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Vic Vickers on Homeland Security

Republican Senate challenger


We can't handle expense of foreign adventures

Vickers said U.S. troops should be pulled from both Iraq and Afghanistan because the federal budget can't handle the expense.

"I haven't heard any national leader say we've got to pull out of Afghanistan," he said, adding that increasing military forces in Afghanistan, as both major presidential candidates propose, is the wrong way to find a fugitive. "These foreign adventures have to stop. We're not the United Kingdom during the 18th century."

Source: Stephen Dinan, "Stevens faces toughest battle" Aug 14, 2008

Fought & beat Bush in Dubai Ports deal

As the owner of Eller and Co., Mr. Vickers had stakes in both the company that controlled the Port of Miami's operations and the biggest stevedoring company for the port. When he heard his partners were trying to see out to Dubai Ports, he balked.

"We started trying to light the fuse," he said. That meant stirring up press reports and getting some members of Congress to take up the cause. By the time the matter was finished, Mr. Bush had backed down in the face of a full-fledged revolt from his own party, which controlled Congress and was preparing to pass legislation overturning his decision.

"In that fight, I had the emir of Dubai and the president of the United States against me. In this fight two years later, I've got a senator who thinks he's emperor of Alaska and the entire political establishment against me, and Big Oil against me," he said. "I don't know which one is tougher."

Source: Stephen Dinan, "Stevens faces toughest battle" Aug 14, 2008

Other candidates on Homeland Security: Vic Vickers on other issues:
AK Gubernatorial:
Sarah Palin
AK Senatorial:
Dave Cuddy
Lisa Murkowski
Mark Begich
Ted Stevens


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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