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Sam Granato on Homeland Security

 


Repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"; an affront to gay soldiers

Granato and Lee disagreed about how to handle illegal immigration, gays in the military, radioactive waste disposal in Utah and how to save Social Security.

Lee supported continuing the "don't ask, don't tell policy" banning gays from openly serving in the military. Granato called for a repeal, saying many gays now serve honorably and the policy is an affront to them.

Source: Salt Lake Tribune coverage of 2010 Utah Senate debate Sep 17, 2010

Support START (nuclear reduction) and CTBT (test ban)

Republican Mike Lee and Democrat Sam Granato have staked out positions on the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with Russia, which the Senate is in the midst of debating, as well as President Barack Obama's ultimate goal--passing a new Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.

Lee opposes the passage of START and the CTBT; Granato supports passing both.

Lee opposes passing the CTBT because, he said, it's better for the U.S. to decide whether to test its nuclear weapons rather than signing on to a treaty that would tie its hands in the future. Lee also opposes ratification of START, which the Senate Foreign Relations Committee plans to mark up in September after the congressional recess.

"He's come out and said we should do nuclear testing. I'm adamantly opposed to nuclear testing," Granato said in a brief interview. "We know what these weapons can do. How many times do we need to prove how dangerous they are by testing them again? We need to strive toward a nuclear-free world."

Source: By Jen Dimascio in Politico, "Nukes a Hot Topic" Aug 5, 2010

Other candidates on Homeland Security: Sam Granato on other issues:
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