2007.04.04: April 4, 2007: Headlines: Figures: COS - Dominican Republic: Politics: Congress: Election2008 - Dodd: Expansion: Laconia Citizen: Dodd says he would like to expand the corps to 100,000 from the 7,000 currently serving

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Dodd says he would like to expand the corps to 100,000 from the 7,000 currently serving

Dodd says he would like to expand the corps to 100,000 from the 7,000 currently serving

A former Peace Corps volunteer, Dodd said he would like to expand the corps to 100,000 from the 7,000 currently serving. There are only two Arab-speaking countries — Jordan and Morocco — with Peace Corps volunteer programs. "We haven't been asked to be something larger than ourselves for a long time," he said. Senator Chris Dodd of Connecticut served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic in the 1960's.

Dodd says he would like to expand the corps to 100,000 from the 7,000 currently serving

Dodd: 'No Child' a 'disaster'


Presidential candidate Chris Dodd blasted the federal No Child Left Behind education law, saying its implementation has been "a disaster."

Speaking before a standing-room-only crowd at the new Woodside Building at the Taylor Community, the senior senator from Connecticut said children from Laconia, as well as the other 50 million public school children in America, are competing on an international scale in a global economy and will have to be better prepared than ever before.

"If we don't get this issue right, everything else is at great risk, in my opinion," said Dodd. "Our country, our system of governance, our economy depends on having a well-educated population."

Addressing the largely senior-citizen audience in a town-hall meeting format, Dodd fielded questions about everything from federal deficits to health care.

He said one of the first things he would do if elected president would be to support negotiated pricing for the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

"We need to stop the bickering and get something going," he said, telling the crowd he also would try to keep people healthy in addition to encouraging a universal system of benefits and participation.

He said the current health care system is cost-driven, whereas a more effective system would be driven by ways to keep people healthy.

"We are over-drugged and over-operated on," said Dodd, adding that most of the improvements in life expectancy over the past 25 years have not been because of the health care system but because of improvements in the other qualities of American life such as decent wages and improved working conditions.

"We need to think about this in a broader context," said Dodd.

"If I were president, I'd begin deploying tonight," said Dodd, responding to a question about Iraq and the future of American diplomacy.

He said it was a mistake to pass an amendment calling for ending the war. "We didn't get elected to send a message," he said.

During his most recent trip to Iraq, he said, he didn't meet any Iraqi officials who thought the surge was a good idea.

"When 60 percent of Iraqis thinks it's okay to shoot at us, and 80 percent think we're the cause of the problem, then it's time to leave," said Dodd to applause.

Dodd said he would like to see a surge in diplomacy. "Even Richard Nixon found time to meet (former Chinese leader) Mao Tse-tung," he said.

A former Peace Corps volunteer, Dodd said he would like to expand the corps to 100,000 from the 7,000 currently serving. There are only two Arab-speaking countries — Jordan and Morocco — with Peace Corps volunteer programs.

"We haven't been asked to be something larger than ourselves for a long time," he said.

He said the current administration is increasingly isolating the U.S., adding that a recent poll of Chileans revealed they thought President Bush was more dangerous than Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

America need to continue to build new relations, said Dodd, saying the current administration behaves like a "petulant child" in its refusal to talk to enemies.

Finally Dodd said he would like to see the United States free of oil from the Persian Gulf within 10 years of his election, and said he would accomplish this by taking a harder look at biofuels, liquid coal, and nuclear energy.

"We can do a better job of this than we are doing," said Dodd.

He said he would reach out to China and help that country develop better technology to allow it to become more environmentally cautious. "I would make it a national priority," said Dodd.

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