Election 2008: Kevin Barrett to debate Rep. Ron Kind? Likely. WTDY talker Sly endorses Barrett? Not so much.
Post by Jesse Russell on 5/15/2008 3:00pm
When I first heard that 9/11 theorist and UW-Madison Lecturer Kevin Barrett was running as a Libertarian for Rep. Ron KindÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 3rd District congressional seat, I was elated. Not because of any desire one way or the other to see Barrett unseat the congressman, but because it means the race is suddenly much more interesting then it was two weeks ago. Kind already has a competitor in Republican Paul Stark, but it is highly unlikely that Stark can unseat the New Democrat and Free Trader from La Crosse. Kind, who has held the seat since 1997, defeated his most recent Republican challenger in 2006 with 65 percent of the vote. Stark is trying to defeat Kind by tying the incumbent to Democratic Presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama. Obama defeated Senator Hillary Clinton in La Crosse County with 58 percent of the vote. On the Republican side La Crosse County went to Senator John McCain by 48 percent, but Mike Huckabee came in a close second with 41 percent of the vote.
With Stark as a non-starter, Barrett injects some much needed carnie magic into the election. Case in point, yesterday Barrett sent out an email alleging:
WTDY talk radio host Sly has endorsed Barrett's candidacy. The endorsement represents another unprecedented breakthrough, since it is the first time a major mainstream talk radio host has endorsed a pro-9/11-truth candidate for public office. The endorsement came on Sly's radio show Friday.
I listened to the segment of SlyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s show where he interviews Barrett and not once does Sly use the words Ã¢â‚¬Å“I endorse Kevin Barrett.Ã¢â‚¬Â What he does say at the end of the interview, Ã¢â‚¬Å“I am fascinated by your candidacy and I am looking forward to talking to you through out it. Kevin, thanks for coming on with us. Kevin Barrett, the next congressman from the third district of Wisconsin.Ã¢â‚¬Â Listen here.
Fascination, an endorsement does not make. I contacted Sly to verify Barrett's endorsement. His response:
I'm not making an official endorsement of either candidate, and I was being tongue and cheek during my interview with Mr. Barrett. I was encouraged by Mr. Barrett pledging to hold Rep. Kind's feet to fire about his misguided trade policy. I look forward to hosting a fiery debate between the candidates on my show.
Also in the email from Barrett is the announcement that Kind has accepted BarrettÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s challenge to a debate. According to Barrett:
In an unprecedented breakthrough for both the Libertarian party and the 9/11 truth movement, Rep. Ron Kind has agreed to debate his Libertarian challenger for Wisconsin's 3rd District congressional seat.
The first Barrett-Kind debate will undoubtedly draw national media attention. It will be the first time a federal office-holder has agreed to debate a leading figure from the 9/11 truth movement. And it is apparently the first time that a major-party incumbent in a three-way race has agreed to debate the third-party challenger rather than the major-party challenger.
Please, zombie Jesus, make this debate happen.
You can listen to the entire Kevin Barrett segment on SlyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s show here. Below are a couple of the policy issues Barrett laid out during the program.
1. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We need a new investigationÃ¢â‚¬Â into 9-11. He said Kind is Ã¢â‚¬Å“a cowardÃ¢â‚¬Â for not looking farther into the events surrounding September 11, 2001.
2. We should pull out of Afghanistan. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The only reason we went in there was to shore up the heroin business. The Taliban had shut down the $1.5 trillion a year heroin business which is largely run by corrupt elements of our own CIA.Ã¢â‚¬Â
3. Considers himself a Ã¢â‚¬Å“New Libertarian.Ã¢â‚¬Â Supports strengthening Social Security and public education.
4. Wants to develop alternative energy sources.
5. Would cut off aid to Israel because as soon as the U.S. does they would Ã¢â‚¬Å“make peace with indigenous Palestinians.Ã¢â‚¬Â
6. Will lead charge against NAFTA and CAFTA to prevent Ã¢â‚¬Å“North American Union,Ã¢â‚¬Â abolishment of the U.S. Dollar in exchange for the Euro, and the building of a Ã¢â‚¬Å“NAFTA superhighway across the country to bisect it.Ã¢â‚¬Â
7. Abortion: States or communities should decide
8. Unclear if he would overturn Roe v. Wade, but if he really thinks states should decide on abortion, Sly points out, he would need to overturn it
9. Second amendment. Strong supporter of Second Amendment and a Ã¢â‚¬Å“well relegated militiaÃ¢â‚¬Â instead of Ã¢â‚¬Å“standing ArmyÃ¢â‚¬Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“Americans should be allowed to carry all sorts of firearms including military style firearms.Ã¢â‚¬Â
10. Congress should subpoena ex-military officers who are part of the Ã¢â‚¬Å“Disclosure ProjectÃ¢â‚¬Â to testify on UFOs.
Jesse was born and raised in Connecticut, began blogging in 1997, and moved to Madison in 2003. In 2005, he co-founded dane101 along with Kristian Knutson and Shane Wealti. In addition to helping nearly a dozen contributors run this website he's helped launch various events in the city including What's Your Damage?!, the MadPubQuiz of Awesomeness, the Fire Ball Masquerade, Dane101's Freakin' Halloweekend, and more.