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May 25, 2008

Post-Debate Press Conference

by Jason Pye

Stephen and I attended the post-debate press conference last night where candidates fielded questions from media and bloggers. Stephen asked a question to the candidates about pardoning non-violent drug offenders.

The video is divided into two parts. The first is Mike Gravel. He was in the room before the other candidates and kind of took over the podium and took several questions. LP Media Communication Director Andrew Davis politely asked him to let other candidates come up and take questions and Gravel cocked an attitude. I’m not faulting Gravel, but he could have handled it better.

Here is Gravel:

Here is the second part of the press conference video. This has all of the candidates answering questions from the media:

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  1. the only reason why i switched to the libertarian party was so i could vote for Mike Gravel in the general election. i guess another political party (besides the democrats) has disappointed me and i will be forced to leave effective tuesday!

    Comment by inotheyare — May 25, 2008 @ 11:00 pm
  2. [...] 1. Pardon all non-violent drug offenders en masse. This would have the effect of limiting law enforcement to going after violent drug offenders as any new offenders would be affected by the mass pardon. This is a question I asked Mr. Barr at the post debate press conference; you can listen to his answer here. [...]

    Pingback by The Liberty Papers »Blog Archive » Barr: “I Was Wrong About the War on Drugs” — June 12, 2008 @ 12:04 pm
  3. Given the scarcity of candidates opposed to the Drug War to ANY degree, I wonder why so many of us feel inclined to pick nits. Is there a more staunchly opposed candidate out there that I missed, or do we have a party full of people that won’t accept an incremental crawl back toward a sensible policy on this matter?
    I think Barr’s former support of the War on Drugs gives his current position more weight.

    Comment by Shane Savoie — June 13, 2008 @ 8:58 am

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