Nuclear

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: Curtis on February 8, 2016
Chris Christie said he would be willing to negotiate with Russia on de-alerting nuclear weapons, provided the Russians were negotiating in good faith. He said nuclear proliferation--and he mentioned the Iran deal unfavorably--is a bigger problem.
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By: Judy Elliott on February 8, 2016
Reversing his endorsement of de-alerting February 2, Gov. Kasich told me he doesn't believe U.S. nuclear missiles are on hair-trigger alert. He needs to read up.
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By: Elizabeth Ropp on February 7, 2016
I asked Jeb Bush about nuclear weapons. He did not like it when I held on during a hand shake.
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By: Judy Elliott on February 7, 2016
On February 7 in Bedford, Senator Marco Rubio echoed his earlier statement endorsing the Pentagon’s plans to transfer massive amounts of money into nuclear weapons spending.
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By: Betsy on February 3, 2016
By: Olivia Zink on February 3, 2016
In response to a question about the proposed nuclear weapons build up an Eisenhower's military-industrial-complex warning, Marco Rubio said times are different than in Eisenhower's day, when he thinks the Soviet Union had a strategic nuclear advantage of the USA. Now, he said, we are in danger of falling behind the Russians and Chinese and need to build more weapons, including nuclear weapons. He said there is a need for more competition among weapons suppliers to the Pentagon and other procurement reforms.
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By: Judy on February 3, 2016
Asked if he would follow Ronald Reagan's example and negotiate nuclear arms reductions, Ted Cruz called Vladimir Putin "a KGB thug" said we could only negotiate with Russia from a position of strength. He again said elimination of nuclear weapons would require magic, but said we might be able to work with Russia to reduce the nuclear threat from Iran (a country that has no nuclear weapons).
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By: John Raby on February 2, 2016
John Kasich said, yes, of course he would take nuclear missiles off hair trigger alert. Then he said de-alerting would be hard to accomplish given the huge size of the Pentagon bureaucracy.
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By: Will Thomas on February 2, 2016
When Will suggested investment in cybersecurity, infrastructure, diplomacy, and even conventional forces would be better than spending a trillion dollars on a new generation of nuclear weapons, Chris Christie made vague references to diplomacy and non-proliferation, then said his nuclear weapons priority is the Ohio-class submarine replacement program.
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