[announce] Missouri LP to Robin Carnahan: It's a Bit Early to Be Breaking Promises
Official Missouri Libertarian Party Announcements
announce at lpmo.org
Sun Oct 3 23:50:33 CDT 2010
Cisse Spragins, Ph.D.
Cell: 612 309 9232
Email: chair at lpmo.org
*Missouri Libertarian Party to Robin Carnahan: It's a Bit Early to Be
The Missouri LP criticizes Kansas City Public Television and the Carnahan
and Blunt Campaigns for excluding the Libertarian candidate, Jonathan Dine,
from its October 14th US Senate Debate.
In late July, Ms Carnahan issued a press release stating that she wanted to
have three televised debates which included all U.S. Senate candidates on
the ballot. She then followed up this statement by sending letters to all
U.S. Senate candidates on the four recognized parties' primary ballots
inviting them to debate “should they prevail in their respective primaries”.
However, the only televised debate scheduled to date will be hosted by
Kansas City Public Television (KCPT) on Oct 14th and will exclude the
Libertarian candidate, Jonathan Dine, as well as the Constitution Party
candidate. KCPT cites its “criteria” for inclusion in the debate but has yet
to cite any basis or justification for its criteria.
“It is disappointing that Ms. Carnahan publicly made a promise and has
already broken that promise,” noted Dr. Cisse Spragins, Missouri LP chair.
“As Secretary of State, one of Ms. Carnahan's duties is to insure fair and
open elections. Missouri law has specific criteria that parties and
candidates must meet to be “recognized political parties” and included on
the ballot. To see our Secretary of State and a *public* television station
practice *de facto* censorship of legally ballot-qualified candidates is
“Recent polls indicate that 29% of Missourians identify themselves as
neither Democrat nor Republican, and 26% of voters have not decided to
support Blunt or Carnahan. In light of this strong interest in alternative
voices, exclusion of all but the two older party candidates is highly
inappropriate,” Spragins noted.
Voters who are Fed Up! with bailouts, stimulus plans that only stimulate
bigger government, government takeover of health care, rising unemployment,
never-ending foreign wars, and a big brother police state will find common
ground with the Libertarian Party. The Libertarian Party is America's third
largest political party and has been fighting for smaller government since
1971. The Missouri Libertarian Party has been a recognized party in the
State, with continuous ballot access since 1992. For further information
visit www.lpmo.org or call 877-Vote-4-Us.
Cisse W. Spragins, Ph.D.
Chair, Missouri Libertarian Party
Cell: 612 309 9232
"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the
argument of tyrants, it is the creed of slaves." --William Pitt, speech to
the House of Commons.
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