Chris Dodd on Principles & Values
Democratic Sr Senator (CT)
But the senior senator from Connecticut is in fact a consummate Democratic political insider. An ebullient Irish American politician somewhat in the mold of Ted Kennedy and Daniel Patrick Moynihan, he has become a powerful force in the Senate. Now in his fifth Senate term (following three terms in the House), Dodd has occupied important committee seats and is considered a formidable dealmaker. He chaired the Democratic National Committee during the heart of the Clinton years, from 1995 to 1997.
A: Well, there were two moments. One was the decision to join the Peace Corps, getting excited about John Kennedy inviting a generation of us to be a part of things larger than ourselves. And the second was, a week before my father died, when he was asked, “Would he do it all over again?,” he said he’d do it in a minute, because you can never do as much for the public good as you can through a public life.
A: The core platform is to get America back on track again both at home and abroad, with strong leadership that knows how to bring people together. Americans aren’t divided. Our political establishment is. Americans want to see us solve the problems of energy and health care, make us less vulnerable, less isolated in the world. We want to once again feel good about our country and leave a generation coming along with more opportunities than the present.
A: Well, it’s been said before, won’t be the first or the last, but I also agree on the war in Iraq was a huge mistake.
It’s also going to take committed leadership, principled leadership, proven leadership. I’ve served in the US Senate for 26 years. I’ve been involved in every major domestic and foreign policy debate of our country. I know how to bring people together.
Source: 2007 AFSCME Democratic primary debate in Carson City Nevada Feb 21, 2007
A: Yes, sir.
Q: You’re willing to take on Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, John Edwards and say you’re more qualified than they are?
A: Well, I want to make my case based on experience and judgment and ability. The very debate we’re having here today, I think, indicates we need new leadership in the country. I can’t believe that in five years we’ve squandered years of the administration’s, Republicans and Democrats, building world alliances to support us. When you think of where we were on September 12th, 2001 and where we are today, clearly new leadership is necessary in the country, and I want to be part of that debate.
"In the past month, many Senators have asked me about my judicial philosophy. It is simple: fidelity to the law. The task of a judge is not to make the law--it is to apply the law. And it is clear, I believe, that my record in two courts reflects my rigorous commitment to interpreting the Constitution according to its terms; interpreting statutes according to their terms and Congress's intent; and hewing faithfully to precedents established by the Supreme Court and my Circuit Court. In each case I have heard, I have applied the law to the facts at hand."
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AK:Miller(R) vs.McAdams(D) vs.Murkowski(I)
CA:Boxer(D) vs.Fiorina(R) vs.Lightfoot(L)
FL:Rubio(R) vs.Crist(I) vs.Meek(D) vs.DeCastro(C) vs.Snitker(L)
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OH:Fisher(R) vs.Portman(D) vs.Deaton(C)
VT:Leahy(D) vs.Britton(R) vs.Freilich(I)
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