Kendrick Meek on torture and federal bailout

01/15/09 Mitch E. Perry
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Earlier this week, Miami area Congressman Kendrick Meek became the first Democrat to officially enter the race for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Mel Martinez next year.

WMNF spoke with him today to talk about his candidacy, and asked about a couple of major issues pending in Congress such as what he made of the blockbuster revelations in Wednesday’s Washington Post. Susan Crawford, the senior official for the Pentagon’s military commissions, claimed that interrogators tortured a detainee at Guatanamo Bay and that therefore he could not be prosecuted.

Meek also discussed the request jointly made by President Bush and President-elect Obama for the second part – or $350 billion - of the $700 billion federal rescue package for financial institutions. Meek supported that initial request back in September, as did Obama, John McCain, and a majority of Congress. It was controversial then, and it’s even more controversial now, as there have been serious questions about the lack of accountability, transparency and effectiveness of that $350 billion.

Meek said it was important to support that initial request.

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