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30 July 1998
The Chair recognizes the gentleman from Texas (Mr. PAUL).
1998 Ron Paul 90:1
Mr. PAUL. Mr. Chairman, I yield myself such time as I may consume.
1998 Ron Paul 90:2
Mr. Chairman, this amendment is very simple. The major candidates receive a lot, a million dollars, to run their campaigns. Then they have national debates, and then they can purposely exclude other candidates. I am not talking about 10 or 20 or 30 very minor candidates, I am talking about candidates who spend weeks, months, years, hundreds of thousands of dollars, just to get on the ballot. Some will not even take the money, but some qualify to be on 40 and 50 ballots, and they are purposely excluded.
1998 Ron Paul 90:3
This amendment does not dictate to those who hold debates, but it would require that those major party candidates who take the taxpayers money, they take it with the agreement that anybody else who qualifies for taxpayers funding, campaign funds, or gets on 40 ballots, would be allowed in the debate.
1998 Ron Paul 90:4
I cannot think of anything that could boost the interest in the debates more. Fewer and fewer people are watching debates. There was the lowest turnout, the lowest listening audience to the debates in the
1998 Ron Paul 90:5
Forty-two percent of the people turned out and were interested in the debates prior to the election in 1992, and we had a major candidate, Ross Perot. Of course, the only reason he was able to achieve a significant amount of attention was because he happened to be a billionaire. That is not fair. In 1996, they did a poll right before the election to find out who was paying attention. We were getting ready to pick the President of the United States. It dropped to 24 percent.
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If we want people to be
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Mr. Chairman, I reserve the balance of my time.
1998 Ron Paul 90:7 Mr. Chairman, I reserve the balance of my time. Ron Paul continues consumption of such time in 1998 Ron Paul Chapter 91.