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Al Sharpton on Defense
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  • Military increases have nothing to do with terrorism. (Jan 2002)
Bob Graham on Defense
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  • Voted YES on adopting the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on allowing another round of military base closures. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on cutting nuclear weapons below START levels. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on deploying National Missile Defense ASAP. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted NO on military pay raise of 4.8%. (Feb 1999)
  • Voted NO on deploying missile defense as soon as possible. (Sep 1998)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting same-sex basic training. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted YES on favoring 36 vetoed military projects. (Oct 1997)
  • Voted YES on banning chemical weapons. (Apr 1997)
  • Voted NO on considering deploying NMD, and amending ABM Treaty. (Jun 1996)
  • Voted NO on 1996 Defense Appropriations. (Sep 1995)
Carol Moseley-Braun on Defense
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  • Voted NO on deploying missile defense as soon as possible. (Sep 1998)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting same-sex basic training. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted YES on favoring 36 vetoed military projects. (Oct 1997)
  • Voted YES on banning chemical weapons. (Apr 1997)
  • Voted NO on considering deploying NMD, and amending ABM Treaty. (Jun 1996)
  • Voted NO on 1996 Defense Appropriations. (Sep 1995)
Dennis Kucinich on Defense
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  • End the ban on gays in military. (Aug 1)
  • Terminating ABM treaty was unconstitutional. (Aug 1)
  • Violence and war are not inevitable. (Aug 1)
  • Confront the bloat and waste in Pentagon budget. (Aug 1)
  • Hometown Security: social spending instead of military. (Aug 1)
  • Abide by Non-Proliferation, ABM, and Test Ban Treaties. (Aug 1)
  • Bush's foreign policy of preemption is destabilizing. (May 3)
  • Voted NO on $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted NO on deploying SDI. (Mar 1999)
  • Take US nuclear missiles off high alert. (Aug 2001)
  • End the use of anti-personnel mines. (Mar 2001)
Dick Gephardt on Defense
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  • Voted YES on $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted NO on deploying SDI. (Mar 1999)
George W. Bush on Defense
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  • Largest increase in defense $ in two decades: never too high. (Jan 2002)
  • Listens to Europeans on SDI, but “intent on the right thing”. (Jun 2001)
  • Focus on mobility and swiftness, not size of military. (Feb 2001)
  • Comprehensive review of military: then new spending. (Feb 2001)
  • Bush’s stated military service record is incorrect. (Oct 2000)
  • AWOL in Air Guard? Maybe not, but didn’t meet obligations. (Oct 2000)
  • Military mission has become fuzzy. (Oct 2000)
  • Opposed Somalia intervention when it became nation-building. (Oct 2000)
  • Be world’s peacemaker instead of world’s policeman. (Oct 2000)
  • Rebuild military so it can fulfill mission to prevent war. (Oct 2000)
  • Redefine how war is fought and won. (Sep 2000)
  • Bush says military not ready; Pentagon disagrees. (Aug 2000)
  • Post-Vietnam: just cause; clear goal; overwhelming victory. (Aug 2000)
  • Lowest possible number of nukes consistent with security. (May 2000)
  • Post-Cold War: remove weapons & high-alert; build SDI. (May 2000)
  • Deter terrorists by counterstrikes & counterintelligence. (Apr 2000)
  • Use arms to defend Europe, Far East, Mideast, & Panama. (Feb 2000)
  • Top-down review to decide which programs to cancel. (Jan 2000)
  • US military is key to preserving world peace. (Apr 1998)

    Homeland Security

  • Concedes no evidence of Saddam ties to 9-11. (Sep 18)
  • Created "Ready campaign" and Ready.Gov. (Aug 30)
  • Initiated reorganization of homeland defense. (Aug 30)
  • Increased security of critical infrastructure. (Aug 30)

    Military Personnel

  • Increased military pay by 4% per year. (Aug 30)
  • $400M for renovating and improving military housing. (Aug 30)
  • Spend money on soldiers before sending them to hot spots. (Oct 2000)
  • Gays in military OK; “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” OK. (Sep 2000)
  • Better equipment, better training, and better pay. (Aug 2000)
  • $1B more for salary; $20B more for R&D for new weapons. (May 2000)

