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if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man who knows that the law is today, can guess what it will be tomorrow.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

Friday, October 15, 2004

Al's addendum to Scott-Barger joint news release

I've just published a joint news release from the Al Barger and Marvin Scott senate campaigns. Let me add here a few comments on the Indiana US Senate debate situation strictly under my own name:

It's no secret that Evan Bayh is being groomed to run for president. However, if Evan's afraid to have a simple debate with a poli sci professor from Butler and a blogger from the holler, then how's he going to stand up to Iranian mullahs or Kim Jung Il? Those people are FAR worse customers than good Dr Scott or ol' Al.

For my part, I'm ready to debate either of them anytime, anywhere right up until election day. If Evan won't come out to defend his record, I'll be happy to have a forum just with Dr Scott. Heck, we can go to his home turf at Butler. It's all good. Any tv or radio types reading are encouraged to contact Evan, Marvin and me with an offer.

I can understand Evan's Rose Garden strategy. It does not particularly benefit him personally to meet his opponents in debate.

However, I don't understand why the public and the media have been willing to let him completely coast through this election without answering any kind of questions from anyone. He won't meet his opponents in debate. He hasn't done much of any kind of interviews with reporters. He won't even fill out questionnares, not even the main Vote Smart survey.

The senator's press secretary Meg Keck was explaining to the Indianapolis Star last week about wanting a "Lincoln-Douglas" format. Look, I know all about Abe Lincoln, and Senator Bayh is no Abe Lincoln.

Here's my counterproposal for a simple debate format: We go into any tv news room in the state, sit down at their news desk, and let their reporters ask us some questions. Now how hard is that?

Like I said, I'm ready anytime.

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