Debate Badnarik

Wednesday, October 27, 2004


You are a Precinct Captain, give Michael FIVE.

Your efforts on behalf of MB to date have been fantastic. Can you go for one more task? Give Michael FIVE for all his hard work. Five more voters that is.

Treat this as precinct work. Wherever you go and everyone you see up until election day is in your precinct. Convince everyone you can to vote Badnarik. There are still many undecided voters and plenty who are not comfortable voting for Bush or Kerry. All these voters are looking for is one good reason to NOT vote Bush or Kerry, and to make the decision easy for them we have created a list of 100 reasons why Badnarik is the better choice.

Print off this list and pass it around to friends, family and co-workers. Tack it up everywhere you go and on every bulletin board you see. At work, school, the grocery store, Laundromat, anywhere you can legally paste it, do so. E-mail the list to everyone you know. We need to generate as many votes as possible to make a strong showing that can not be ignored on election day.

Again be your own precinct captain. Approach everyone you see and share your enthusiasm for Michael Badnarik and his message of smaller government, lower taxes and more freedom. Everything you do today builds toward a better future for all of us.

Give Michael FIVE!

Gary Feezel & the DebateBadnarik Team

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Tuesday, October 26, 2004


It's crunch time, give Michael five

With a week to go everyone needs to become a precinct captain. For the next week everywhere you go and everyone you see is in your precinct. Get out there and work your precinct to get five more votes for Michael Badnarik! If you've already got people convinced to vote Libertarian, fantastic. Now go get five more. Never say die, people are looking for someone to believe in, they just need you to convince them. Give them a reason, and give Michael Badnarik five more votes!

We'll be posting a list of top reasons to vote for Michael for you to pass on. What reason are you using? Let us know.

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Friday, October 15, 2004


Final CNN Report



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Editor: As originally reported on the Badnarik forum: http://badnarik.org/supporters/forum/viewtopic.php?t=88&start=0&postdays=0&postorder=asc&highlight=
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Well it's over. Things went worse and better than I expected. Never before have I been as fired up as I was yesterday; as well as completely alone.

CNN did come. Because of various uncontrollable circumstances, no other Libertarian could make it. So I stood alone against the crowd of Republicans, and a few Democrats, mostly driving by, sneering at both the Republicans and me, holding my yard sign high, and spreading the Libertarian message with everyone that passed by, for over an hour straight.

It is interesting the responses that I got from the Democrats. I've never seen so much venom, spite, and pure rage, directed towards anyone who did not agree with them, in my life. It was very saddening that, while Kerry touts himself now as a great unifier, his followers indeed have no interest in unification. They are simply greedy for political power, from what I saw yesterday.

To be fair I did get one decent response from a Democrat. He was a construction worker and seemed like a decent fellow. He would pace up and down doing his work with a Kerry sign taped to his back.

The response from the Republicans was one of wariness. They weren't mean and, with the exception of one person, they were glad I was there; many went as far as to thank me for being there. Many told me, as I walked around and through them, that they would vote for Badnarik if they thought he could win.

And that brings me to the next part. Everyone seemed very focused on winning. While I stood there and called for an end to property taxes, finance reforms, supporting our troops by bringing them home immediatly, ad nauseum, the Republicans only chanted "four more years, four more years, ... " and tried to get people to "... honk for Bush". Hardly anyone seemed to care about the real issues that matter. The idea I received was to get Bush back in office and then let him do all the thinking; he'll take care of the hard work and leave us to more entertaining aspects of life.

A truly sad moment came when I realized that Bush and Kerry, or the Republicans and Democrats respectively, are only in office because people don't want to care for their country: they just want to get this damn election thing over with as quickly as possible, so that they can get back to their "lives": and that I wasn't just making things seem like that before; that the whole nightmare was real!

The most important part of the day was not getting on the camera, they took time to give me an exclusive not just a background shot, but it was having serious discussions with people driving by and walking by. I received a lot of support from bystanders and many promises to vote for Badnarik this election from people who had never heard of him.

