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Wednesday, October 30, 1996

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  • Affirmative Action

    During his campaign sweep though California this week, Bob Dole emphasized his support for Proposition 209, the controversial ballot measure that would outlaw affirmative action in the state. Dole used to support affirmative action, but switched his position to attract more votes. Meanwhile opponents of the initiative have begun running TV ads showing former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke in a white Robe in front of a burning cross. Duke was recently in California to participate in a debate on affirmative action. The most recent polls show that more than half of Californians plan to vote for the measure. Laura Saponara has this report on what Proposition might mean for California and the nation...

  • SOCIAL SECURITY.

    In this election year, voters have told candidates that one of the main issues they are concerned about is the future of Social Security, but the candidates have not addressed the issue in great detail. Perhaps that’s because both Democrats and Republicans support privatization. In the latest edition of Mother Jones magazine, Journalist Robert Dreyfuss reports that a stealth campaign is underway to privatize social security and that this effort is receiving significant political support from Democrats. What would privatization mean for the social security system? Is it inevitable? Joining us for a debate on privatization:

  • ARMS PACS.

    During the last Presidential debate, President Clinton boasted that there was less than one percent difference in the defense budget he proposed and the one advocated by Republicans. Defense has clearly been kept off the table in this presidential election year and our next guest WILLIAM HARTUNG thinks he knows why. Arms manufacturers have been pouring money into the 1996 campaigns to protect their contracts here in the U.S. and protect their sales of weapons abroad. William Hartung is with the World Policy Institute which has just released a report on Arms Exporters and political contributions.