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    #3293042 - 10/29/04 10:41 AM (13 years, 7 months ago)

This was on the front page of www.yahoo.com


Libertarians Targeting Swing States

Thu Oct 28, 8:42 PM ET

By EMILY FREDRIX, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON - He's on more ballots than Ralph Nader (news - web
sites), but few people know him. Depending on how the presidential
election goes this year, they might not even bother to learn
Libertarian Michael Badnarik's name.

Instead some might just call him ? "spoiler."

Because he's on nearly all the ballots ? with the exceptions of
Oklahoma and New Hampshire ? Badnarik could siphon enough votes from
either President Bush (news - web sites) or Democrat John Kerry
(news - web sites) to shift the outcome in a swing state.

That's exactly what the Libertarians want. They've focused their
efforts and advertisements on two states ? New Mexico and Nevada,
where competition between the two main candidates is tight.

"We were looking for battleground states. We were looking for states
where we could make the margin of difference one way or the other,"
operations director Geoffrey Neale said Thursday.

Like independent candidate Nader, the Libertarians want to draw
attention to third parties and show how the current system
reinforces a two-party model of government.

"We're doing it to basically say that's how third parties need to
make their point, espcecially in states where the race is close,"
Neale said.

Badnarik, 50, a computer programmer from Austin, Texas, is the
fourth Libertarian to be on a presidential ballot. The party's
candidate in 2000, Harry Browne (news - web sites), garnered about
350,000 votes, with his strongest showing in Georgia, where he
earned 2 percent of the vote. In the 2002 election, more than 4
million ballots were cast for Libertarian candidates around the

Libertarians believe in the idea of "self-ownership" ? a concept
that means a person owns his body, liberty and property and can do
as he pleases as long as that doesn't interfere with others.

Their focus on economic freedoms could attract some votes away from
Bush, but Republican National Committee (news - web sites) spokesman
Jim Dyke said the GOP isn't concerned.

"People who believe in empowering themselves, keeping more of their
own money, making decisions about their health care will be voting
for President Bush," Dyke said.

Bullshit!!!!!! Bush has expanded the federal government and like all
other presidents in recent memory has put forth a budget that
spends MORE money than the federal government takes in. This whole
myth that the Republicans are for small government is such a crock.

Democrats wouldn't mind some of Bush's votes going to Badnarik, said
Democratic National Committee (news - web sites) spokesman Tony

"Look, if conservatives feel that they cannot in good conscience
vote for Bush and want to consider Badnarik," that's their business,
Welch said.

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