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Walter Mondale on Homeland Security


R&D on missile defense, but deployment destabilizes

Mondale favors continuing research and testing on Missile defense, but criticized Bush for seeking deployment too early, which he said was "destabilizing" and is getting ahead of the technology's capabilities. Coleman supports Bush's approach.
Source: Eric Black, Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune Nov 1, 2002

Star Wars didn?t work in 1984 and still doesn?t work

When I campaigned against Reagan [in 1984], he was talking about "Star Wars." Don't worry about the Soviets, they'll send those missiles at us but we'll never be hurt. We'll have this high altitude defense. [In the Bush 2000 campaign], they're back at it again even though not one of those defensive missiles have ever worked. I think we should keep testing it. But to commit us to a system that could lead to an arms race, that's the same thing we talked about 20 years ago.
Source: PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer Aug 15, 2000

Opposed Nixon?s plans for antiballistic missile systems

The Nixon administration provided a natural foil for Mondale's liberalism. [In the 1970s], he opposed the administration's plans to build costly antiballistic missile systems and supersonic transport aircraft.
Source: Senate Historical Office, Vice Presidents of the US Jan 1, 1997

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