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Chris Rothfuss on Homeland Security

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Federal Government has been assaulting our privacy rights

Constitutional Rights: Equality, privacy, and freedom: The Federal Government has been assaulting our privacy rights. I am not willing to accept the heavy handed argument that 'if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to worry about.'
Source: Campaign website, www.rothfussforsenate.com Aug 19, 2008

Better spending on armed forces, not more spending

Q: Do you support more spending on the armed forces?

A: Oppose. We need better spending on our armed forces, not more. I also do not support cutting the amount (with the exception of the cost savings that would be realized if we pulled our troops out o Iraq). What I would like to see is better control and oversight of our defense spending, a reassessment of defense programs focused on meeting the needs of our country for the 21st century, and more focus on our veterans.

Source: Email interview on 2008 Senate race with OnTheIssues.org Aug 10, 2008

The Patriot Act harms civil liberties

Q: Do you support the statement, "The Patriot Act harms civil liberties"?

A: Support. The Federal Government has been assaulting our privacy rights. I am not willing to accept the heavy handed argument that 'if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to worry about.'

Source: Email interview on 2008 Senate race with OnTheIssues.org Aug 10, 2008

Disservice to diminish freedom in name of security

We do our country and the American people a disservice each time we diminish our constitutional freedoms in the name of national security, or just because people in Washington feel it is for our own good. It isn't. Our federal government was formed on the premise of protecting the liberties of our people. All US citizens should be exactly equal in the eyes of the government--discrimination of any kind, regardless of intention or plurality of support, is unacceptable.
Source: Campaign website, www.rothfussforsenate.com, "Issues" Jun 3, 2008

Obtain actionable intelligence without resorting to torture

I certainly don't believe we should be soft on global terrorism. It's just that the answer isn't in Iraq. Osama Bin Laden is not waiting in Mosul. We need to take a proactive approach and bring the battle to the terrorists; root them out wherever they hide; strike quickly, quietly and effectively from a distance--as only we can do; and systematically dismantle their entire operation. We must develop newer and smarter approaches for dealing with asymmetric warfare so that we can effectively address terrorist threats. We must extend the capacity of our intelligence community, redouble our human intelligence efforts that specifically target terrorism and extremism, and strengthen our national technical means, so that we can obtain actionable intelligence without resorting to torture and the shameful need to justify it. Military actions will be necessary in the coming years, but they can only address the symptoms, not the underlying cause. Diplomacy is the only solution.
Source: Statement of Candidacy for United States Senate Mar 22, 2008

Federal Government has been assaulting our privacy rights

We are losing our privacy each and every day. The Federal Government has been assaulting our privacy rights in an effort to protect us from terrorism and other threats. I certainly appreciate the intentions, but find the means unacceptable. I am not willing to support the heavy handed argument that 'if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to worry about.' The 4th Amendment guarantees us a lot better than that, and we must fight to get it back.
Source: Statement of Candidacy for United States Senate Mar 22, 2008

Other candidates on Homeland Security: Chris Rothfuss on other issues:
WY Gubernatorial:
Dave Freudenthal
WY Senatorial:
John Barrasso
Michael Enzi
Nick Carter


2008 Senate retirements:

Wayne Allard(R,CO)
Larry Craig(R,ID)
Pete Domenici(R,NM)
Chuck Hagel(R,NE)
Trent Lott(R,MS)
Craig Thomas(R,WY)
John Warner(R,VA)

Incoming Obama Administration:

Pres.Barack Obama
V.P.Joe Biden
State:Hillary Clinton
HHS:Tom Daschle
Staff:Rahm Emanuel
DHS:Janet Napolitano
DOC:Bill Richardson
DoD:Robert Gates
A.G.:Eric Holder
Treas.:Tim Geithner
Winners of 2008 Senate Races:
( * if new to the Senate)
AK:*Begich over Stevens
AL:Sessions
AR:Pryor
CO:*Udall
DE:Biden and Kaufman
GA:Chambliss v.Martin (Dec. 2 runoff)
IA:Harkin
ID:*Risch
IL:Durbin
KS:Roberts
KY:McConnell
LA:Landrieu
MA:Kerry
ME:Collins
MI:Levin
MN:Coleman v.Franken (recounting as of Dec.1)
MS4:Wicker
MS6:Cochran
MT:Baucus
NC:*Hagan over Dole
NE:*Johanns
NH:*Shaheen over Sununu
NJ:Lautenberg
NM:*Udall
OK:Inhofe
OR:*Merkley over Smith
RI:Reed
SC:Graham
SD:Johnson
TN:Alexander
TX:Cornyn
VA:*Warner
WV:Rockefeller
WY4:Barrasso
WY6:Enzi
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