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other candidates: The following are web-sites for specific candidates and parties, listed alphabetically, who will appear on a substantial number of state ballots in this year's election

· harry browne

· pat buchanan

· john hagelin

· ralph nader

· howard phillips

· all candidates & parties

harry browne

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Visitors to Browne's site are greeted with a clear statement of the candidate's libertarian creed: "I am running for president because I want you to be free to live your life as you think it should be to raise your children by your values, not those of some far-off to keep every dollar you earn--and spend it, save it, give it away as you think best..." Elsewhere on the site, visitors can find Browne's stands on specific issues, including: ending the "failed drug war" and freeing all prisoners convicted of non-violent violations of federal drug laws; ending immigration restrictions; and getting the government "completely out of Social Security" and funding private retirement accounts. Fearing "entangling alliances," Browne promises to "bring our troops home" and "see to it that America has a proper defense against any missile attack."

Also on the site, visitors can follow Browne's campaign schedule, watch his television ads, meet his running mate Art Olivier, and read Browne's campaign journal dating back to February 2000.

Extensive quotations from Browne on the issues

Harry Browne on the Newshour with Jim Lehrer (July 5, 2000)

Libertarian Party Home Page

pat buchanan

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In an election characterized by largely centrist positions, Buchanan offers himself as the true alternative. The word "abolish" appears more times on Buchanan's site than perhaps that of any other major candidate. As President, Buchanan promises to: abolish the Department of Education and the Bureau of Land Management; abolish all racial quotas and set-asides; abolish all inheritance and capital gains taxes on family farms; and abolish soft money contributions. Buchanan vows to dismantle the Department of Energy and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and "defund" the National Endowment of the Arts, the National Endowment of the Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. He pledges a trade policy that will "put America and Americans first" and promises to rebuild American military strength.

In addition to these issue positions, visitors to the site can also find a listing of Buchanan's media appearances, full transcripts of major speeches, and a complete library of press releases. One feature--"On the Trail with Pat and Ezola"--offers the only significant mention of Buchanan's running mate, Ezola Foster who, curiously, is rarely mentioned in the dispatches. The site features a short biographical sketch about her and a few quotes, but none of her issue positions, and virtually no press clippings about her.

Official Reform Party Site

Buchanan For President (unofficial)

Pat Buchanan on the Newshour with Jim Lehrer (September 12, 2000)

Salon articles on Buchanan

john hagelin

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Representing a Natural Law Party/Independent Party coalition, John Hagelin and his running mate Nat Goldhaber are running under the twin banners-- "Vote Outside the Box" and "Anything's Possible." The party's platform features a "50 Point Action Plan to Revitalize America." Hagelin, who frequently mentions his credentials as a "quantum physicist," explains the core beliefs of the Natural Law Party on the site: "America's problems are human problems -- crime, drug dependency, domestic violence, even pollution result from a narrowness of vision that fails to comprehend life's essential unity. The only way we can overcome these problems is through the expansion of consciousness -- education that actualizes the full potential of the brain." Under a separate heading, "Life in Accord With Natural Law--The Solution to All Problems," Hagelin explains how "mistakes, sickness, and suffering could be eliminated at their source." In health care, for example, Hagelin proposes to "end America's 'health care crisis'" by "utilizing the profound laws of nature governing the human physiology and the immune system to prevent disease and promote health."

Extensive quotes from John Hagelin on the issues

John Hagelin on the Newshour with Jim Lehrer (August 30, 2000)

Natural Law Party Official Site

ralph nader

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In recent weeks Nader has been accused as acting as a spoiler in the 2000 campaign -- helping Bush by drawing liberal votes away from Gore. He responds, "The impact this effort has on Bush, Gore -- that's their problem. That's not my problem."

"Government of, by, and for the people," the Nader2000 web site promises, "not monied interests." Under the heading, "Why Vote for Ralph?", the site highlights Nader's positions on three issues: campaign finance reform, the need for continued affirmative action, and the elimination of the death penalty. It offers his positions on a number of other issues including decreasing the military's budget, ending the use of nuclear power, ending the drug war, and holding gun manufacturers accountable for their marketing practices. Visitors can watch his campaign videos on "RalphTV" or purchase tickets for the "Super Rallies" that Nader has been holding across the country.

Ralph Nader for President 2000 (Unofficial)

Ralph Nader on the Newshour with Jim Lehrer (June 30, 2000)

"In the Public Interest" (Nader's weekly newspaper column)

Green Party Platform

Association of the State Green Parties

howard phillips

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"Don't waste your vote on George W. Bush," the Phillips2000 site counsels. "A vote for Howard Phillips is an investment in our future." Phillips, formerly the presidential nominee of the US Taxpayers Party, seems pre-occupied with the Republican presidential nominee, offering visitors to his site "Bush Watch" and "Bush Record" sections to track how the Texas governor is "betraying conservatives." Couching his position in an oblique, new millenium twist on George Washington's famous warning to "avoid entangling alliances," Phillips announces his intention to withdraw the US from "treaties or global organizations such as the United Nations, the World Trade Organization, NAFTA, the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund." As a member of the Constitution party, he wants the US to return to the original intentions of the Constituion.

In a section titled "Howard Phillips on the Issues," the candidate needs only a few short paragraphs to explain what he plans to do as president: veto all funding for the IRS; work to replace the income tax with a 25% revenue tariff on imports; repeal the Sixteenth Amendment (federal income tax, adopted in 1913); privatize Social Security; appoint United States Attorneys "to uphold the Constitution and prosecute every abortionist and abortuary in the United States"; end any Federal role in education or the environment; and abolish all welfare programs, among other things.

Extensive quotes from Howard Phillips on the issues

Official Constitution Party Site

all candidates & parties

Project Vote Smart has compiled the nation's most comprehensive database of "all known possible and declared candidates for the office of President of the United States." More than 300 candidates from over 40 different parties are considered here, including anyone who has done one or more of the following: publicly announced his/her candidacy; filed with the FEC, formed an Exploratory Committee, been drafted by others, or otherwise made themselves known to Project Vote Smart. On this special version of Vote Smart's database prepared by the PBS Democracy Project, you can find: biographical profiles, issue positions, voting records, public statements, campaign finance data, contact information and links to the candidates' web sites.

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