Thursday, September 23, 2004
Activist Alert for 9/23/04
A rift seems to be developing between the Commission on Presidential Debates and the Bush & Kerry camps. It seems that the CPD is uncomfortable with some of the demands being made by those candidates and apparently the moderators aren't too pleased either. Let's see if we can't drive the wedge a little deeper. Tonight we have a letter to declare Michael Badnarik ready to debate - no holds barred! Try to send this to each and every one of the CPD Board members, and the Bush & Kerry camps as well. Let them know you are out there and paying attention to what they are doing.
This campaign is working. We have reports from several activists of getting Letters to the Editor printed, a lot of replies are being reported, and one live contact with Janet Brown of the CPD has been made. More on that in a future post.
A New sample letter can be found at the bottom of the contact list below. You can find other samples at our website or never hesitate to write your own. Keep those calls and letters going out we're going to make this happen.
Contacts for the Bush & Kerry Campaigns
Bush-Cheney '04, Inc. (General Contact)P.O. Box 10648Arlington, VA 22210ph: 703-647-2700fax: 703-647-2993
John Kerry for President, Inc. (General Contact)P.O. Box 34640Washington, DC 20043ph: 202-712-3000fax: 202-712-3001
Contacts for the CPD Board
Janet H. Brown - Executive Director CPD1200 New Hampshire Ave., NW Suite 445Washington, D.C. 20036Ph 202-872-1020Fax N/A
Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr. - Co-Chair CPD (R)Hogan & Hartson LLP555 Thirteenth St., NWWashington, D.C. 20004Ph 202-637-6501Fax 202-637-5910(E-mail may not be working, feel free to call or use snail-mail.)
Paul G. Kirk, Jr. - Co-Chair CPD (D)Sullivan & Worcester LLPOne Post Office SquareBoston, MA 02109Ph 617-338-2800Fax 617-338-2880
Howard G. Buffett - Board of Directors CPD (General contact at his private company)Buffett Images407 Southmoreland PlaceDecatur, IL 62521Ph 217-428-7058Fax 217-429-0206orBerkshire Hathaway, Inc. (General contact at his dad's company)1440 Kiewit PlazaOmaha, NE 68131Ph 800-786-6426Fax N/A
Rep. Jennifer Dunn (R-WA) - Board of Directors CPD1501 Longworth House Office BuildingWashington, D.C. 20515Ph 202-225-7761Fax 202-225-8673or2737 78th Ave., S.E.Suite 202Mercer Island, WA 98040Ph 206-275-3438Fax 206-275-3437
Antonia Hernandez - Board of Directors CPDPresident, California Community Foundation445 S. Figueroa St.Suite 3400Los Angeles, CA 90071Ph 213-413-4130Fax 213-622-2979
Caroline Kennedy - Board of Directors CPD (General contact JFK Foundation)The Kennedy FoundationColumbia PointBoston, MA 02125Ph 617-514-1550Fax 617-436-3395
Newton N. Minow - Board of Directors CPDSidley Austin Brown & Wood LLP10 S. Dearborn St.Chicago, IL 60603Ph 312-853-7555Fax 312-853-7036
Dorothy S. Ridings - Board of Directors CPD (General contact COF)President, Council on Foundations1828 L Street, NWWashington, D.C. 20036Ph 202-466-6512Fax 202-785-3926
H. Patrick Swygert - Board of Directors CPDPresident, Howard University2400 Sixth St, NWWashington, D.C. 20059Ph 202-806-2500Fax N/A
Dear Commission on Presidential Debates,
Are you becoming frustrated with the rules, conditions, and stipulations being demanded of your organization by the Republican and Democratic Parties?
Has it become frustrating to deal with two candidates that apparently don't want a "real" debate, but heavily scripted pre-planned game show?
Then please consider allowing Michael Badnarik the Libertarian candidate for president into your presidential debates. In addition to being on the ballot in more states than any other third party candidate, being a part of the best organized alternative political party in the United States, running alongside hundreds of other libertarian candidates from coast to coast, and being the only true small government choice for president this election he would require NO SPECIAL CONDITIONS to participate.
Please let me repeat that and make this statement even clearer. Michael Badnarik would NOT insist on or require any specials rules, stipulations, or conditions before agreeing to participate in your debates. Michael Badnarik is a political candidate that desires to participate in the debate as an honest citizen, candidate, and human being that simply wants to share and defend his positions on the issues facing this nation and world. His sole desire is to present his honest opinions, feelings, and desires with the nation and the other candidates.
Unlike the other political parties that are wrangling with your organization over a wide range of demanded rules and specifications for the debate...
Michael Badnarik is not scared to be asked any question.
Michael Badnarik is not scared to comment on any topic that might come up.
Michael Badnarik is not scared of any other candidate that might be participating.
Because Michael Badnarik does not fear having to tell the truth about any issue, and is willing to do so frankly and in a moments notice!
The other candidates apparently don't feel safe or competent without a long list of rules being followed in the hope that they will not be pushed out of their "comfort zone".
Michael Badnarik understands in a debate there should be no such thing as such a "comfort zone" and that the voters of this nation deserve a real debate where there should be no such stipulations that transform a much needed passionate debate into a scripted meaningless talk.
If you would like to have a fresh voice and a new burst of energy added to the debates then please invite Michael Badnarik to participate. The Republicans and Democrats are asking for many proposed new rules and stipulations for YOUR debates. Why not in response change one of YOUR rules and allow Michael Badnarik to participate and give them a clear message that you desire this years debate to be truly meaningful, and YOU are in charge of the event.
If the Republicans and Democrats are trying to push your organization around then please consider giving them a surprise, and the citizens of this nation the opportunity to hear from the most refreshing and courageous candidate Michael Badnarik.
Sincerely,YOUR NAME,CITY, STATE
By the way if you haven't noticed the campaign's new site is up tonight! Check it out.
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