Badnarik, 50, delivered his kick-butt message on the sidewalk at the corner of Harrison and Main streets last week. The independent computer consultant chatted up Virginia Commonwealth University students most from the campus chapter of the Libertarian Party like a made-for-TV infomercial.
"If you let me in the debate, it's like reality TV," Badnarik told the students. "It's like Steven Seagal walking into a bar fight."
His plan to dramatically reduce the size of the federal government, and essentially do away with federal taxes, would create such a buoyant economy that there would be no unemployment, he says. It's a win-win.
Like a good politician, he refuses on the street corner to acknowledge another reality: He has virtually no chance of winning the election. Or getting into the debates. Or getting the attention of non-Libertarians at VCU.
But they all know this.
"If I were to get 10 percent of the vote," he says, "it would dramatically change politics in America." Scott Bass
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