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2007 AFSCME Democratic primary debate in Carson City Nevada, Feb. 21, 2007


 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Education
    Joe Biden: NCLB needs more resources, but also is fundamentally flawed.
    Mike Gravel: US schools fail because weíre yoked by military.
Energy & Oil
    Bill Richardson: Mandatory emissions reductions to make US energy-independent.
Foreign Policy
    Bill Richardson: Bad guys like Richardson; he can make peace with enemies.
Free Trade
    Bill Richardson: We need fair trade, not just unabashed free trade.
    Dennis Kucinich: NAFTA and GATT intentionally limit workers rights.
    John Edwards: We need smart trade, not fair trade vs. free trade.
    John Edwards: Globalization means more education needed for success.
Government Reform
    Hillary Clinton: Cut govít contractors and end privatization of government.
    Mike Gravel: Iíve got no money; of course Iím for campaign finance reform.
    Mike Gravel: You can be empowered to vote on issues that affect your life.
Health Care
    Bill Richardson: State flexibility creates universal coverage without taxes.
    Dennis Kucinich: Key to reform: end role for for-profit insurance companies.
    Hillary Clinton: Universal health care coverage by the end of my second term.
    Hillary Clinton: Still scarred from 1990s reform, but now doing it better.
    John Edwards: Silence is betrayal about universal healthcare-we canít wait.
    Tom Vilsack: Focus on curing incurable diseases that drive up health cost.
    Tom Vilsack: Focus on wellness as part of universal coverage.
    Tom Vilsack: Help Medicare by sharing data & providing long-term homecare.
Homeland Security
    Bill Richardson: We should not be known for Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib.
Jobs
    Dennis Kucinich: Give teeth to the National Labor Relations Act.
    John Edwards: Make joining unions easier; ban firing strikers.
Principles & Values
    Bill Richardson: Pledges to not engage in negative campaigning on Dems.
    Chris Dodd: We canít survive as a nation 51-49; end partisanship.
    Dennis Kucinich: I can move this country because I have no strings.
    Hillary Clinton: Proud of Bill Clintonís record as president.
    Mike Gravel: Achieved much in Senate, but prefers governors for president.
Social Security
    Tom Vilsack: If US govít were a business, balance sheet looks mismanaged.
    Tom Vilsack: Index by prices instead of wages, to maintain stability.
Tax Reform
    Chris Dodd: Moderate but keep the estate tax; incentivize middle class.
    Mike Gravel: Wipe out the income tax! -- itís regressive.
    Mike Gravel: National sales tax; no exceptions; prebates for essentials.
War & Peace
    Bill Richardson: Congress authorized this war; now de-authorize it.
    Bill Richardson: Find ways to withdraw from Iraq, but with diplomacy.
    Chris Dodd: Re-deploy out of refereeing a civil war.
    Chris Dodd: I made mistake in authorizing war; do not continue mistake.
    Chris Dodd: How much more chaos could we be creating in Baghdad?
    Dennis Kucinich: I voted against war because I saw no proof from Bush.
    Dennis Kucinich: Cut off the funds; end the occupation of Iraq.
    Dennis Kucinich: Reparations to Iraq for 650,000 innocent civilians killed.
    Hillary Clinton: Require Bush to redeploy or seek additional authority.
    Hillary Clinton: Takes responsibility for Iraq war vote, but not a mistake.
    Joe Biden: Decentralize Iraq to give people control over daily lives.
    Joe Biden: Vote for Iraq War was mistake; assumed Bush competence.
    Joe Biden: If Iraq metastasizes into regional war, itíll take decades.
    John Edwards: Draw down 40,000 to 50,000 troops right now.
    John Edwards: Wrong on Iraq war vote about WMDs and about Bushís lead-up.
    Mike Gravel: 2008 election will be decided by how Democrats handle war.
    Mike Gravel: Bush can sign bill to end war, or he can believe in God.
    Tom Vilsack: National Guard too busy in Iraq handle natural disasters.
    Tom Vilsack: The war needs to be ended now, not in 6 months or 6 years.
    Tom Vilsack: Congress should remove funding for the war.


The above quotations are from 2007 AFSCME Democratic primary debate in Carson City Nevada, Feb. 21, 2007.

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