    Missile Defense

  • Missile defense for security, not for military advantage. (Aug 30)
  • Withdrew from ABM Treaty; now $9B for missile defense. (Aug 30)
  • The defenses we build must protect us all: include allies. (Feb 2001)
  • SDI: think beyond Cold War, but convince Europe & Russia. (Aug 2000)
  • Russia: jointly reduce missiles; but no joint SDI. (May 2000)
  • SDI needed for defense against rogue states & terrorists. (May 2000)
Howard Dean on Defense
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  • Focus war budget on protecting vital infrastructure. (Jun 17)
  • Anti-war, but has national security experience as governor. (May 3)
John Edwards on Defense
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  • Voted YES on adopting the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on allowing another round of military base closures. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on cutting nuclear weapons below START levels. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on deploying National Missile Defense ASAP. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted YES on military pay raise of 4.8%. (Feb 1999)
John Kerry on Defense
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  • No new generation of nuclear weapons. (Sep 4)
  • Automatic citizenship to immigrants who serves in army. (Sep 4)
  • Voted YES on adopting the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on allowing another round of military base closures. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on cutting nuclear weapons below START levels. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on deploying National Missile Defense ASAP. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted YES on military pay raise of 4.8%. (Feb 1999)
  • Voted NO on deploying missile defense as soon as possible. (Sep 1998)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting same-sex basic training. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted NO on favoring 36 vetoed military projects. (Oct 1997)
  • Voted YES on banning chemical weapons. (Apr 1997)
  • Voted NO on considering deploying NMD, and amending ABM Treaty. (Jun 1996)
  • Voted NO on 1996 Defense Appropriations. (Sep 1995)
Joseph Lieberman on Defense
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  • 9/11 requires strength abroad to provide security at home. (May 3)
  • American military is best in the world; and has proven it. (Oct 2000)
  • Skipping generation of equipment will destroy readiness. (Oct 2000)
  • Don’t alarm America - the military is ready. (Oct 2000)
  • Work with Iraqi opposition to overthrow Saddam. (Oct 2000)
  • More $ for weapons; including SDI recently. (Aug 2000)
  • Supported use of force in Gulf War. (Aug 2000)
  • Kuwait: Congressional authorization plus use of force. (May 2000)
  • Transform military for post-Cold War. (May 2000)
  • SDI is no longer science fiction. (Nov 1999)
  • More R&D & better development for future army. (Nov 1999)
  • Supported Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. (Oct 1999)
  • Deploy limited SDI to defend against rogue states. (Mar 1999)
  • Nuclear retaliation won’t stop rogue missile attacks. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted against military pay increase. (Feb 1999)
  • Voted YES on adopting the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on allowing another round of military base closures. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on cutting nuclear weapons below START levels. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on deploying National Missile Defense ASAP. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted NO on military pay raise of 4.8%. (Feb 1999)
  • Voted YES on deploying missile defense as soon as possible. (Sep 1998)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting same-sex basic training. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted NO on favoring 36 vetoed military projects. (Oct 1997)
  • Voted YES on banning chemical weapons. (Apr 1997)
  • Voted NO on considering deploying NMD, and amending ABM Treaty. (Jun 1996)
  • Voted YES on 1996 Defense Appropriations. (Sep 1995)
Ralph Nader on Defense
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  • Weapons corporations indirectly control tax dollars. (Jan 17)
  • Corporate welfare: taxpayers fund defense industry mergers. (Oct 2000)
  • Deter wars by being attuned abroad. (Oct 2000)
  • Kill F-22, Seawolf, Osprey, & other gold-plated weapons. (Oct 2000)
  • Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is discriminatory against gays. (Sep 2000)
  • SDI doesn’t work; money better spent elsewhere. (Jul 2000)
  • Stop using weapons sales to determine foreign policy. (Jun 2000)
  • Stop spending on unneeded weapons & non-existent enemies. (Jun 2000)
  • Cut defense budget by $100B; time to demobilize. (May 2000)
  • Stop unneeded defense of prosperous countries. (May 2000)
  • Defense frameworks: how to wage peace while building weapons. (Feb 2000)
  • Popular participation instead of corporate involvement. (Feb 2000)
  • Supports Test Ban Treaty & arms control. (Feb 2000)
  • Arms race is driven by corporate demand. (Feb 2000)
  • F-22 aircraft is unneeded; and dangerous to fly. (Feb 2000)
Wesley Clark on Defense
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  • Consider cutting defense spending. (Sep 19)
  • Talk about gays in military, but don't open the door. (Aug 1)
  • Be reluctant to use military force. (Jun 17)
  • Welcome gays into the military because they're already there. (Jun 15)
  • Address European and Russian concerns about missile defense. (Feb 2001)
  • Highest priority is quality of life for defense family. (Mar 1998)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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