Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION DEBATES SHOULD INCLUDE ALL VIABLE CANDIDATES
(House of Representatives - July 01, 1999)
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[Pages H5182-H5183] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION DEBATES SHOULD INCLUDE ALL VIABLE CANDIDATES (Mr. TRAFICANT asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.) [[Page H5183]] Mr. TRAFICANT. Mr. Speaker, last November polls in Minnesota said it was a two-man race for governor. Beam me up. Who were they polling? Bullwinkle? Jesse Ventura, the third candidate, actually won due to the debates and quite frankly he is a breath of fresh air in our country. That is the reason, another reason, why I have reintroduced my bill that would require that all presidential debates must include every candidate that has a mathematical chance of winning. They qualify on enough State ballots. They qualify for matching funds. They give the American people a choice, and they make the two major party candidates tell us what they really feel. I yield back Bullwinkle, and I yield back the fact that the Federal Election Commission can do this without my bill. ____________________