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Oregon’s Dave Brownlow criticizes Obama’s selection of Biden

Earlier this week, the Libertarian Party issued an email criticizing Barack Obama’s selection of Joe Biden as his running mate. Among the reasons given for Biden being a bad choice were his opposition to English as a national language, his support for equal treatment under the law for gun manufacturers (a view former LP presidential candidate Ron Paul shares), and his opposition to energy socialism in ANWR. Now Dave Brownlow, Constitution Party candidate for U.S. Senate in Oregon, has chimed in against Biden, but on a far different set of issues.

“It seems almost inconceivable that a candidate who is running on an anti-war platform would choose as his running mate one of the 77 Senators who voted to drag us into the war in Iraq – a vote that launched what may be the greatest foreign policy blunder in our nation’s history,” says Brownlow of Biden. “Senator Joe Biden’s complicity in the conspiracy to wage a war of aggression against Iraq, as well as his votes to continue funding the occupation, should disqualify from holding any elected office, let alone as Vice President.”

The Libertarian Party, which is supposedly anti-war, failed to criticize Biden’s foreign policy since his views and/or voting history are largely shared by the LP’s presidential ticket.

But Brownlow slams Biden for more than just his pro-war views, saying he is “anti-gun, anti-life, and anti-liberty.”

“When Joe Biden was first elected to the Senate in 1972, the federal budget stood at $230 billion,” Brownlow says. “Today the budget is almost fifteen times higher at $3.2 trillion – with over 80% that spending being unconstitutional. During that same time, our federal debt has soared from $427 billion to over $10 trillion – a nearly 25-fold increase! The record shows that for 35-years Senator Biden has shown little regard for the Constitution he swore an oath to defend.

“Joe Biden’s long tenure in the U.S. Senate is proof that job experience does not translate into wisdom. For Obama to choose him as his running mate turns all the rhetoric of ‘hope’ and ‘change’ into nothing more than a meaningless bumper sticker slogan.”

Brownlow closes his press release by saying the presidential candidate who offers the American people “true change” is the Constitution Party’s Chuck Baldwin.


  1. G.E. G.E. Post author | August 25, 2008

    Notice how Brownlow made an appeal to would-be Obama voters, whereas the LP just alienated them by talking about issues they don’t care about — and alienated the LP members as well by criticizing Biden for sharing libertarian views (and those of Ron Paul) on some issues.

  2. langa langa August 25, 2008

    I completely agree with Brownlow, except for the part where he implies that Biden is responsible for all the bad stuff that’s happened during his Senate tenure. Based on that logic, you could blame Ron Paul for all the bad stuff that’s happened while he’s been in Congress. Other than that, yeah, Biden’s scum.

  3. Trent Hill Trent Hill August 25, 2008

    Funny, I see GE giving more support to CP candidates than LP.

    Baldwin > Barr
    Bird (AIP) > Anyone
    Brownlow > LP Press release

  4. G.E. G.E. Post author | August 25, 2008

    It’s about consistency > contradiction, Trent.

  5. Trent Hill Trent Hill August 25, 2008

    lol. Agreed. So when are you going to join me in the CP?

  6. inDglass inDglass August 25, 2008

    Again, like the LP: Why not go after Biden for supporting the Iraq War, No Child Left Behind, and the Patriot Act?

  7. G.E. G.E. Post author | August 25, 2008

    As soon as it vanquishes 100% of its platform and renames itself the Articles of Confederation Party.

  8. Trent Hill Trent Hill August 25, 2008


    Dont we wish,right? At any rate, I may soon be kicked out of the CP,lol.

  9. Mike Gillis Mike Gillis August 25, 2008

    It’s really odd that the LP email didn’t even MENTION the war or civil liberties/privacy issues.

  10. inDglass inDglass August 25, 2008

    It is not odd considering the record of their own presidential nominee.

  11. Spence Spence August 26, 2008

    That squirrely prick Alan Colmes could have come up with a better statement against Biden than the Gregory. I mean, my god, why is this being so overblown?

  12. Spence Spence August 26, 2008

    Minus the *the. I omitted a four letter word and forgot the extraneous article.

  13. Carol Moore DC Carol Moore DC August 27, 2008

    Since when do libertarians want the state to enforce a national language? Pure rightwing statist nonsense. Who are these people?

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