Latest Fact-checks on Mike Gravel Mike Gravel stated on March 13, 2008 in a YouTube video: "I am a candidate. I have not withdrawn." Mike Gravel stated on September 26, 2007 in a debate in Hanover, N.H.: "If we manufactured 5-million of these 2.5-meg windmills across the country, we could electrify the entire nation — the entire nation." Mike Gravel stated on June 28, 2007 in Washington, DC.: "21-million Americans could have a four-year college scholarship for the money we've squandered in Iraq. 7.6-million teachers could have been hired last year if we weren't squandering this money." Mike Gravel stated on June 28, 2007 in a debate at Howard University.: "In 1972, we had a 179,000 human beings in jail in this country. Today, it's 2.3-million, and 70 percent of them are black, African-American."