I further showed everyone that, even if there is only one person to stand up and share the truth, that a libertarian is willing to be that one person, despite being all adversity, to get the right things done and to say "I will fight for your rights and your freedom, even if you are not willing to do the same for me."

Originally posted by Michael Christenson at http://unstableman.blogspot.com/2004/10/final-cnn-report.html
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Final CNN Report



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Editor: As originally reported on the Badnarik forum: http://badnarik.org/supporters/forum/viewtopic.php?t=88&start=0&postdays=0&postorder=asc&highlight=
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Well it's over. Things went worse and better than I expected. Never before have I been as fired up as I was yesterday; as well as completely alone.

CNN did come. Because of various uncontrollable circumstances, no other Libertarian could make it. So I stood alone against the crowd of Republicans, and a few Democrats, mostly driving by, sneering at both the Republicans and me, holding my yard sign high, and spreading the Libertarian message with everyone that passed by, for over an hour straight.

It is interesting the responses that I got from the Democrats. I've never seen so much venom, spite, and pure rage, directed towards anyone who did not agree with them, in my life. It was very saddening that, while Kerry touts himself now as a great unifier, his followers indeed have no interest in unification. They are simply greedy for political power, from what I saw yesterday.

To be fair I did get one decent response from a Democrat. He was a construction worker and seemed like a decent fellow. He would pace up and down doing his work with a Kerry sign taped to his back.

The response from the Republicans was one of wariness. They weren't mean and, with the exception of one person, they were glad I was there; many went as far as to thank me for being there. Many told me, as I walked around and through them, that they would vote for Badnarik if they thought he could win.

And that brings me to the next part. Everyone seemed very focused on winning. While I stood there and called for an end to property taxes, finance reforms, supporting our troops by bringing them home immediatly, ad nauseum, the Republicans only chanted "four more years, four more years, ... " and tried to get people to "... honk for Bush". Hardly anyone seemed to care about the real issues that matter. The idea I received was to get Bush back in office and then let him do all the thinking; he'll take care of the hard work and leave us to more entertaining aspects of life.

A truly sad moment came when I realized that Bush and Kerry, or the Republicans and Democrats respectively, are only in office because people don't want to care for their country: they just want to get this damn election thing over with as quickly as possible, so that they can get back to their "lives": and that I wasn't just making things seem like that before; that the whole nightmare was real!

The most important part of the day was not getting on the camera, they took time to give me an exclusive not just a background shot, but it was having serious discussions with people driving by and walking by. I received a lot of support from bystanders and many promises to vote for Badnarik this election from people who had never heard of him.

I further showed everyone that, even if there is only one person to stand up and share the truth, that a libertarian is willing to be that one person, despite being all adversity, to get the right things done and to say "I will fight for your rights and your freedom, even if you are not willing to do the same for me."

Originally posted by Michael Christenson at http://unstableman.blogspot.com/2004/10/final-cnn-report.html

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Wednesday, October 13, 2004


Kick the dust off those feet...


We may have not gotten Badnarik into the debates yet, but we still have time to bring some attention to the matter.

Details here.

Michael Christenson
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One court battle tied... but the war is far from over


If you haven't learned yet, the AZLP lost the court battle over the injunction; although they did say we could sue for damages. It comes down to the fact that both Bush and Kerry said that if the injunction were placed on the debate, that they would not debate at all, thus leaving only Badnarik on the stage of the debate. the court said that it found the debate to have some educational value, (sick), so they did not want to halt them based on the formentioned.

Now that is, to me an acknowledgment that we are right, but we aren't going to have the injunction granted because the other people refused to debate us.

You can read it as you seem fit to.

One final note. We are not going to stop this battle; even if it whittles down to a skeleton crew again. Here is why.

We've all worked very hard, and I feel, as I've described previous over the phone with William, and through various emails, that we are just starting. This is a long term project. We have to keep working at this for future campaigns.

Think of it this way Gents, remember the earlier complaints that we didn't have time to implement everything we wanted to do, and that we wish we had gotten started earlier? Well we have more time granted to us; not for this election, but for the next one.

