Where are we?

Question: When you read the newspaper or watch the news, what issues stand out for you?

Jeanne Shaheen: Well certainly global warming is one of those things. If we hope to have a world where we can still inhabit it in the same way in the next century, then we need to begin to address that issue; not just today, but probably 20 years ago. Poverty is one of the other huge factors in what happens to people, and nuclear weapons, I think we need to hopefully disarm our nuclear weapons. And I hope … There was a time when I thought I would actually see that happening my lifetime. I’m becoming more discouraged about that today.

Recorded on: 6/13/07

Jeanne Shaheen talks about the continued problem of global poverty, arguing that it's hard to get someone to care about nuclear proliferation if they don't know where their next meal is coming from.

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