Mike Gravel

Candidate status: Dropped out March 27, 2008
Filed a statement of candidacy with the FEC on April 14, 2006

States won: None

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Current job: CEO of the Democracy Foundation, lecturer

Birth date: May 13, 1930, Springfield, Massachusetts

Family: Married to Whitney Stewart Gravel. Children: Martin and Lynn. Four grandchildren.

Religion: Unitarian

Education: Columbia University, B.S., 1956

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In Their Own Words

The Democratic Party used to stand for the ordinary working man. But the Clintons and the DLC sold out the Democratic Party to Wall Street.
-- at the July 23, 2007, CNN/YouTube debate
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Some supporters, who may have also contributed to other candidates, include:
Mark Ruffalo
Donated $700
Mark Ruffalo
Paul Raynault
Canadian-born entrepreneur, activist
Gave $500 in May 2006
George Ripley
Director of Americans for Social Justice
Gave $1,000 in May 2006
Carl Wiglesworth
Texas talk radio host
Gave $500 in April 2006
* Money figures are according to FEC
Some of the top and notable advisers, according to the campaigns and/or media reports.
Alex Colvin
Press secretary
Founder of Operation 2012, an activist group; radio producer
Kelly Phong
Senior staff member
Custodian of records and assistant treasurer for presidential candidate Ralph Nader in 2006
Elliot Jacobson
Communications director
Communications director for the Democracy Foundation, has worked for Columbia Pictures, New York City government, and on the 1980 Carter-Mondale presidential campaign
Spencer McNeil
New Hampshire director
Senior executive at Primary Point, a marketing communications firm
* Special Notes
• Delegate counts represent CNN's most recent estimate for each candidate. For Democrats, the figures include pledged delegates and superdelegates. For Republicans, the figures include pledged delegates and unpledged RNC member delegates. There are currently 4,234 total delegates to the Democratic National Convention, including 3,409 pledged delegates and 825 superdelegates. The total number of delegate votes needed to win the nomination is 2,118. There are currently 2,380 total delegates to the Republican National Convention, including 1,917 pledged delegates and 463 unpledged delegates. The total number of delegate votes needed to win the nomination is 1,191. More about the delegate selection process
• Needed to Win: This refers to the total number of delegate votes needed by a candidate to win the party's nomination.
• States won: This refers to CNN's projected winner for each race until a final result has been determined. How CNN projects winners
Mike Gravel Fundraising
TOTAL as of 09/30/2007
Raised: $379,795
Spent: $362,269
Cash-on-Hand: $17,527
provided by FEC
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Gravel on the Issues
Supports abortion rights.
Supports creating a legal path to citizenship for some illegal immigrants. Supports guest worker programs. Says the construction of a border fence along the U.S.-Mexican border is a cosmetic solution. Says that NAFTA agreement has worsened the problem, and that better trade policies can help reduce illegal immigration.
Opposed use of military force in Iraq, saying invasion was against U.S. interests. Opposed Bush plan to send additional American troops to Iraq. Supports immediate troop withdrawal. Says "aggressive" and "skilled" diplomacy needed to end sectarian violence. Says non-binding congressional resolutions are ineffective and that Congress should instead demand an end to the war.
Same-sex marriage
Supports same-sex marriage.
Social Security
Supports investing money from the Social Security Trust Fund to improve solvency, and allowing workers to leave surplus benefits to their heirs.
Calls for replacing the IRS and income taxes with a national sales tax and issuing funds to families living below the poverty line.
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