If we've done this much in so little time, just think of what we can do with 2-4 years! We have our foot in the door, and all we need to do is get a crowbar in there to help us pry it open more. We are opening the door for future campaigns.

In the spirit of the words of one of forefathers (Sam or John Adams[?]), we are fighting this battle so that the next group can get in the debates, so that the group after can win them and get into the main offices, so that future generations or Americans can enjoy the freedoms without having to do as we are doing today.

Let's keep this fight going, so that it is only we that will have to suffer this hard, so that it is easier for future libertarians, and liberty fighters, to follow after.

Michael Christenson II
m3talsmith@mac.com
m3talsmith@gmail.com
cell: 269-591-0931
http://debatebadnarik.blogspot.com/
http://badnarik.org/supporters/forum/

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Tuesday, October 12, 2004


Keep Pushin'

As I write this we are awaiting the results from the pending court case in Arizona. Anticipation is extremely high and it is difficult to get onto the campaign blog, where I assume the news will be posted before any news source would pick it up. The results of this case shouldn't determine our actions though. Certainly a positive outcome is desired but even with that we can't rest on this one victory, and a negative outcome means we need to work that much harder.

Having a day off of work (in part to watch for the results) I decided to try a little experiment. My media e-mail list has grown to nearly 400 contacts now so this morning I sent a shotgun e-mail to all of them asking a simple question. "Why doesn't the media cover third party candidates?" I may have bit off more than I can chew, but I hope this will begin a dialogue and grease the wheels to get a Letter to the Editor published by everyone who replies.

LTE's seem to be our best bet at getting exposure for Michael Badnarik and has been the most successful aspect of this entire activist effort. Jason of our team has had 13 or 14 letters published, I've had 8 recently, as noted in the post below Michael has a good dialogue going, and there have been dozens more among the other activists.

No matter what your approach it is obviously up to us to spread the word about Michael Badnarik. Time is short, get letters submitted now so we get as much exposure as possible before the election. Keep pushin'.

Gary Feezel

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Monday, October 11, 2004


Write the NY Sun and tell them what you think! Here's an example letter I wrote them: mailto:editor@nysun.com :
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Dear Editor,

I am writing in regards to your latest report entitled "Libertarians Win a Hearing in Debate Case".

I just wanted to thank your paper for having the guts to report on this issue in which, until recently, there has been a fairly broad media blackout on this subject. While I know it is hard to stand out from your peers and report on the ignored issues, it is vital that such reports are made so that the American public at large has a chance to learn about all the issues that matter, in regards to helping run this government, and I thank you for doing so. I look forward to more reports from your paper.

With well deserved respect,
Michael Christenson II
Edwardsburg, Mich.
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Here's the reply I've received:

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Dear Mr. Christenson:

For our records, could you possibly provide us with your address and
telephone number so that we can consider your letter for publication?
We will not disclose the details.

Thank you.

Cordially,

M. Tumin
Asst. Edit Page Ed.
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Want to see more media coverage for Badnarik and third parties? We absolutely must thank the media that does cover us. They're sticking their necks out for us and we should reward and encourage more of it.

Keep it up everyone!


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Tuesday, October 05, 2004


We have been asking a lot of you lately. But the fact of the matter is that there is a lot to be done, and only a short period of time to get it accomplished. However, if we all work together and do our part as individuals we can help push Badnarik into the debates.

Tonight you have three tasks. They are short, simple, and to the point.

1) Contact the director of the Commission on Presidential Debates and let her know that Michael Badnarik deserves to be included in the debates! Write the most articulate letter you can, but please remember to be respectful, polite, and courteous at the same time. But don't forget to get your message across!

Janet H. Brown
1200 New Hampshire Ave., NWSuite 445 Washington, D.C., 20036 MAP
Executive Director CPD

Phone: 202-872-1020 Fax: N/A E-mail: jb@debates.org

2) Send an email to the directors of the "Open Debates" that have decided against their name sake to exclude Michael Badnarik from their debate. Remember to be polite, respectful, and courteous. But please remember to mention that: by excluding third party candidates they are making the mistake of becoming no different than the CPD, they are insuring that the public will not be fully informed about their choices at the ballot box, and that they are pushing any many potential supporters of their organization. And don't forget to mention once again that Badnarik is on the ballot in more states than any other third party candidate!

