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Jim Martin on Homeland Security

Democratic Senate Challenger


Real & direct threat must exist before considering war

Q: Under what circumstances would you vote to authorize the president to take military action?

A: The price of war is steep in both human and economic capital. As such, the decision to go to war cannot be taken lightly. A clearly defined, real and direct threat to our security must exist before considering war. Placing our troops in harm's way should be a last resort employed after diplomatic avenues have been exhausted.

Source: Citizens for Global Solutions: 2008 Senate questionnaire Sep 9, 2008

Establish a UN Emergency Peace Service

Q: Will you cosponsor a resolution in Congress supporting the establishment of a UN Emergency Peace Service if one is introduced?

A: Yes. The establishment of a UN Peacekeeping Service capable of engaging in early intervention in hot spots around the world has the potential to save the US lives and money, as well as to increase our security at home and abroad. I would support resolutions aimed at eradicating genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity taking place throughout the world.

Source: Citizens for Global Solutions: 2008 Senate questionnaire Sep 9, 2008

No new nuclear weapons; no new nuclear explosions

Q: Do you oppose the development of new nuclear weapons by the United States or any other nation?

A: Yes. While the NPT of 1970 seemingly requires disarmament of the United States' nuclear arsenal, the current environment is such that a complete and abrupt disarmament is not practical. Given the number of countries around the world who either have, or are developing a nuclear weapons program, the United States must maintain its nuclear presence to deter potential threats. However, as a world leader, the United States should embark on a course of action with an eye towards reducing, and ultimately eliminating, its nuclear stockpile.

Q: Do you support U.S. ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty?

A: Yes. I support the CTBT and its goal of ending nuclear explosions on Earth.

Source: Citizens for Global Solutions: 2008 Senate questionnaire Sep 9, 2008

End torture practices which oppose Geneva Convention

Q: Will you vote to prohibit interrogation practices that are inconsistent with the Geneva Conventions and deemed to be torture by the international community such as water boarding?

A: Yes. While I recognize the need for law enforcement and military to engage in extraordinary measures to protect us from the threat of terrorism, I believe that those measure should comply with the Geneva Convention. The use of torture is contrary to the values of the United States and its citizens.

Source: Citizens for Global Solutions: 2008 Senate questionnaire Sep 9, 2008

Sustainable military presence in the Middle East

We must have a military presence in the Middle East that is sustainable and that protects our national security interests. And our military strategy must include a robust diplomatic component and have meaningful support from our allies abroad.

We have to do a better job of taking care of our troops when they return home.

Source: Campaign website, www.martinforsenate.com, "Issues" Jul 18, 2008

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Sonny Perdue
GA Senatorial:
Dale Cardwell
Johnny Isakson
Josh Lanier
Rand Knight
Saxby Chambliss
Vernon Jones


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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