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*********** NEWS UPDATE***********

Third Party Candidates Debate

NASHVILLE, TN- I was one of six independent presidential candidates in Nashville for the Alternative Presidential Candidates' Debate. It was held on the campus of Vanderbilt University in Nashville on October 6th, one day prior to the McCain-Obama debate at nearby Belmont University.
Organized by the Coalition for October Debate Alternatives (CODA), the Nashville Peace Coalition, and Vanderbilt Students of Nonviolence, the debate was open to all third party candidates for President in the United States as well as the major party nominees. 
I enjoyed the two and a half hour event, debating with Brad Lyttle of the U.S. Pacifist Party, Charles Jay of the Boston Tea Party, Gloria LaRiva of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, Darrell Castle of the Constitution Party and Brian Moore of the Socialist Party. The moderator for the event was Bruce Barry, a professor at the Owen School of Management at Vanderbilt.

The debate was covered by a number of journalists, including Brent Frazier of New Channel 5 of Nashville. (pictured left)

TIME TO COMPARE & CONTRAST

The primaries are over, many have dropped out, a few of us remain.  While I don't have the deep pockets like my rivals, I'd put my position on the issues up against theirs any day of the week.
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In fact, here is a chart that does just that. If you agree with me, please let me know by helping however you can. Help me get on your state's ballot, donate what you can (even $5 helps!) or just spread the word to your friends and co-workers. 
       
The Issues   McEnulty's View   McCain's View   Obama's View
Taxes    The country needs to move towards a simpler, taxation structure to make it easier for people to pay their taxes, and to determine that everyone is paying their fair share.  
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  Veto any tax increase; worst thing now is to raise taxes.
Require a 3/5 majority vote in Congress to raise taxes.
Tax system is fair; wealthy pay bulk of taxes.
  I'm not bashful about it: wealthy will pay more taxes.
No tax increase if earning under $250K; tax cuts under $75K.
Raise capital gains tax for fairness, not for revenue.
Military    “Walk softly and carry a big stick” I propose that we stick to that advice by greatly reducing our presence overseas and focusing our attention on the defense of our country.
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  Costs will be far greater should we fail in Iraq.
Timetable for withdrawal is a white flag of surrender.
Reducing military presence has never in history won a war.
  The Iraq war has undermined our security.
$2.7 billion each week of Iraq spending is unsustainable.
Get our troops out by the end of 2009.
Healthcare   It is the middle class that is being unfairly burdened with health care costs.  Between the costs of often frivolous liability lawsuits and taking care of large numbers of illegal aliens, the healthcare system is being burdened with a tremendous amount of extra expenses. 
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  Harness market competition for comprehensive reform.
Preserve quality of health care by individual responsibility.
No mandated universal system; no mandated insurance coverage.
  No need to mandate coverage; just let people afford it.
Believes health care is a right, not a privilege for the few.
Tackle insurance companies on reimbursement system.
Gun Control   I believe that further gun control or ownership issues are more properly addressed on the state and local level.
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  Opposes restrictions on assault weapons and ammunition types.
Prosecute criminals, not citizens for gun ownership.
Don't hold gun manufacturers liable for crimes.

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  Respect 2nd Amendment, but local gun bans ok.
Ban semi-automatics, and more possession restrictions.
Ok for states & cities to determine local gun laws.
  
Immigration   I am all for legal immigration which is accomplished in a rational, planned way. The current wave of illegal immigrants are causing a serious strain on our social system.  
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  Deport 2 million illegal immigrants who committed crimes.
Certify border is secure; only then allow guest workers.
Do everything I can to help all immigrants learn English.
  Deporting 12 million people is ridiculous and impractical.
Immigrants are scapegoats for high unemployment rates.
Illegals shouldn't work; but should have path to citizenship.
  Tune in to hear me on Today's Political Landscape. A weekly radio show hosted by Joe Bechtold and me.  We discuss politics and current events.  As always, calls and instant messages are welcome. You can find us here.
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