The email addresses are:

Greg Farah gfarah@opendebates.org and Chris Shaw cshaw@opendebates.org

3) The third item this evening is to contact Washington University Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton whose university will be hosting the second presidential debate. Please let him know that you are personally offended that his university is hosting a debate that is unfairly excluding third party candidates. Please stress that a place of higher learning such as a university should have higher standards than hosting a debate in which certain candidates and viewpoints are not allowed. Again, please mention that Badnarik is the top third party candidate this election and is on the ballot in more states than Nader or any other. Also, please stress that Michael Badnarik is the ONLY small government candidate running this election, and his exclusion from the debates will mean only BIG GOVERNMENT voices will be heard. His contact info is as follows:

(Again, please be respectful, courteous, and polite!)

Washington University in St. LouisMark S. Wrighton, Chancellor
N. Brookings 228 St. Louis, MO 63130 MAP

Phone: 314-935-5100 Fax: 314-935-4744 E-mail: wrighton@wustl.edu

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Here are three objectives that should not take more than 15 minutes or so of your time. Please contact each of the above individuals by as many methods as possible (email, fax, phone, letter, etc.)

Thanks for participating and helping to push Michael Badnarik into the debates! The more pressure we apply RIGHT NOW the more likely we will get into AT LEAST the final debate that Arizona LP has filed an injunction to HALT unless Michael Badnarik is allowed to participate!

Now, please start making those contacts! Thanks so much!


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Open Debate Topic


I'm opening this topic so that we can post all open debate actions here, and be automatically notified via email.

If you want notified of any actions please subscribe to this thread; either posting a response in here or subscribing to it.

Anyone have some discussions on how to help us get in the debates quicker? Post here!

Michael Christenson

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Monday, October 04, 2004


Activist Alert for 10/5/04

We are going to make this one simple and we need everyone to participate. We've devoted a lot of time and effort promoting not just Michael Badnarik, but OpenDebates.org. A debate sponsored by OpenDebates would get national media attention and potentially catapult Michael Badnarik into the national spotlight and then to the much desired match up with Bush and Kerry.

Aside from our own desires, OpenDebates is presently the best hope for changing one aspect of our political system. However if they do not produce a debate in this election cycle they could loose all credibility and create a major set-back for those who seek reform. With this in mind we need to petition OpenDebates once again to commission a new poll and see if there isn't sufficient desire among the voting public for real debates now that we've seen the sorry results of scripted debates. Use the sample letter below, or write your own and send it to the leaders of OpenDebate.org. Their next scheduled debate is on Monday, October 11th so there is plenty of time to conduct a poll if we act now.


Contacts:

To: George Farah
bcc: (all other OpenDebates e-mails)cshaw@opendebates.org;info@fairvote.org;info@crp.org;
rrobinson@transafricaforum.org;info@freecongress.org;
webmaster@theamericancause.org;hanson@law.harvard.edu;
raskin@wcl.american.edu


George Farah
Executive Director, Open Debates and Citizens Debate Commision
529 14th St. NW
Suite 1201
Washington, DC 20045
Ph 202-628-9195
Fax 202-628-9196


Christopher Shaw
Organizing Director, Open Debates
(See contact info above)

Board of Directors:

John B. Anderson
Chairman, Center for Voting and Democracy
6930 Carroll Ave, Suite 610
Takoma Park, MD 20912
Ph 301-270-4616
Fax 301-270-4133

Larry Noble
Executive Director, Center for Responsive Politics
1101 14th St., NW
Suite 1030
Washington, DC 20005
Ph 202-857-0044
Fax 202-857-7809

Randall Robinson
Founder, TransAfrica Forum
1426 21st Street, NW, 2nd Floor
Washington DC 20036
Ph 202-223-1960
Fax 202-223-1966

