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Laurie Dobson’s Responses………………………………...……….3

Herb Hoffman’s Responses……………………………………….…5

Tom Ledue’s Responses………………………………………….….6

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1. Would you vote to reinstate the military draft? No. I don't agree with some who argue that this would stop the war, because people would fight and mobilize if there was a draft. Maybe they would but the state of fascism is more established now than it was during the Vietnam War and I am not convinced that this would in itself, end the war. It would also give them more people to kill. I believe that a better war to end the war is by peace actions and also by firing and replacing Congress and keeping the pressure on them and intensifying the public's resistance. 2. Are you willing to introduce, co-sponsor and/or promote legislation that would amend Section 9528 of the No Child Left Behind Act to protect the privacy of American high school students? Yes. Though not familiar with this section, I am prepared to say I agree with its apparent provisions. 3. Do you believe that the US should ever employ private military contractors? If so, how do you propose holding these contractors and corporations accountable? God no. The recruitment of these types of forces is a reprehensible means for undermining our civilian militia and taking the people's right of self-defense and putting it into the hands of private corporations. The principal intent is wrong and cannot be tolerated. I am irreconcilably opposed to the use of private methods of control of people. These forces should be eliminated. They will refuse lawful accountability; they are by their very nature designed to be an antimilitary force, since they undermine our military's control.

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They could have a disturbing, menacing and tyrannical role to play in our own country to suppress our own people, on the scale on a national Katrina situation where private military forces keep our people from our rightful and lawful domestic defense. This is a mafia-style rule which we must decry and reject. I will take an oath to defend our country from all enemies, foreign and domestic. I see this as a domestic menace, as I also view Infragard and other methods currently being developed by the would-be fascist elements at work in our society today. 4. Are you willing to introduce, co-sponsor and/or promote legislation that would offer tax exemptions, reimbursements or credits to weapons manufacturers doing business in Maine? No. We must not turn the proud heritage of our state into a vehicle for the expansion and installation of a permanent military industrial conglomerate operating within our borders. This does not teach peace to our people or our children and it doesn't ensure them with the true happiness which is their right and Constitutional heritage. 5. Are you willing to introduce, co-sponsor and/or promote legislation that would convert a minimum of 15% of current U.S. defense spending to provide for social programs? Yes. I believe in a guns for butter program, to 'create the conditions for peace' as FDR said. 6. Are you willing to introduce, co-sponsor and/or promote legislation that would establish a Department of Peace? Yes. Kucinich had the right idea and it needs serious consideration by the rest of Congress.

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1. Would you vote to reinstate the military draft? Yes, only if this is coupled with a thorough overhaul of the military and its role, including the creation of the Department of Peace, and a renewed emphasis on diplomacy. Converting to a true citizens' military would be an important part of the conversion of the role of our Nation's military. I would also include a community service option as an alternative to serving in the military. 2. Are you willing to introduce, co-sponsor and/or promote legislation that would amend Section 9528 of the No Child Left Behind Act to protect the privacy of American high school students? Yes. 3. Do you believe that the US should ever employ private military contractors? If so, how do you propose holding these contractors and corporations accountable? No. 4. Are you willing to introduce, co-sponsor and/or promote legislation that would offer tax exemptions, reimbursements or credits to weapons manufacturers doing business in Maine? I am opposed to granting these inducements [profits] to weapons manufacturers; however these types of state tax incentives are an issue for the Maine Governor and Legislature, not the U.S. Senate. 5. Are you willing to introduce, co-sponsor and/or promote legislation that would convert a minimum of 15% of current U.S. defense spending to provide for social programs? At least that amount beyond the savings that would result from ending the Iraq War/Occupation – also to provide funding for repairing the infrastructure and the development of alternative, renewable fuels. This would be a TRUE economic stimulus plan. 6. Are you willing to introduce, co-sponsor and/or promote legislation that would establish a Department of Peace? Yes.

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1. Would you vote to reinstate the military draft? No. We must also work to make sure that economic conditions do not create a de facto draft by limiting other opportunities for our poorest citizens. 2. Are you willing to introduce, co-sponsor and/or promote legislation that would amend Section 9528 of the No Child Left Behind Act to protect the privacy of American high school students? Yes. A simple change that will protect families’ privacy is to allow families to opt to be on a contact list if they want to be contacted by recruiters rather than the current law that makes this private information available to recruiters unless a family opts off such a list. 3. Do you believe that the US should ever employ private military contractors? If so, how do you propose holding these contractors and corporations accountable? No. If we cannot generate enough support within our democracy to support a war, clearly it should not be fought. 4. Are you willing to introduce, co-sponsor and/or promote legislation that would offer tax exemptions, reimbursements or credits to weapons manufacturers doing business in Maine? No. Our military industrial complex often enjoys profit margins over 20%. We need to invest more in our people and less in the defense industry. 5. Are you willing to introduce, co-sponsor and/or promote legislation that would convert a minimum of 15% of current U.S. defense spending to provide for social programs? Yes. We need to invest a significant percentage of these resources toward strengthening our communities through the support of local clean energy generation capacity, local agriculture and local industry that uses local resources. The less we are dependent of fossil fuels, centralized industrial food and production systems, the less that we will need social programs.

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6. Are you willing to introduce, co-sponsor and/or promote legislation that would establish a Department of Peace? Yes!! This is long overdue. We must learn to sow the seeds of peace and understand that doing so is both in line with our ideals and the long term best interests of our country and all people.

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