U.S. Senate candidate Bill Redpath, who is carrying the Libertarian Party's banner in the race to succeed retiring Senator John Warner in Virginia, spoke on Wednesday evening to a receptive audience at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Sponsored by Libertarians at VCU and the student publication, the Broad Street Journal, Redpath's address covered the range of issues being discussed by voters in the run-up to this year's general election, plus more topics that are not the stuff of water-cooler conversations: the economy in general and the Wall Street bailout in particular, free trade, the value of the dollar, Social Security and Medicare, John McCain and Barack Obama, the war on drugs, terrorism, the war in Iraq, gambling, same-sex marriage, and ballot-access laws in Virginia and other states.
As it happens, today (October 9) is Bill Redpath's birthday, and some of his supporters have suggested making contributions to his campaign as a way of conveying happy birthday wishes. There is a secure donation page for credit-card contributions on the Redpath campaign web site.
In the first part of this video recording of Redpath's speech, the candidate is introduced by VCU student (and blogger) Steven C. Latimer, speaking on behalf of the two sponsoring organizations:
Part VI includes an answer to a question I posed about ballot-access laws and what Bill had to do, as a third-party candidate, to get his name on Virginia's general election ballot:
Part VII (the final segment):
Bill Redpath will be appearing in Charlottesville next Thursday, October 16. He will be a guest on "The Schilling Show" on WINA-AM at 1:00 p.m. and he will be speaking at the University of Virginia that evening.
There are three other candidates in the Virginia Senate race: former governors Jim Gilmore (Republican) and Mark Warner (Democrat) and Independent Green candidate Gail Parker, who ran for the Senate seat now held by Jim Webb in 2006.