CODA press release
9.23.08 Nashville, TN: The Coalition for October Debate Alternatives (CODA) announced today the Presidential Candidate’s Alternative Debate to take place October 6th, in Nashville, Tennessee. The debate is open to all third party candidates for President in the United States as well as the major party nominees. The debate, which is scheduled to take place on the campus of Vanderbilt University on Monday, October 6th will feature several Presidential Candidates who have confirmed attendance including Brad Lyttle of the US Pacifist Party, Charles Jay of the Boston Tea Party, Frank McEnulty of the New American Independence Party and Brian Moore of the Socialist Party. Other candidates who have expressed interest in attending the debate include Gloria LaRiva of the Party for Socialism and Liberation and Chuck Baldwin of the Constitution Party.
The debate, which is being organized by CODA has been in the making for several months and is scheduled to take place on Monday, October 6th at 7:00pm, one day prior to the Presidential Debates which are happening at Belmont University in Nashville on October 7th. CODA says that many of the Presidential candidates have been excluded from attending the Belmont debate.
In a recent release to the press CODA indicated that is was organizing the alternative debate because it believed that voters deserve to hear from all the candidates if they are going to make an informed choice at the ballot box, ” While we want to hear what the major party candidates have to say on issues related to the war, health care, the economy, gas prices, the future direction of the military, civil liberties and the environment, we do not believe that most issues of concern to American voters will be touched by the Democrat-Republican debate. That is why we are organizing an alternative debate so that voters in Nashville, Tennessee and beyond may be informed of all their choices as they participate in America’s electoral process.”
The general public and the media is invited to attend this event, which will begin at 7pm on the campus of Vanderbilt University in Nashville. The moderator for the event will be Bruce Barry, a professor at the Owen School of Management at Vanderbilt.
Chris Lugo, of the Coalition for October Debate Alternatives, said that the Democratic and Republican candidates have also been invited to the event, but have not indicated an interest in attending, “We believe that voters should make a fully informed choice about who they vote for and we do not believe this is possible if they are only hearing from two candidates. We have invited the Barack Obama and John McCain in the interest of fairness, but we are intending to highlight this alternative debate as the most egalitarian possible event by including all the candidates and promoting this as an event to which everyone is invited.”
Presidential Candidate’s Alternative Debate
Monday October 6th
Candidate’s Debate 7:00pm – 9:00pm
for more information contact:
Chris Lugo 615-593-0304 firstname.lastname@example.org
Elizabeth Barger 931-964-2119 email@example.com
Eric Schecter 615-414-4572 firstname.lastname@example.org
Candidate and Moderator:
Bruce Barry (Moderator)
Excerpt: Bruce Barry is Professor of Management and Sociology at Vanderbilt University, where he teaches courses in business ethics, organizational behavior, negotiation, media and politics, and the sociology of media and technology. He writes about business ethics, workplace rights, and public policy issues at the intersection of business and society. His recent book is Speechless: The Erosion of Free Expression in the American Workplace. He has also taught at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Boston Tea Party
Charles Jay for America
1862 S. Scarlet Maple Lane
Elkhart, IN 46514
Excerpt: Charles Jay (born 1960) is the Presidential nominee of the United States Boston Tea Party in the 2008 election. He was the presidential nominee of the Personal Choice Party in the 2004 election. A former member of the U.S. Libertarian Party, he stepped down from the race for the Vice Presidential nomination to the 2004 ballot to run for President under the Personal Choice Party banner. Jay has a B.A. in business from the University of Miami.
Socialist Party USA
Brian Moore for President Committee —
P.O. Box 5742 Spring Hill, Florida 34611
352-686-9936 — email@example.com
Excerpt: The Socialist Party strives to establish a radical democracy that places people’s lives under their own control — a non-racist, classless, feminist socialist society where working people own and control the means of production and distribution through democratically-controlled public agencies; where full employment is realized for everyone who wants to work; where workers have the right to form unions freely, and to strike and engage in other forms of job actions; and where the production of society is used for the benefit of all humanity, not for the private profit of a few.
US Pacifist Party
UNITED STATES PACIFIST PARTY
Excerpt: The United States Pacifist Party (USPP) rejects military force as a means of resolving international disputes. USPP members believe that military force violates the moral principles of the world’s great humanitarian religions and philosophies, and is a “Faustian bargain,” that may achieve short range political objectives, but only at the cost of long-term catastrophe for the human species. They believe that nonviolent resistance, as developed by Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and others, and massive economic aid programs to eliminate poverty worldwide, are appropriate and effective ways to resist aggression and tyranny.
New American Independent Party
Frank McEnulty for President
PO Box 691
Los Alamitos, CA 90720-0691
Excerpt: The current tax code is way too complicated and getting more complicated all the time. My opinion is that the country needs to move towards a simpler, taxation structure to not only make it easier for people to pay their taxes, but also to make it easier to determine when people aren’t paying their fair share. At this time, I also do not believe it is necessary to lower or increase taxes. The current level of tax revenues is fair and necessary given the present needs of the country. I do not believe in increasing taxes for two reasons: First, in the long run, increased taxes are often counterproductive to overall revenue. Second, increased taxes only lead to increased government spending and I believe the Federal Government already has plenty of our money to spend.