Hansen Excluded from Debate…

This story is a pretty nice bit of publicity for the IAP’s candidate for Governor of Nevada, particularly as the frontrunner didn’t even bother to show up to the debate.

From Las Vegas City Life...

One of the more interesting things about the Livable Communities Governor Candidates Forum, held May 25 at the Reed Whipple Cultural Center, was that a candidate who was invited didn’t attend and a candidate who was not invited did attend.

Republican candidate Jim Gibbons, a U.S. congressman, did not attend the forum—of course. Gibbons, said moderator Dave Berns, had work to do in D.C. and was unable to shake free.

Christopher Hansen, the Independent American Party candidate, did attend the forum. Hansen, however, was not included in the panel of candidates.

“And there’s another candidate, too, who’s sitting right here,” said Hansen from the crowd, interrupting the introductions. “But for some reason, minor parties weren’t invited to debate. I don’t know why we weren’t.”

An event organizer later explained that she did not know Hansen was a candidate. Had she known, she said, he would’ve been invited to participate in the forum.

She added that the Green Party candidate was invited, but could not attend.

9 Responses to “Hansen Excluded from Debate…”

  1. Khatores Says:

    “An event organizer later explained that she did not know Hansen was a candidate. Had she known, she said, he would’ve been invited to participate in the forum.”

    This excuse is no less lame than the very first time it was used.

  2. Citizens For A Better Veterans Home Says:


    I am one of those Viet Nam era political types whom was not allowed to vote at age 18. I was painfully aware that I
    could end up as the ‘last American boy to die in an Asian war’! I did not flee to Canada or Sweden. Instead, I
    enrolled in ROTC and ended up a hundred feet under ground near a huge missile with a large bomb pointed at the
    other side of the planet.

    Thus college played a big part of my early adult life. Until the Department of Defense changed their mind about me
    struggling over my Engineering studies for more than four years (I believe they call that ‘Lying’!) I trudged
    through trig and calculus at one campus, and then transferred to a non technical degree at another. When I first
    voted (after turning 21) I was forced to enroll in a second college that I hated: the Electoral College!

    Even as an Elementary School student, the unfairness of political hacks using my franchise to rig a nationwide
    election seemed obvious! This is especially serious with a winner take all state in a close election. It is down right
    criminal if that state, like Texas or Illinois in 1960, may have had organized voting fraud.

    How does a concerned citizen fix the double whammy of some citizens in territories or ex patriots in other
    countries not being able to vote for President and others in winner take all states having their opinion over
    shadowed by the ‘terrany of the majority’?

    Once upon a time I would have said that the formality of an official Constitutional Amendment was the way to go.
    You know, like the ‘successful’ ERA (Equal Rights Amendment) effort of the 1970s. Now, like the fight against
    the Unconstitutional Supreme Court decision on Eminent Domain, I think the more local approach is the better.

    We live in a good country. Is it the greatest country on the planet? Well we talk about logic and science, yet we use
    the non metric ‘British’ measuring system! We were born in rebellion, yet it is obvious that we are a greedy,
    grubbing global 21st Century Imperial Empire! We talk ecology, yet we are more the problem than the solution!
    We talk about democracy, yet we are one of the few non parliamentary governments—-and do not even directly
    elect our more powerful official!

    I say we join the folks at www.fairvote.com (including 1980 anti Duopoly standard bearer John B. Anderson) in
    getting states to individually agree to give all of their electoral votes to the person gathering the most total
    individual ballots! Let’s kill my least favorite campus, the Electoral College, one state at a time!

    Besides, they have a lousy track team and their foot ball squad hasn’t won a conference in years!

    Innovative Plan to Win Popular Election of the President Launched
    Press conference for National Popular VoteOn February 23, (2006?) FairVote’s chairman John B. Anderson joined Sen. Birch Bayh (D-IN), Rep.
    John Buchanan (R-AL) and other supporters of an important new campaign to elect the president by a national popular vote. Anderson ran on the
    ballot in all fifty states in 1980 as the National Unity Party ticket.

    National Popular Vote, backed by FairVote, Common Cause and a bipartisan group of former Members of Congress, presented at the National Press
    Club an innovative plan for states representing a majority of Americans to join together in an agreement to collectively award their electoral votes to
    the winner of the national popular vote. States have exclusive power over how to allocate electors. FairVote also released an impressive,
    ground-breaking new report:Presidential Elections Inequality. Copies are available online and for purchase on www.fairvote.com.

  3. Christopher Hansen Says:

    Because of what occured at this “debate” I was invited to the next debate on June 22nd in Reno, Nevada.

    It will be televised on Channel 5.

    And the Electoral College is the only reason any presidential candidate ever comes to Nevada or any other small state. If it is ever changed the small states will lose all political influance for president.

    The horrible thought is that we would become a democracy if that ever occured. Pray to God it never happens. Long live the Republic.

    What we could do is to split up the large states into smaller states. Texas can divide itself into 5 separate states.

    There is no reason California, Texas, Florida, Ohio and New York could not be made into 15 new states.

    Smaller states make for better government all around.

  4. Freelancer Says:

    You’re right Chris. Congress passed a law that’s still in effect saying Texas could split into five states. If Texas did this they would get ten senators. They have a big potential for power in the Senate, but I guess they just like being big. LOL

  5. Gary Odom Says:

    Chris, shame on you! We in California have a sophisticated, full-time legislature that gets paid a whole lot of money to deal with our problems with expertise and obectivity. How else could we have done such a fabulous job handling the budget, our energy problems, education and dealing with the illegal alien situation and its impact on state services?

    No, we’re a big state with the best politicians money can buy, and by God, we’re proud of it! Next thing you yokels from Nevada will be suggesting is that we should try a part time citizen legislature made up folks who actually
    have to make a living in the real world most of the year. Hands off California, you wackos! Besides, how dare you say anything about California when, according to the rumors I hear, you haven’t eradicated “sin and immorality” in your state!

  6. Christopher Hansen Says:

    Gary Odom,

    That was great.

  7. RCAIP Says:

    Not suprising…

    But actually Chris, I would strongly, as others like me do, favor Southern California becoming a state- Orange, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernadino, Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Kern and Imperial counties ought to suceed from Sacramento! Only the water issue- since we get our drinking water from the north, stops us from doing so.

  8. Chris Campbell Says:


    I read somewhere one time that Texas-upon entering union-had/has a proviso allowing it to split into 3-5 different states. Not sure if that is true, but interesting…...

    Hate thye “accidently” left you out of the debate. They did the same to LP in NC, hence their candidate did not get the votes she may have otherwise-hence, surprise surprise, they lost ballot access.

    Smaller states making better Govt was an arguement of many early Founders, 1 being Dickson I think. IT is also an arguement of Subsidiarity/Distributism (spelling not perfect, rushing at end of break)

  9. Christopher Hansen Says:

    Well I got into the next one by standing up at the last one.

    And Texas has the power to split itself into 5 states.

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