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Mike Gravel - Do We Need A "National Initiative" Law?

Complete video at: Former Alaska Senator and 2008 Democratic Presidential candidate Mike Gravel talks about his plans for a "National Initiative," whereby American citizens would vote directly on matters of national policy. ----- Mike Gravel sits down for a talk at the Commonwealth Club of California. With the primaries fast approaching, The Club once again serves as an important stop on the campaign trail as we bring you an unparalleled, up-close-and-personal conversation with Democratic candidate Gravel. Gravel, an outspoken former two-term U.S. senator from Alaska, has staked out positions that place him often in direct confrontation with his own party. During the Vietnam War, Gravel fiercely opposed legislation to renew the military draft and also played a key role in the release of the Pentagon Papers. He has remained committed to the ideals of direct democracy and led a constitutional amendment effort modeled after the state ballot initiatives that would allow American voters to become "law makers" and introduce federal ballot initiatives. From his advocacy for a universal health-care system to the support of a guest worker program, learn more about how Gravel plans to be the "Man for America" - Commonwealth Club of California Maurice Robert "Mike" Gravel, is a former Democratic United States Senator from Alaska, having served for two terms, from 1969 to 1981. He is primarily known for his efforts in ending the draft following the Vietnam War and for having put the Pentagon Papers into the public record in 1971. He is currently a candidate for the 2008 Democratic nomination for President of the United States.
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