Paul Weyrich
Chairman, Free Congress Foundation
Free Congress Foundation
717 Second Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
Ph 202-546-3000
Fax 202-543-5605

Angela "Bay" Buchanan
President, The American Cause
501 Church St. Suite 217
Vienna, VA 22180
Ph 703-255-2632
Fax 703-255-2219

Jon Hanson
Harvard Law Professor
403 Griswold Hall
1525 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
Ph 617-496-5207
Fax 617-496-5156

Jamin B. Raskin
American University Law Professor
4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20016
Ph 202-274-4011
Fax N/A


Sample Letter:


Dear Open Debates,

While your decision to exclude most third party candidates from your previous debates was disappointing, your insistence on maintaining your organization's integrity is admirable. That being said, if you hold no debates in this election cycle your entire effort goes to waste and the reason for the existence of your organization is moot.

We once again ask that you consider commissioning a new poll to check the opinion of voters now that they have had the experience of a CPD "debate." We think you would find attitudes much changed as evidenced by the large number of editorials across the country recognizing the scripted nature of the recent event in Miami.

The Appleseed Citizen's Task Force which provided the blueprint you are following recommends the polling you are using, and even suggests the precise wording for that poll, it does not however have requirements for the timing, frequency or intervals of polls. Even the CPD criteria provide for re-sampling after debates thus allowing for participants to be added or removed according to the demands of the voting public.

Your project could result in a new paradigm for future elections but you must demonstrate that it can work in the public's best interest. If you are able to produce an open and honest debate in this election cycle you will come back in a position of strength in the next cycle and the positive change to our political process will be profound. Please commission an updated poll and show the American public what a real debate is.



YOUR NAME,

CITY, STATE
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You have other choices


I've been very concerned about the outlook lately of the current election year. Many are touting Bush and Kerry for president as our only real choices. The Bush camp, because they claim Kerry won't care about our defense, or will somehow make worse decisions than Bush on the war on terror, not to mention the flip flop excuse: the Kerry camp, because they claim Bush has made an atrocity out of the current situation, and shows no sign of improving in the future.

Sadly enough, they are both right about many things. But they do not take time to look in the mirror while making accusations.

  • Both of them have been doing a bad job in handling current affairs; Bush in the White House and Kerry in Congress.

  • Both will continue to do a horrible in defense of our country; as long preemptive strikes are the rule in defense, or the philosophy of the best defense is an offense, thus justifying our advances towards a warmonger nation, then we will never have our real defenses built up to protect ourselves; unless time is spent building actual defenses then we are still as weak as before, we are simply more of a bully than before; we cannot eradicate all of our enemies by simply destroying them, in the process we will make more and then have to destroy them, deplete the population more, advance our justifications, and repeat the cycle.

  • Both of them flip flop on their opinions and their decisions: for instance Bush on the 9/11 commission, which is scary because this was looking directly into how well our nation handles national emergencies such as 9/11; he was first against it, not wanting any questioning of his administrations job performance, then for it after political pressures had their way: and Kerry's decisions on the war on Iraq, again scary because American and Iraqi lives were and are at stake; first to allow the president to have the power to go to war if no other option was available, then against the 87 billion to provide our troops with protective equipment; although to be fair here, only about 60 billion of that was to go towards our troops, the rest was a blank check for whatever may arise: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/D?c108:6:./temp/~c108Y9WOwl::.

    And in fact, many senators opposed this bill in it's first form, mostly republican, because it had no method of accountability with it's contractors, and there was concern that they may abuse the funds. Kerry in fact was one of many that proposed amendments to the bill. This is the normal process for bills. Would you want a bill sent through without careful concern about certain parts, and a slew of congressmen (and woman) going through it with a fine tooth comb? Enough said.

  • Both of them, given their current track record and campaign promises, will do worse in handling the current situation, and will continue to pursue atrocities against US citizens and foreign citizens: both should be dragged in front of a humans right court and tried for innumerable human rights violations.



And unfortunately this is not an exhaustive list of our bleak future under the rule of either administrations. For example, they both support the Patriot Act, this act that has been ruled unconstitutional by federal and supreme courts several times! And how exactly is Kerry or Bush going to improve our nation by keeping status quo? What makes one better than the other if they both have the same plans for our future?

