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Former Senator Mike Gravel; visit his Official 2008 Campaign Site

Mike Gravel (D) is a former U.S. Senator from Alaska. He is currnetly a candidate for the Democratic nomination for United States President in 2008.

Senator Gravel Holds Alternative Debate After Being Excluded from Oct. 30th Debate for not Raising $1 Million: Round One

Political Positions[]

"The Issues" at the Gravel 2008 website
Mike Gravel's Platform here at Campaign Wikia
  • Wants an immediate withdrawl from Iraq followed by aggressive diplomacy.
  • Wants to end the War on Drugs by legalizing cannabis, legalizing the regulation of hard drugs, and treating drug abuse as a public health problem instead of a law enforcement problem.
  • Supports the National Initiative legislation for direct democracy at the federal level.
  • Supports the implementation of the Fair Tax, a national retail sales tax that will replace the income tax.
  • Supports a Carbon tax to deal with the problem of Global warming.
  • Wants to implement a universal healthcare system that maintains competition between private businesses by using vouchers.
  • Suppports gun ownership, but advocates a licensing program that requires potential gun owners to be trained in the use of firearms.
  • Fully supports a woman's right to abortion.
  • Supports same-sex marriage and the repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

Senate Career[]


Gravel during his career in the Senate

Mike Gravel was an Alaskan Senator from 1969-1981. During his time in office, he made several noteworthy achievements.

In 1971, he began a one-man filibuster against the renewal of the military draft. Gravel prevented the legislation from being passed for five months until Richard Nixon agreed to let the draft expire in 1973. Also in 1971, he played a key role in getting the Pentagon Papers released by reading 4,100 pages of them into the Congressional Record of his of Senate Subcommittee on Buildings and Grounds. Gravel speaks candidly about his role in releasing the papers in this video.

In 1973, Gravel created an amendment that empowered Congress to make the policy decision about the construction of the Alaska Oil Pipeline. The amendment was opposed at first, but Gravel built support for it and got it passed in the Senate by a single vote. The pipeline has since been responsible for 20% of the U.S. oil supply.

Mike Gravel News & Opinion[]

Latest YouTube Videos by Mike Gravel[]

'Hillary, Your Lips are Moving, and You're Lying'

Ask Yourself

Mike Gravel: A Conversation with Gareth Porter


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Latest editorials by Gravel[]

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