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Neither Candidate: Fifteen Issues the Election is Not About

Published: Friday, September 28, 2012

Updated: Friday, September 28, 2012 15:09

Neither candidate is interested in stopping the use of the death penalty for federal or state crimes.

Neither candidate is interested in holding anyone in the Bush administration accountable for the torture committed by US personnel against prisoners in Guantanamo or in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Neither candidate is interested in fighting for a living wage. In fact neither are really committed to raising the minimum wage of $7.25 an hour – which, if it kept pace with inflation since the 1960s should be about $10 an hour.

Neither candidate will say they refuse to bomb Iran.

Neither candidate opposes the nuclear power industry. In fact both support expansion.

Neither candidate is campaigning to close Guantanamo prison.

Neither candidate has called for arresting and prosecuting high ranking people on Wall Street for the subprime mortgage catastrophe.

Neither candidate is talking about the over 2 million people in jails and prisons in the US.

Neither candidate proposes any significant specific steps to reverse global warming.

Neither candidate is against warrantless surveillance, indefinite detention or racial profiling in fighting “terrorism.”

Neither candidate proposes to create public jobs so everyone who wants to work can.

Neither candidate is interested in stopping the use of drones to assassinate people in Pakistan, Yemen or Somalia.

Neither candidate was interested in arresting Osama bin Laden and having him tried in court.

Neither candidate is refusing to take huge campaign contributions from people and organizations.

Neither candidate is interested in eliminating or reducing the 5,113 US nuclear warheads.  

Bill Quigley is the Janet Mary Riley Professor at the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. You can reach him by email at 

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