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October 22, 2007

Voter Guide Update: Mike Gravel on new nuclear weapons

Our Voters for Peace and Security voter guide currently lists former Senator Mike Gravel as having no clear position on new nuclear weapons. Our researchers found information about his extensive work while in Congress to stop nuclear testing in the 1970s, but not an explicit statement of opposition to the development of new nuclear weapons.

Chris Petherick, Chief of Staff for Gravel’s campaign, sent Peace Action West this clarification today:

“Senator Gravel is opposed to the new production of nuclear weapons. In fact, he has said that the United States is in violation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty because of the U.S. military's continued production of nuclear weapons. At the South Carolina Democratic primary debate, on MSNBC Apr 26, 2007, Senator Gravel voiced his concerns: ‘Who is the greatest violator of the non-proliferation treaty? The United States of America. We signed a pledge that we would begin to disarm, and we're not doing it. We're expanding our nukes.’”

Keep checking back with voter4peace.org to get more updates as candidates’ positions are clarified or changed.  You can download the updated version of the voter guide on the Voters for Peace and Security homepage.




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