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Senator Arlen Specter (D PA)

15 minutes with Arlen Specter, asking why progressives should vote for him, and his positions on health care, single payer, medicare for all, the next supreme court nominee, Israel, Iran, citizens united, corporate personhood and more


How would you characterize yourself, politically-- conservative, centrist, liberal, progressive?
He doesn't characterize himself (but his wikipedia page says he's center left.

What are projects or issues you care about that resonate with progressives?
civil rights, blocked bork, women's rights.

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What do you say to progressives on Why progressives should vote for you?


Admin has ....

The DOJ recently announced that it is prosecuting an NSA whistleblower who exposed violations of the law. There are many who believe we need more of this, not intimidation. What's your take?

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Not familiar with case.


Bottom up;
grassroots funding of campaigns.

Fixing the problem that citizens united created-- clean money
Corporate personhood.
corporate personhood requires constitutional amendment.
Likes Schumer's plan to deal with the situation Citizen's united decision created.

Single payer
supports it, supports trust busting.


It seems that right wingers in the US and Israel are trying to demonize Obama's efforts to put pressure on Israel to create an environment conducive to peacemaking-- accusing him of forsaking Israel.

Questions about Iran


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Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect, connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. He's given talks and workshops to Fortune 500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful people on his Bottom Up Radio Show, and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and opinion sites, OpEdNews.com

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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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