Mike Gravel, Former Alaska Senator, Wants U.S. Out of Foreign Wars

June 7, 2019 by TWN Staff
Presidential candidate former Sen. Mike Gravel of Alaska speaks with a reporter in the "Spin Room" following the Democratic Presidential debate at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, South Carolina, Thursday, April 26, 2007. (Jeff Blake/The State/MCT)

Candidate: Mike Gravel

State of Residence: Alaska

Campaign Website: https://www.mikegravel.org

Presidential candidate former Sen. Mike Gravel of Alaska speaks with a reporter in the “Spin Room” following the Democratic Presidential debate at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, South Carolina, Thursday, April 26, 2007. (Jeff Blake/The State/MCT)

Short Bio: Born in Springfield, Mass, on May 30, 1930, former U.S. Senator Mike Gravel is no stranger to presidential politics having run for Democratic presidential nomination in 2008.

But unlike many who enter politics, Gravel took his time in finding a path to public service. After a stint in the U.S. Army between 1951 and 1954, he attended Columbia University in New York, receiving a bachelor’s degree in 1956.

What followed were a series of odd jobs, including his working as a railroad brakeman and a cab driver. In fact it wasn’t until 1962 until he ran for and won a seat in the Alaska House of Representatives.

After losing a bid for election to the U.S. House of Representative in 1966, Gravel was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1968 and became one of the most outspoken senatorial critics of the Vietnam War.

In 1971 he made headlines when he undertook a five-month-long one-man filibuster that succeeded in killing legislation to extend the draft.

That same year he introduced the Pentagon Papers into the public record by reading portions of them aloud in a subcommittee meeting. Gravel lost his reelection bid in 1980 and spent much of the following 25 years promoting increased citizen participation in government.

Although he initially suggested he was running to qualify for the debates to spread his pro-peace, pro-political reform message, Gravel soon changed his mind.

“I have heard chatter that our efforts do not amount to a ‘serious campaign’ because we intend to drop out after the debates. I am confused. In many ways, I find our campaign to be, perhaps, the only serious campaign that’s running,” Gravel wrote in an email to supporters.

“We aspire for a higher goal than the office of the President of the United States of America. While other candidates run on personality and egotism, our campaign is defining the change and progress we need to live dignified lives,” he said.

Fun Fact: His campaign manager is a 17-year old teenager from New York.

On the Issues

Health Care: Gravel calls health care is a human right, and thinks the U.S. should develop a universal health-care plan. [Axios]

Jobs/Economy/Taxes: Gravel wants big businesses to be broken up, and leaders of corporations to be held directly responsible for the actions of their organizations. [Axios]

2020 Elections

IAVA Protecting Veterans from Predatory Schools
Veterans
IAVA Protecting Veterans from Predatory Schools
February 22, 2021
by TWN Staff

NEW YORK - The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America kicked off veteran education week this morning, continuing a six-week campaign to highlight the priority issues of its members. Over the course of this week, IAVA is highlighting its advocacy efforts to expand and protect veteran... Read More

New Democrat Coalition Endorses H.R. 1, For the People Act
Congress
New Democrat Coalition Endorses H.R. 1, For the People Act
February 19, 2021
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON – As they did last year, the New Democrat Coalition on Thursday endorsed the reintroduced H.R. 1, the For the People Act. H.R. 1 is a sweeping campaign finance and election reform bill that will make it easier for Americans to vote, end the dominance of money... Read More

Bipartisan Bill to Protect Miners from COVID-19 Exposure
Health
Bipartisan Bill to Protect Miners from COVID-19 Exposure
February 12, 2021
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON – This week, Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., Mark Warner, D-Va., Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.V., Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Tim Kaine, D-Va., Bob Casey, D-Pa., Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Pa., introduced the bipartisan, bicameral COVID-19 Mine Worker Protection Act.  The legislation requires the U.S.... Read More

Black-Owned Businesses Lack Resources Amid Pandemic
Business
Black-Owned Businesses Lack Resources Amid Pandemic
February 12, 2021
by Victoria Turner

The pandemic has made clear that broadband access goes hand-in-hand with economic opportunity, exposing the inequities and lack of resources for black-owned businesses across the country, according to Commissioner Geoffrey Starks of the Federal Communications Commission. Since the onset of the novel coronavirus pandemic, black business... Read More

Census Bureau Says States Won’t See Data Needed for Redistricting Until Late September
Redistricting
Census Bureau Says States Won’t See Data Needed for Redistricting Until Late September
February 12, 2021
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - There's no question that the once-every-10-year process of redistricting is off to a slow start.  Though the U.S. Census Bureau ended its collection of data for the 2020 census on Oct. 15, 2020, it missed the December statutory deadline for the delivery of apportionment... Read More

Blockchain Could Move Cryptocurrency to Pivotal Place in Economies
Finance
Blockchain Could Move Cryptocurrency to Pivotal Place in Economies
February 12, 2021
by Reece Nations

Cryptocurrencies have the potential to decentralize systems of commerce across the world, leading to vast peer-to-peer markets absent of manipulation.   In order for this to come to fruition, Sheila Warren, head of data, blockchain and digital assets and member of the executive committee at the World... Read More

News From The Well
scroll top