The definition for insanity, is extreme folly or unreasonableness. In my view this is exactly what would describe the actions of Bush and Kerry, and anyone willing to vote for such acts should be described in like manner.

So assume that your still reading this, and have not been offended yet by my words, or perhaps you agree with me, where do we go from here? We go to the third parties, such as Libertarian Michael Badnarik, et cetera.

"But I don't know anything about them" you say. Well that's a valid response, one in which I have one solution. Allow those with a mathematical chance of winning to debate in the accepted public forums! Give them a chance to give their opinions to a candid world (so to speak) and let them choose, with full information, whom they would like for a president!

If you're still with me I would like to ask you to visit a few sites in which we are trying to put this in place. Please visit the BADNARIK and Open Debates movement. Also take a chance to view this live third party debate to see how useful this can be.

posted also on http://unstableman.blogspot.com/2004/10/another-choice.html

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Sunday, October 03, 2004


Activist Alert for 10/4/04

Today we need to make a little change and become the DebateCampagna Team. As you may know our vice presidential candidate Richard Campagna will be debating all the other third party VP candidates Tuesday, Oct. 5th in Cleveland, OH. Now we all need to let the national media and our good friend George Farah of OpenDebates.org (we're not done with them) know that there are Real Debates going on in spite of them. The official press release is posted on our website, so copy it, and paste it in an e-mail to George Farah & Chris Shaw, then bcc: the following list of media contacts. Spread the word folks, spread the word. And please continue to post to those outside blogs. We are the Badnarik/Campagna national broadcasting network!

Official Press Release

To: George Farah & Chris Shaw of OpenDebates.org

bcc: (paste in the following list)

info@ap.org,bkalbfeld@ap.org,nationalnews@herald.com,jkrauter@bradentonherald.com,
mstewart@tallahassee.com,rrankin@krwashington.com,bsecter@tribune.com,
metro@suntimes.com,oreilly@foxnews.com,comments@foxnews.com,world@msnbc.com,
pressreleases@upi.com,editor@reuters.com,netaudr@abc.com,evening@cbsnews.com,
ftn@cbsnews.com,cnn.feedback@cnn.com,journal@c-span.org,events@c-span.org,nightly@nbc.com,
newshour@pbs.org,Steve.Jones@abc.com,bobm@usaradio.com,web@pacifica.org,
ombudsman@npr.org,publicaffairs@voa.gov,info@cnbc.com,today@nbc.com,
national@latimes.com,national@nytimes.com,editor@usatoday.com,
nywireroom@dowjones.com,ombudsman@washpost.com,copelandp@shns.com,mzadrima@gannett.com,
clewis@hearst.com,news@worldnetdaily.com,national@sptimes.com,alambiet@sun-sentinel.com,
ahellmuth@orlandosentinel.com,WWhitt@tampatrib.com,cbhanif@pbpost.com,
steve.cotter@jacksonville.com,diane.tennant@heraldtribune.com,press@bastapinoy.com,
kkennedy@bocanews.com,cnews@gate.net,news@cggazette.com,editor@waterfront-news.com,
southflorida@bizjournals.com,Jean.Carey@miaminewtimes.com,ttuell@keysnews.com,
troy.moore@news-jrnl.com,cmcross@news-press.com,whblanton@naplesnews.com,
newsroom@evergladesecho.com,
news@orlando-times.com,ccarnevale@pbdailynews.com,
editorial@baileypub.com,peter.guinta@staugustinerecord.com,Mark.Tomasik@scripps.com,
pnroghaar@wptv.com,levinej@gvillesun.com,okeenews@okeechobee.com,
tom.mcniff@starbanner.com,news@pensacolanewsjournal.com,
lenore.devore@theledger.com,newstips@wfts.com,tsmith@local6.com,news@studlife.com,
DBcontactmade@yahoo.com,kevin_delany@westwoodone.com,ktvinews@foxtv.com,
news@ksdk.com,pressrelease@kmov.com,kcnews@thekansascitychannel.com,
newsdesk@kctv5.com,newstips@nbcactionnews.com,news@wdaftv4.com

