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McCain Contradicts 2000 Campaign Pledge

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Last Edited: August 21, 2008, 9:42 pm


McCain in 2000:

"never consider, ever consider, allowing a supporter of [his] to challenge [his opponent]'s right to be on the ballot in all 50 states.''

Political third parties have a very difficult time getting on states' ballots.  The rules are much tougher and they need a lot more signatures than the Reps. or Dems.  It's an unfair system that promotes our current two party debacle. 

Apparently John McCain and the Pennsylvania Republican Party have filed lawsuit to keep the Libertarian candidate for president, Bob Barr, off the ballot in that state. 

http://www.lp.org/news/press-releases/mccain-and-republican-party-try-to-block-barr-from-ballot

The Libertarian Party is America's third largest political party, founded in 1971 as an alternative to the two main political parties.  They should be on all state ballots without having to jump through hoops and pay costly legal fees out of the party's campaign contributions.

Here's a little tip about third party voting...a vote for them is NOT a wasted vote.  Their eligibility to be on your state ballot in the next election cycle is dependent on how high a percent of the vote they receive in this election.   The higher the percentage, the more likely your party will be on the ballot next time.

A vote for the lesser of two evils is still a vote for evil.

Entry #152

Comments

1.
ThinkComment by Think - August 21, 2008, 9:56 pm
As Mel Brooks might say

Don't be stupid
Be a smarty
Go ahead and vote
All third party
2.
JAP69Comment by JAP69 - August 21, 2008, 11:47 pm
Thanks for the article Rick,
I heard many years ago how difficult it is to be put on the ballot ticket.
Just like it has been said. They only want a 2 party ballot.
3.
time*treatComment by time*treat - August 21, 2008, 11:54 pm
The *other* LP. :-)
4.
Rick GComment by Rick G - August 22, 2008, 8:44 am
JAP, here's an example of the difficulty on the local level. IL has a Libertarian candidate trying to get on the ballot for US Senate. His Rep. and Dem. competitors needed less than 1000 petition signatures to get on the ballot...but he has to come up with 10,000 signatures.
5.
JAP69Comment by JAP69 - August 22, 2008, 7:08 pm
I was reading some of the literature at Bob Barrs site.
He is in line with many of my thoughts on what needs to be done in this country.
6.
Rick GComment by Rick G - August 22, 2008, 7:43 pm
John, I agree.
7.
JAP69Comment by JAP69 - August 22, 2008, 8:10 pm
I will tell you this Rick.
If Bob Barr is on the ballot in S.C. election time I would vote for him.
I do not like either one of the 2 primary candidates.
I might just put him in as a write in if not on the ballot.
8.
Rick GComment by Rick G - August 22, 2008, 8:23 pm
John, good news...Bob Barr is on the ballot in SC. He's on 38 state ballots so far.

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