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Mark McBride on Homeland Security

Independent Senate challenger


Reduce size of VA and operate it more efficiently

Unfortunately, at times the Veteran's Administration (VA) is characterized by inferior medical services at inferior facilities administered by a medical staff unable to provide better services.

The 2008 VA Budget topped $86 billion dollars, which represented more than an 83% increase in healthcare spending since The VA Healthcare is an example of how we can reduce the size of government and provide a better level of service to its customers, the American Veteran.

Source: Campaign website, markmcbride.ning.com May 15, 2008

Close 700 US military bases overseas

It is estimated the US owns or rents more than 700 military bases in more than 130 countries plus approximately 6,000 bases here at home. These US numbers are conservative because the actual numbers do not include the unknowns in Iraq, Afghanistan and secret installations around the world. The world has 190 nations & we have a presence in at least 153 of them. We have a military that is stretched too far, with too few full-time troops. We must close many of our military installations across the world.
Source: Campaign website, markmcbride.ning.com May 15, 2008

Create military to unequivocally end any national threat

During President Eisenhower's administration, in peacetime, the US military had roughly 3 million men in arms; down from the 12 million men of 1945. Today, we number 1.4 million members in the armed services. We depend too heavily on National Guard and Reserves. We must strengthen our full-time voluntary military numbers to fight the War on Terror and defend us against national threats. We must create a military of the size and with the capability of unequivocally ending any national threat.
Source: Campaign website, markmcbride.ning.com May 15, 2008

US must be the Power that no one will engage

The United States must bring many of our troops home, close unnecessary bases, strengthen any of our weaknesses, rebuild or replace aging equipment and be prepared for any threat to our national security. The US does not need to be the aggressor any more by going around the world and finding conflicts to enter. The US must be the Power that no one will engage.
Source: Campaign website, markmcbride.ning.com May 15, 2008

Other candidates on Homeland Security: Mark McBride on other issues:
SC Gubernatorial:
Mark Sanford
SC Senatorial:
Bob Conley
Jim DeMint
Lindsey Graham


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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