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Monday, February 07, 2005

Russ Feingold Interview

Posted by Tim Tagaris

Tomorrow night, I, along with several other bloggers, have the opportunity to ask a question of Senator Russ Feingold. So I have decided to turn to SSP's readers; what question do you think I should ask? Whether it be an actual question, or a topic you would like to see asked about, drop a comment below.

Personally, I am inclined to support a Feingold candidacy if and when he decides to run. Whether it was the informal poll on Kos this weekend, or previous polls on MyDD, it appears I would have a lot of company.

In the interim, take a moment to read the senator's op-ed in today's Christian Science Monitor. Here is a brief snip I appreciated on engaging the Middle East through dialogue, diplomacy and aid, as opposed to the current short-sighted policies of the Bush Administration.

But if we want a less threatening future, we Americans need to get in the game, increase our diplomatic presence, listen to the people on the ground, and combine widespread, quick-impact development projects with long-term investments in fighting corruption and promoting the rule of law. This has to be done in Mali and across the developing world. Most of all, we need to stop thinking solely in terms of how the world will look next year, and start thinking about how it will look in 50 years [...]

It is time to plan again for a generational effort, to commit to a policy of engagement, and to plant a new crop of wisdom. The US must engage with Muslim communities, and offer tangible support to struggling nations.

Without that sustained, consistent effort, our talk of partnership in the fight against terrorism will be seen for what it is: an empty gesture, and an empty-handed one at that.

Posted at 11:15 AM in 2008 Election - President, 2008 President - Democrats, Netroots | Technorati


Wow, I've got to say I'm pretty jealous of you, Tim! I run a Feingold for President blog, and I'd love to interview him. Anyway, here's a couple of questions I'd like to hear him talk about.

1. One of the issues that concerns me the most is the problem of poverty in America-for example, 20-25% of kids still grow up in poverty, people work full time and stay under the poverty line-I'd like to know how important of a problem you think poverty is and how you believe it should be addressed.

2. I'd like to know your opinion on reforms that would make it easier for third parties to compete in American politics, and specifically Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) which would eliminate the spoiler effect?

3. As a Democrat who voted against the PATRIOT Act and the Iraq War what kind of policies do you think Democrats should persue to convince Americans they can keep America safe while maintaining their committments to civil liberties and diplomacy.

Posted by: Dan K. [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 7, 2005 04:47 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

What is the name of the blog you run?

Posted by: Tim T. [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 7, 2005 04:49 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

The name is Russ Feingold for President, it's at http://russfeingold.blogspot.com

Posted by: Dan K. [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 7, 2005 05:14 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

Whose running the call?

I was only invited to one conference call...

I'm a Feingold fan but not sure I can support him for President (Americans for Bayh chairman)

Posted by: Daniel [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 7, 2005 10:44 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment