Tuesday, March 14, 2006

10th CD Players: Smith, Seals and Kirk-- Compare and Contrast

Jeff Berkowitz: …This was an issue thrown out by Lee Goodman. He said to Mr. Seals…what if it goes to violence between Iran and Israel, goes to a violent [situation] that they can’t work out their differences?

Zane Smith [D-Winnetka, 10th CD Dem. Primary Candidate]: You mean to [Cong.] Kirk?

Jeff Berkowitz: No, I am saying this was a question [that Lee Goodman asked] to candidate Dan Seals and Seals said [with respect to] which would he choose [between Israel and Iran], he said he “would choose peace.” If you asked that to [Cong.] Mark Kirk, I am just guessing, I don’t know [but] I think he would say, “I would choose Israel between Israel and Iran.” What would you choose if it went to Israel and Iran-- if it went to a violent confrontation?

Zane Smith: I would choose Israel.

Jeff Berkowitz: You would.

Zane Smith: Absolutely.
Jeff Berkowitz: Do you think we know enough… to conclude that Iran is reasonably close to developing a nuclear capability?

Zane Smith: I think they are close but I think they haven’t done it.

Jeff Berkowitz: … At some point, might they be close enough [so that] if you had exhausted all other aspects of diplomacy, negotiation, working with allies and so forth—at some point would you say that the U. S. needs to consider a military option? A pre-emptive strike to take away [from Iran] that nuclear capability?

Zane Smith: A military option is an option; it just should be the last option.

Jeff Berkowitz: Okay, but you would consider that. Seals seems to say he wouldn’t.

Zane Smith: That’s where we differ.

Jeff Berkowitz: But, you both said that the U. S. should not be the policeman of the world. You and Seals agree on that, right?

Zane Smith: We do.

Jeff Berkowitz: You think [Cong.] Kirk differs with you on that?

Zane Smith: I think Kirk has a different view of the world. I think he shares the view of the Republicans which is that if there is an opportunity to impose democracy, you should take it. I disagree with that. I think if a country wants a democracy, we should encourage it. We should do everything we can to support it, but we shouldn’t impose it.

Jeff Berkowitz: CAFTA, is there a disagreement between you and Seals on that. You oppose NAFTA, right? You oppose CAFTA, the Central American Free Trade Agreement.

Zane Smith: I said that on your last program [that I did].

Jeff Berkowitz: What about Seals? Has he waffled on that?

Zane Smith: He [Seals] has. In the past, he has said that he supports it. [That] he supports NAFTA. He supports CAFTA. Now he says he doesn’t…

Jeff Berkowitz: Kirk, though, is a big supporter. That is a big difference between Kirk and you. He is a big supporter of NAFTA and CAFTA.

Zane Smith: Big difference.
The above is a partial transcript of Zane Smith [D-Winnetka], 10th CD Dem. Primary candidate, debating and discussing the issues with show host and legal recruiter Jeff Berkowitz on Public Affairs. This episode of the show is airing this week as the suburban edition of Public Affairs. See here for more about the show, its airing schedule and for access to a video podcast of the show on your computer. The show with Zane Smith was recorded on March 5, 2006. 10th CD Dem. Primary Candidate Dan Seals was invited to appear on the show, but he did not respond to the invitation. Statements by Mr. Berkowitz as to Seals’ positions were based on video podcasts featuring Mr. Seals and available at Lee Goodman’s podcast page [see here].
Jeff Berkowitz, Show Host/Producer of "Public Affairs," and Executive Legal Recruiter doing legal search can be reached at JBCG@aol.com