Barger for US Senate

Official campaign website of Al Barger, 2004 Indiana Libertarian Party candidate for US Senate

"It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man who knows that the law is today, can guess what it will be tomorrow. Law is defined to be a rule of action; but how can that be a rule, which is little known, and less fixed?" - James Madison, Federalist #62

Monday, August 30, 2004

Debate challenge


Hello, my name is Albert Barger. I am the Libertarian Party candidate for US Senate from Indiana. I would like to challenge my electoral opponents Senator Evan Bayh and Marvin Scott to a series of open public debates.

The most basic act of democracy is to have the candidates vying for any public office face each other in public debate on the issues of the day so that voters can make a direct side-by-side comparison. This is exactly what we should do.

To that end, I urge Indiana media outlets, particularly radio and television stations, to offer us this opportunity. It needn’t be anything complicated. Just bring the three candidates into your studio, sit us down and ask us some questions. It needn’t be any trickier than that.

There’s no reason why we couldn’t have a dozen or more discussions or debates all around the state. This would give the public a good chance to find out what the candidates are all about. Sit us down, stand us up, one reporter or a panel, just us in a studio or bring in some average citizens asking questions in a town hall type setting or taking call-in questions on the radio.

It’s all good, and the best thing would probably be some of each. We face critical questions of war and peace, and a multi-trillion dollar federal budget. There’s plenty to talk about.

Now, I know that Senator Bayh is a busy man, a big important senator. However, he has no responsibility more pressing than coming home to face his opponents and explain to our constituents why he should be given another term in this critical position. What has he done to deserve re-election? Enquiring minds want to know, and it will take considerably more than a couple of photo op rallies to find out.

In deference to the senator’s position, I’d be perfectly happy for the media to make initial arrangements with Senator Bayh for when he can show up. I’ll gladly bend to his schedule and show up whenever and wherever he is available. Hopefully, Mr. Scott will be similarly flexible.

Certainly it would be particularly easy for Senator Bayh to do plenty of radio debates. He could absolutely phone those in if need be.

Perhaps the easiest and most personally advantageous and convenient approach would be for Senator Bayh to duck or minimize exposure to his lesser-known opponents, coasting to re-election on name recognition and monetary advantage.

Of course, the voters would be far better served by seeing the candidates stacked up side by side. Therefore, I urge media outlets to offer us this opportunity.

I also urge Hoosier voters to contact the Bayh campaign, and ask him to come out and talk to them.

Al Barger
Libertarian for US Senate

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