In a close presidential election which may turn on the results in a few "battleground" states, every vote counts.
Or does it?
Despite the 2000 Florida voting fiasco, which held up election results and ultimately sent them to the Supreme Court, George W. Bush's re-election
campaign seems to have overlooked the potential effect of
"third party" candidates this November.
"This is a race between the president of the United States and John Kerry," Bush spokesman Danny Diaz told the Santa Fe New Mexican on Wednesday
when asked about the prospects of Libertarian presidential
candidate Michael Badnarik, "and voters will make their decision between those two candidates."
Typical reaction -- but not so fast, say Badnarik staffers."Our candidate was at 5% in New Mexico last week," says campaign manager Fred Collins,
referring to a recent Rasmussen poll of the state. "Now he's visiting the state and advertising. He will be the decisive factor in New Mexico -- and
other states -- come election day."
And the candidate himself? "I'm not surprised," says Badnarik, 50, of Austin, Texas. "The typical approach of Republicans and Democrats is to
ignore Libertarians. If they acknowledge us, they have to debate us. If they debate us, they lose."
"The 'ignore the man behind the curtain' approach won't work this year, though," he says, "We're speaking loudly enough to be heard over the
bipartisan white noise.""A choice between Bush and Kerry is no choice at all," says Badnarik. "And their heads we win, tails you lose pitch to the
voters won't play this time. They're telling voters 'you have no choice.' I'm telling voters that their votes count. And they're listening."
Then he backs off a bit. "Correction: Some of them are listening. It doesn't surprise me that Bush's people aren't. They hear what they want to
Does 'WMDs in Iraq' ring any bells? Maybe he's staffing his campaign with former intelligence operatives."
---------------I love this man, he speaks much sense, and the left and right know this so understandably I can see why they don't want to debate
him... The truth shall set you free... He's on an hour long interview on am radio in ct, click to listen, it was done today the
Anyway,he's the only good thing for this country right now, we NEED this party.... Need... you want to destroy your country keep voting for some
monkey to take care of you, keep putting blind faith into guys that do nothing but sweet talk you and fill your hearts with empty promises... Like
scary kerry and bush do...
"George Bush, John Kerry. No real choice, it's really scary."
[edit on 29-8-2004 by TrueLies]