Two days after terrorists imploded the World Trade Center and left a gaping hole in the Pentagon, Christopher Dodd became a father for the first time. That, in part, explains why the Connecticut Democrat, now in his early 60s, crisscrosses Iowa in what many say is a quixotic quest for the presidency."We could still see the Pentagon smoldering from that hospital," says Senator Dodd in a Monitor interview.
"They're selling a false dichotomy that in order for us to be more secure, we're going to have to give up some rights.
I believe the opposite is true: If you give up your liberty and your rights, you become far less secure."Lessons from Nuremberg Perhaps more than any other presidential candidate running, Dodd has values steeped in and shaped by history.
At Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Dodd tells a crowd of more than 100 that he came home a "very changed person.""It was my epiphany: I remembered what it was to be an American, to be optimistic and confident even at a time [when] the Vietnam War was raging and we were divided," he says.
"There was a sense that we were doing good things for our country and for others."From the Peace Corps, Dodd went to law school and served in the Army National Guard and the Reserve during the 1960s and '70s.
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He was a teenager "going nowhere" when Dodd came to his small village and lived with his family."Christopher pressed me to learn English so I could build a better life," says Mr.
Tejada, who now owns a real estate company in Reading, Pa. He helped me and a lot of people in my country."On the campaign trail, Dodd repeatedly refers to his Peace Corps experience.
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