- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 3, 2000

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Ralph Nader and Pat Buchanan don't agree on much, but they're standing together in contending they both should be included in the presidential debates.
Both plan to be in Boston for the first debate today. However, they will be outsiders looking in, barred from a national forum that could have given their flagging third-party campaigns a boost.
Mr. Buchanan, the Reform Party candidate, and Green Party nominee Mr. Nader fell far short of the 15 percent support they needed in major polls, the level of support required by the sponsoring bipartisan Commission on Presidential Debates.
As one caller put it to CNN's "Larry King Live," on which both men appeared last night: "Give up, Mr. Buchanan."
"I never give up, young lady," Mr. Buchanan replied, blaming a lack of money, sparse media coverage and getting barred from the debates as killing his campaign.
Mr. Buchanan also said Republican nominee George W. Bush wouldn't want him standing on the same stage in debates.
"Mr. Bush has abandoned conservatives. That convention was an insult to Reaganism," he said, referring to the Republican National Convention and former President Ronald Reagan.
Mr. Nader, appearing on the show's second half, had harsh words for Vice President Al Gore. He said that even if he wasn't running for president, "no way" would he vote for Mr. Gore.
Mr. Gore has spent "eight years on his knees to big business," Mr. Nader said.
Mr. Nader also urged people to contact the television networks and the debate commission to push for inclusion of the third-party candidates because "Bush and Gore can't say no to them."
"If there's a massive, peaceful demonstration tomorrow in Boston, where the whole world is watching, maybe Al Gore and George Bush will be shamed into at least having one debate with a four-way discussion of important issues that they are just deliberately discarding," he said.
Mr. Nader and Mr. Buchanan have received 3 percent support or less in recent national surveys. These same polls, however, show that one-third or more would like to see a four-way debate, with Mr. Buchanan and Mr. Nader joining Mr. Gore and Mr. Bush.
While neither Mr. Nader nor Mr. Buchanan plans to crash tonight's event, both will make themselves available to reporters before, during and after to provide analysis.
The two also let protesters in Boston raise the fuss for them.
About 30 people, some dressed in Colonial garb and tricornered hats, boarded the Boston Tea Party ship yesterday and dumped televisions into the harbor. Taped to the TV sets were the names of the networks and the Democratic and Republican parties.

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