donations to more than 200 key members of Congress paid off big for Northrop Grumman, which last week won a huge Pentagon contract for a new bomber, designed to deliver two types of thermonuclear weapons.