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  • Greg Cannon
    http://www.votecobb.com/news/blogentry.2004-10-07.9743857090 COBB TO BE ARRESTED AT ST. LOUIS DEBATE Using non-violent civil disobedience to protest his
    Message 1 of 3 , Oct 8, 2004
      http://www.votecobb.com/news/blogentry.2004-10-07.9743857090
      COBB TO BE ARRESTED AT ST. LOUIS DEBATE

      Using non-violent civil disobedience to protest his
      exclusion from the St. Louis presidential debate,
      Green Party presidential candidate David Cobb expects
      to be arrested by St. Louis County police officers
      when he attempts to walk around the barricades
      cordoning off the Washington University debate site at
      8:15 p.m., Friday, October 8.

      At 8 p.m., when the restricted debate is scheduled to
      begin, Cobb and protesters assembled at Northmoor Park
      will proceed from the park north on N. Big Bend to the
      corner of Forsyth where they will come face to face
      with police and barricades. The protesters, joined by
      Mr. Cobb, will reach the N. Big Bend and Forsyth
      intersection where Cobb will make a brief statement
      about his exclusion and his campaign�s attempts to
      have him included in the debate. At 8:15, Cobb will
      walk around the barricades and be arrested. It is
      expected that he will be taken to a near-by facility
      for processing.

      Cobb will be flying into St. Louis direct from his
      appearance on the PBS program, NOW with Bill Moyers.
      He has participated in a series of debates with other
      presidential candidates in Florida, New York and
      Texas. For more information about the Cobb-LaMarche
      campaign, see http://www.votecobb.org Information
      about the Green Party can be found at
      http://www.gp.org

      -30-
      Paid for by the Cobb/LaMarche Committee

      http://badnarik.org/newsfromthetrail.php?p=1344
      �IT IS NOT TOO SOON FOR HONEST MEN TO REBEL ��
      October 8

      Badnarik: I will debate or be arrested

      October 8, 2004
      For Immediate Release
      Contact: Stephen P. Gordon
      Office: (512) 637-6867
      Cell: (256) 227-8360
      communications@...
      Michael Badnarik, the Libertarian Party�s 2004
      presidential nominee, will debate John Kerry and
      George W. Bush in St. Louis on Friday. Or he�ll go to
      jail instead.

      �A majority of Americans say that I should be included
      in the events sponsored by the Commission on
      Presidential Debates,� says Badnarik, 50, of Austin,
      Texas. �And the CPD, as a non-profit, has received
      special treatment from government on the requirement
      that they be non-partisan in their activities.
      Bi-partisan is not non-partisan.

      �Unless I am allowed to participate, the debates
      become a massive campaign contribution to two of the
      candidates, illegal under the very campaign finance
      laws those two candidates have passed and signed as
      Senator and President.�

      At 8 p.m. on Friday evening, Badnarik, along with the
      demonstrators expected to assemble in protest against
      his exclusion, will proceed to the police line erected
      to keep himself and the other legitimate candidates
      out during broadcast of the �bi-partisan campaign
      commercial.�

      And then he will cross it.

      �We�d have preferred to see John Kerry and George Bush
      stand up like men to debate the issues facing
      America,� says Badnarik�s communications director,
      Stephen Gordon. �However, they have interposed the
      machinery of government between the American people
      and the honest debate which must precede any honest
      election. Now it�s up to patriots like Michael
      Badnarik to force the issue.� In Arizona, the
      Libertarian Party is taking the state university to
      court to prevent the expenditure of state money on a
      similar event.

      Badnarik has previously debated David Cobb, the Green
      Party�s candidate; Michael Peroutka of the
      Constitution Party; and Walt Brown of the Socialist
      Party. Kerry and Bush, as well as Independent Ralph
      Nader, declined to participate in those debates.
      Tomorrow morning, he will proceed from a New York
      taping with Bill Moyers to St. Louis, ready to take on
      the Republican and Democratic machines in defense of
      American democracy.

      Voters in 48 states and the District of Columbia will
      be able to vote for Badnarik on November 2nd. More
      than 600 Libertarians currently serve in public office
      across the United States.
      -30-

      Additional press information:

      - The protest will proceed from Northmoor Park on Big
      Bend Ave., just south of Washington University to the
      corner of Big Bend and Forsyth, where the police line
      is expected to be arrayed. Badnarik�s crossing onto
      the Washington University campus will take place at
      that point, some time between 8 and 8:15 p.m. Badnarik
      and Green Party presidential candidate David Cobb plan
      to cross the police line together.

      - The headline quote is from Thoreau, and intended to
      apply to the US occupation of Iraq:

      �In other words, when � a whole country is unjustly
      overrun and conquered by a foreign army, and subjected
      to military law, I think that it is not too soon for
      honest men to rebel and revolutionize. What makes this
      duty the more urgent is the fact that the country so
      overrun is not our own, but ours is the invading
      army.� � Henry David Thoreau, On the Duty of Civil Disobedience
    • Ram Lau
      Sometimes I wonder how the Bush and Kerry votes would be redistributed if them two were allowed to debate together. My guess is that it would hurt Bush more,
      Message 2 of 3 , Oct 9, 2004
        Sometimes I wonder how the Bush and Kerry votes would be
        redistributed if them two were allowed to debate together.

        My guess is that it would hurt Bush more, probably not to the extent
        how Perot hurt Bush Sr in 1992, but bad enough to take enough votes
        to ruin his re-election bid.

        Ram
      • greg
        If Cobb and Badnarik (or Nader too) were allowed to debate with Bush and Kerry, I also think it would hurt Bush more than it would hurt Kerry. The Green Party
        Message 3 of 3 , Oct 10, 2004
          If Cobb and Badnarik (or Nader too) were allowed to debate with Bush
          and Kerry, I also think it would hurt Bush more than it would hurt
          Kerry. The Green Party philosophy is much more well known than the
          Libertarian Party philosophy. Badnarik would say things and
          conservatives watching would think, "Yeah! I agree! Why isn't Bush
          saying things like that?"

          And just those guys' presence would hurt both Bush and Kerry because
          they'd bring up topics that Bush and Kerry don't talk about but that
          some voters are interested in, like drug legalization, corporate power
          over our society, the troops coming home from Iraq much earlier than
          Bush or Kerry say, and other things.

          --- In prezveepsenator@yahoogroups.com, "Ram Lau" <ramlau@y...> wrote:
          >
          > Sometimes I wonder how the Bush and Kerry votes would be
          > redistributed if them two were allowed to debate together.
          >
          > My guess is that it would hurt Bush more, probably not to the extent
          > how Perot hurt Bush Sr in 1992, but bad enough to take enough votes
          > to ruin his re-election bid.
          >
          > Ram
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