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Posted on 10/09/2004 2:01:32 AM PDT by ETERNAL WARMING
COUNTDOWN TO ELECTION DAY Candidates arrested at debate Libertarian, Green party nominees tried to serve commission
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Posted: October 9, 2004 1:00 a.m. Eastern
© 2004 WorldNetDaily.com
Two third-party presidential candidates were arrested at the presidential debate in St. Louis when they tried to serve the debate commission with a show cause order.
Michael Badnarik of the Libertarian Party and David Cobb of the Green Party were protesting their exclusion from the debate between President Bush and Democratic Party nominee John Kerry.
Just as the debate began, the two candidates purposely crossed a police barricade and were arrested.
The debate took place at Washington University. The campus was alive with protesters and backers of both major-party candidates.
Protesters had no direct path to the school's athletic complex, which was converted into a red-white-and-blue television studio for the 90-minute debate between Bush and his Democratic rival.
Cobb said his purpose was "to expose the undemocratic nature of these debate, this election and our government. These are not debates, these are infomercials."
Absolutely right, Cobb. Regardless of your decision, the lack of free speech in this election should outrage all of us.
Wait, you actually think these bozos should have been allowed in the debate?
Can you say publicity ploy?
I actually agree with you on this one, EW.
The major parties have totally stacked the deck against any third party candidate. It IS unAmerican and unfair.
Um, EW is right... all candidates should have an equal opportunity...
Of course you folk's are right. Only in Amerika would Free Speech and Open Elections be barred, then championed at FR. Blackbird.
Surely you don't really believe that. Beyond the larger third-party candidates, there are dozens of other people running for President. Would you really want to see a presidential debate with all of them? So at some point there have to be some standards to decide who gets into the debate.
THose "bozos" actually have some very sound ideas on the issues, plus they're not afraid to tackle the tough ones that the other two won't touch.
Wanted to add that some members of the group of protestors with Cobb and Badnarik were shoved by supporters of Bush and Gore while they were walking to the park to hear the candidates speak. The candidates were among those in the crowd. Did these candidates receive protection from the secret service or the FBI? No. They only received police guard after they were arrested.
Also, why is it that no-one in Law Enforcement knows where Badnarik is being held? I'm sure if it was Bush or Kerry they wouldn't be able to just say - we don't have any idea where they are being held at this time... That's a little scary to me.
For another view of the incident this evening and the happenings earlier in the day...
NEWS FLASH: Badnarik arrested trying to crash debate
Libertarian Presidential candidate Michael Badnarik and Green Party Presidential candidate David Cobb were arrested Friday evening when they crossed police lines in an attempt to gain entry to the presidential debate they had been excluded from at Washington University in St. Louis, MO.
Reached by mobile phone at approximately 11:30PM Central time Friday, Badnarik campaign Communications Director Stephen Gordon reported being in a hectic rush to gather, verify and distribute information on the situation.
Michael Badnarik is currently imprisoned at an undisclosed location in the St. Louis area. I've gotten a report from our man John Airheart out in the field saying that law enforcement officials are unable to provide info on his exact whereabouts, but he is believed to probably be in a St. Louis municipal lockup. We intend to get him out as soon as we can find out more, as he has campaign appearances
scheduled in St. Louis, Champagne-Urbana and Kansas City on Saturday.
Gordon went on to stress that Badnarik was doing far more than merely protesting his exclusion from the debates when arrested. He was attempting to serve process papers on Commission on Presidential Debates officials.
Michael had process papers in his pocket related to our suit in Arizona against the CPD. Two previous attempts this afternoon to serve papers to the CPD at their facility in Washington, DC were thwarted by guards they recently set up. We expect to be releasing more information on that as it becomes available
The Badnarik campaign said they also made attempts to serve process via email and facsimile to the Commission on Presidential Debates and others involved in the suit, which may soon take a turn for the dramatic.
We will be in court Tuesday morning to stop the third debate. Public money is being used illegally to promote only certain candidates said Gordon, who also mentioned that photos and audio of process papers being served to Arizona State University officials for their role in the upcoming third debate will be made available by the Badnarik campaign shortly.
Asked about the mainstream media blackout of Badnarik and Cobb's arrest, Gordon was undaunted. Americans know now they can not trust the mainstream media to cover real events in real time. The Internet is taking over because it has to. Americans have no place to go for the truth anymore but the Internet.
Bump! Don't have a list please pass this on to yours? Thanks! (o:
(Shhh....don't rile the Libertarians...a couple more puffs and the brain cells devoted to this issue will die off and they'll forget it ever happened...)
(Like marijuana, drugs, WOD, marijuana, hash, storm troopers, jack-booted thugs, marijuana, pot, illegal drugs, marijuana...did I mention marijuana...?)
Not lurking long enough, I'd say...
Why should my tax money subsidize Bozo Bush and Bozo Kerry's infomercials?
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