Thank you for participating,
Gary Feezel
DebateCampagna Team

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Saturday, October 02, 2004


Activist Alert for 10/3/04

We all need to reach out to those still undecided voters and even those who aren't comfortable with Bush or Kerry being the choice they may have made. We need to get on outside blogs and forums and drop a positive comment about Michael Badnarik, his policies, and the Libertarian Party wherever appropriate. Below we have listed a variety of popular political blogs that we should start to troll. The list is split up according to liberal (D), conservative (R) and non-partisan leanings. We have also provided a short list of talking points for you to base your comments on. If we all check a few blogs each, make comments and even reinforce comments made by other supporters we could stimulate a little interest in Michael Badanrik and his campaign. You are also encouraged to continue submitting Letters to the Editor, and forwarding Press Releases issued by the Badnarik campaign to your local media and the list of national media posted below in the 9/28/04 alert.

The media blackout continues so it is left to us to bring Michael Badnarik's message to the masses.

Actions to take today:

1) Work the blogs suggested with the talking points (all listed below).
2) Submit Letters to the Editor.
3) Forward Press Releases.
4) Contribute to the Michael Badnarik Campaign.

Talking points:

1) Bush & Kerry's fear of debating him.
2) He is the most viable third party candidate & on most ballots.
3) The lawsuit to stop the third debate.
4) Mention his socially liberal and fiscally conservative policies (where appropriate).
5) Refer to the Michael Badnarik website and blog.

Popular high-traffic blogs:

Daily Kos (D)
Political Animal (D)
Matthew Yglesias (D)
Talk Left (D)
Counterspin Central (D)
Digby's Hullabaloo (D)

Little Green Footballs (R)
Vodka Pundit (R)
Right Wing News (R)
Truth Laid Bear (R)
The Indepundit (R)
Wizbang (R)
Right Thinking Left Coast (R)

Slashdot
US Politics Online
Vox Day

This is not an endorsement of any of these blogs and we have no affiliation with any of them. They were selected based on their traffic volume and reader participation. If you have other blogs to suggest contact us.

Gary Feezel
DebateBadnarik Team
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Activist Update

With the first two REAL DEBATES (Badnarik vs. Cobb) and the first CPD bipartisan interview production and candidate review having been staged it's time we assess what we have accomplished, and what we need to do moving forward.

Despite the fact that Michael Badnarik has yet to debate the duopoly the DebateBadnarik movement has in fact been successful. The original goal of 100 activists was attained, with many others pitching in on an individual basis. While it is impossible to nail down an exact figure we have easily made well over 10,000 contacts, and had dozens of "Letters to the Editor" published across the country. If you add up the circulation numbers of the newpapers that published our letters the exposure runs into the millions of readers. It is hard to claim direct responsibility but over the last week opinion pages and columnists have echoed our view that the CPD "debates" are a sham. I like to think that the letters you activists sent to the editors influenced their writing.

Another small victory was in live contacts some of you made. One activist spoke directly with Janet Brown of the CPD, others were able to get through to people in influential positions and were able to make their point with those that control the political process. We were able to gain the attention and get a response from many of those we contacted, some even begging to be left alone. Part of our original intent was to get under the skin of the debate cabal. Check that off your list.

We will continue to focus on future debates in this movement. We will always work to get Michael Badnarik into the CPD "debates" despite the odds and in spite of the scripted formats. We will also monitor developments and actions of other groups like the Arizona Libertarians with their lawsuit, and the StLO8.org group and their protest movement at the CPD production scheduled in St. Louis. We will react accordingly to these activities. We will also continue to publicize any debate related appearance of our candidate Michael Badnarik. Stick with it folks, every contact you make heightens awareness of the Badnarik campaign and breaks down resistance to discuss his candidacy. Thank you for your participation to date and please keep working individually and with our activist alerts.

Gary Feezel
DebateBadnarik Team

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