Senate Hopeful Raises Issues

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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Tom Campbell spoke to students on an array of hot issues ranging from abortion to the drug war in the Valley Life Sciences Building yesterday.

Hoping to dethrone U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein after her second term in office, Campbell presented his views to Alan Ross's Political Science 179 class.

Campbell, a nine-year member of the U.S. House of Representatives, began by addressing several issues at the heart of his campaign.

"I intend to bring up issues that deserve attention but haven't yet received any," he said

Citing statistics that indicate increased drug addictions and drug related crimes, despite an increase in federal funds to fight the war on drugs, Campbell suggested it was time to attack drugs from a new angle.

"Some will say I am soft on drugs, but it is softheaded to repeat failure," he said. "I am putting forward an alternative."

Campbell's alternative would redirect federal funds to improve rehabilitation facilities nationwide, and provide additional spaces for drug addicts seeking rehabilitation.

In reference to the 'social security lock box,' an important issue in the presidential debates, Campbell posed the question "What good is a lock box if there is nothing inside it?"

He supports using the federal budget surplus to pay back the $3.6 billion the federal government owes the social security system.

He also expressed his frustration over recent attempts to make the president accountable to Congress when committing U.S. troops to hostile areas. Campbell sued President Bill Clinton for injunctive relief when Clinton committed U.S. troops to Yugoslavia for more than the 60 days allowed without congressional approval.

"There will be another time when the president will wage war without getting the approval of Congress," Campbell said. "If I am in the Senate, I will fight that issue again."

The senatorial hopeful kept his remarks brief, allowing ample time for questions from students.

During the question and answer session, Campbell also expressed his opposition to economic sanctions against Iraq and Iran, while addressing the need to keep weapons of mass destruction out of both countries.

In response to a question about abortion, Campbell deviated from the sentiment of fellow Republicans.

"I am 100 percent pro-choice," he responded.

Campbell also crossed party lines in opposing Proposition 38, the statewide school voucher initiative.

"I am not supporting (Proposition) 38," he said. "I am supporting an alternative that incorporates vouchers but does not take money away from the public schools."

Other issues that sparked student interest were gay rights and the Clinton's impeachment last December.

The congress member, touting himself as a "social compassionate," advocated adding a clause to Title 7 to prohibit discrimination against gays.

As a Stanford law professor, he said he could not in good conscience vote against the impeachment of Clinton.

"I could not stand up before my law students and say there exists one law for all, and that we are all equal under the law, unless I apply those laws to the president," he said.

Campbell faces an uphill battle to replace Feinstein in the Senate, but he said he is confident his issues will appeal to many Californians and win him election in November.Senate Hopeful Raises Issues


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