Conrad Burns on Drugs
Former Republican Senator (MT, 1989-2007)
TESTER: If we want to get serious about the War on Terror, we need to make the investments to fight the war on terror. We ought not be taking rights away from honest citizens. By the time they figure out thereís a terror cell, they can get a warrant. The Senator wants to let them have Carte Blanche.
BURNS: Clinton set the record for Executive Orders. And they too pushed the envelope as far as the Constitution is concerned. But let me go back on this Patriot Act. It is a tool that is in place now for drug kingpins and organized crime. Why donít you want that extended to terrorists? If you repeal it, as Mr. Tester wants to do, there goes the Meth Control Act, and the ability to monitor international phone calls from known numbers of people who want to kill us.
TESTER: Letís not put this under the War on Drugs--thatís baloney.
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Newly elected in 2008 & seated in 2009:
Newly appointed in 2009;
special election in 2010:
Announced retirement as of 2010:
Up for 6-year term in 2010:
(13 Democrats; 15 Republicans)
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