Mike Bouchard on Homeland Security

Republican Challenger


Canít give up basic rights to stay safe

Q: Whatís the balance between civil rights and homeland security and how are we doing balancing?

BOUCHARD: We need to keep our state safe. We canít give up basic rights to stay safe. I have very big differences than her. Iím a member of the joint terrorism task force with the FBI - what can I do personally to mitigate and respond to the need. Thereís a list of things that they need to do and fix.

STABENOW: Iím a member of the Banking Committee that tracks money of terrorists. There is a critical balance between what it takes to stay safe and keep our rights. Iím proud of having the Detroit Regional Chamberís endorsement because of protecting businesses in Michigan. Iím championing an effort with Congressional colleagues to protect our middle class way of life.

Source: 2006 Michigan Senate Debate in Grand Rapids , Oct 15, 2006

If we donít fix terrorist security, people die

Q: Do you agree we will face another terrorist attack?

STABENOW: we need to push and pass the 9/11 Report. Iíve lead the effort to fight for those things that allow our firefighters and police what they need to do their job and keep us safe. We have tripled the number of border security. Iíve brought in dollars for sheriffs across the state, including Mike.

BOUCHARD: Thatís just more talk-versus-reality in Washington. I sit on Committee that represents law enforcement - sheís never visited. We need someone who understands security. Security funding has turned into pork barrel spending. They are well intentioned, but no results. If you donít fix a problem - people die.

Source: 2006 Michigan Senate Debate in Grand Rapids, x-ref Stabenow , Oct 15, 2006

Proposes ďSkycopsĒ, incentives for off-duty officers to fly

To better help secure our airways and prevent terrorists from hijacking airplanes, I propose that we supplement the Federal Air Marshall program with a program I call ďSkycops.Ē

Skycops utilizes trained law enforcement officers who fly our skies every day for work and personal business to leverage the overextended resources of the Federal Air Marshal Program. My plan calls for a standardized hands-on training class for all personnel who are certified to fly with a firearm.

In addition, this program

Source: 2006 Senate campaign website, mikeformichigan.com, ďIssuesĒ , Oct 1, 2006

Ensure unconditional victory in the War on Terror

Events over the last few years have made Americans more aware than ever of the dangers that face our nation. As a Sheriff, I am well aware of the threats that we face on a daily basis. As your U.S. Senator, I will work to secure our borders, improve emergency response planning, and ensure we have an unconditional victory in the War on Terror. We must put aside partisanship and work together in order to make our country safe, and thatís what Iíll do in the U.S. Senate.
Source: 2006 Senate website, bouchardforussenate.com, ďIssuesĒ , Jun 24, 2006

Served on the frontlines of homeland security

Some politicians talk about homeland security, Bouchard has been on the frontlines, including helping New York City in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks and assisting in Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. On homeland security and emergency planning, heís ready to step in and work towards reaching meaningful solutions to the challenges facing our country.
Source: 2006 Senate campaign website, www.bouchardforussenate.com , Mar 5, 2006

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