DEARBORN. Libertarian Party presidential candidate, Harry Browne, will bring his campaign to southeast Michigan early next week, according to campaign press secretary Jim Babka.
"Mr. Browne has accepted an invitation to address the Economic Club of Detroit at a luncheon on Monday, September 25," Babka said, "and will be campaigning and doing media interviews both Monday and Tuesday, September 25 and 26.
The Libertarian presidential candidate will then hold a special rally beginning at 7:00 pm Tuesday evening at the Westin Hotel 1500 Town Center (Northwestern Hwy. Service Drive off of 10 Mile Road) in Southfield where he will meet with supporters and the general public. "We have been sponsoring these free events across the country from Los Angeles to Atlanta," Babka said, "and they draw hundreds of people."
Michigan LP officials expect a large turn out here, as well. "The growing popularity of the Harry Browne for President movement is the best kept secret we've been trying not to keep," LPM executive director Tim O'Brien wryly observed. "Major national polls such as Zogby and Rasmussen now have Browne at 3% to 4% in several key states -- including some crucial battlegrounds in the midwest. It's hard to understand why the media continue to cover Buchanan who has dropped below 1% and won't even be on the ballot in Michigan," he added, "while ignoring the candidate who may well control the outcome of the election."
Highlights of the Southfield evening will include a preview of four new, eye-opening television commercials produced by the Browne campaign as well as an appearance by Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate Michael Corliss.
The Libertarian party is the third largest political party in the United States, with 166 elected office holders -- more than all other third parties combined. Nationwide, there are more than 1,500 Libertarians running for office this year (110 in Michigan) and 236 for US House seats -- 18 more than required for a majority, which makes the Libertarians the first third party in nearly a century to contest a majority of congressional seats. The Libertarian Party will also become the first third party in more than a century to have a presidential ticket on the ballot in every state for three consecutive elections.
The press is invited to the Tuesday night rally and need not confirm in advance. For more information or to schedule a personal interview contact Browne press secretary Jim Babka at (703) 236-5202.
The Billboards for the Harry Browne for President campiagn, paid for by the LPM Campaign Fund are already up in the Metro Detroit area and will be going up shortly around Grand Rapids. Anyone who can conveniently pass by any of the following locations should check them out to make sure they are up and look good:
Detriot area (now through election day).
12901 Gratiot left hand side, going North, South of 6
Grand Rapids area(Sept. 18 - Oct. 15).
28th st. east of Breton, south side
Grand Rapids area (Oct. 9 - Nov. 5).
1923 Chicago Dr., west of Burlington, north side
WESTLAND. "Too bad Spence Abraham doesn't steal our political ideas instead of just our campaign ideas," lamented Chris Pellerito, campaign manager for Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate, Michael Corliss.
He was referring to Abraham's ploy of sending someone dressed in a chicken suit over to Democrat Debbie Stabenow's campaign headquarters to illustrate his opinion of her reluctance to join an October 16 debate at the Economic Club of Detroit.
The LP's 1994 candidate for this same senate seat, Jon Coon, sent two "chickens" to follow his major party opponents around the UM/MSU football game when they refused to face him in a debate before that election. Then Democrat candidate, Bob Carr, took the jibe in good humor and ultimately consented to debate Coon. Abraham, apparently forewarned, managed to elude his "chicken" pursuer and, likewise, steadfastly refused to face the Libertarian in debate -- at least until a judge prohibited the PBS sponsored event from going forward without Coon being included.
"Spence avoided our chicken man," Pellerito continued, "but obviously got the idea. "That's fine," he added. "We're delighted to see that Mr. Abraham now understands the true nature of a political candidate who refuses to debate his opponents."
Corliss' campaign manager said his candidate is not just willing but actually eager to take on both Abraham and Stabenow in any forum, whether broadcast on radio or TV, or merely staged for the public to attend in person. He said Michael Corliss will accept an Economic Club of Detroit invitation to debate without any conditions.
Local News Release Reads: LIBERTARIANS TO HOLD FREEDOM 2000 BANQUET. The Clare-Gladwin Libertarian Party has announced that it will hold its annual banquet, Freedom 2000, on October 6, 2000 at 7:00 P.M. at the Town & Country Restaurant in Clare. Freedom 2000 combines a convention style forum with a banquet fundraiser to provide an enjoyable way to raise political awareness for the attendees. Tickets are $15.00 per person and includes a buffet dinner. Michael Corliss, candidate for the U.S. Senate is scheduled to be the featured speaker at the event. Corliss, a high school teacher from Westland, Michigan, will be making the case that his candidacy represents the only real choice for voters in the race for the U.S. Senate. He will explain why his campaign is the only campaign that offers lower taxes, smaller government and more freedom and abundance for the citizens. Also, Joanna Gargin, a pro-gun advocate, will give a brief presentation on a woman's self-defense seminar she provides called "SURVIVE." Attorney and Clare-Gladwin LP chair, Ghazey Aleck will also be speaking and will serve as the master of ceremonies for the banquet. "This event is an important way for Libertarians to promote freedom and prosperity as opposed to over-intrusive government control so that one day we can break the addiction our country has for being a welfare state," Ghazey Aleck stated. Freedom 2000 is open to all interested persons. Live music and a cash bar will be provided. Call 386-2699 for tickets or information.
Don't miss this rare opportunity to see and hear Harry Browne in person. Harry Browne will be arriving in Michigan for 3 days of intense campaigning. The Ballot Access Retention Committee (BARC 2000) has arranged numerous media appointments for Mr. Browne. In addition, the following events will be open to the public.
On Monday, September 25, 2000, Harry Browne will address the Economic Club of Detroit at their luncheon at Cobo Center in Detroit. Tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact The Economic Club of Detroit at (313) 963-8547 for details.
On Tuesday, September 26, 2000, at 7:00 PM, Harry Browne will be at the Westin Hotel at Prudential Town Center in Southfield Michigan. THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!. Invite a friend! (or six. Professional dress requested. To make reservations or get more info, mailto RSVP@HarryBrowne2000.org and please include the names of all members of your party.
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