By Ken Rudin
Question: What chance does the Reform Party have for taking seats in Congress next year, adding another governor to join Minnesota's Jesse Ventura, and possibly winning the presidency? It seems like people are becoming apathetic with the process on a national level. I think we could see a huge swing in turnout if they put out candidates who excite voters Micah Bergdale, Dewey, Ariz.
The Reformers get another opportunity on April 13, when another special Senate election will be held. Reform Party leaders in the state also have spoken with former Democratic congressman Tim Penny about challenging Sen. Rod Grams (R) in 2000. If there is going to be an increase in Reform Party candidates nationwide next year, an early indication may be found at the party's national convention this July in Dearborn, Mich.
One factor that could benefit the Reform Party is the way the presidential calendar has been drawn for 2000. Conventional wisdom says that with nearly half the states holding primaries and caucuses by March 7, the major parties' respective frontrunners could sew up their nominations earlier than ever. That means a potentially dreary eight-month general election campaign that could lead to widespread buyers' remorse -- and a possible opportunity for some third-party hopeful to generate voter interest.
Question: I am interested in working on the Gore campaign in 2000. How would I contact his organization? Ava Alexander, Los Angeles, Calif.
Answer: If anyone reading this column is interested in working for a presidential candidate, now would be a great time to contact the campaigns. It is still early enough in the process whereby people who sign on now have an opportunity to make a difference in the campaigns. Below is a listing of each candidate's mailing address and web site. Good luck! (P.S. -- If you find yourself in a position of influence, please make sure your campaign has buttons, and don't forget to send me some!)
Bill Bradley: Bradley for President, 395 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange, NJ 07052, 973-731-2100. www.billbradley.com
Al Gore: Gore 2000, 2131 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20037, 202-263-6000. www.algore2000.com
Lamar Alexander: Alexander for President, 2000 Glen Echo Road, Nashville, TN 37215, 615-620-2000. www.lamaralexander.com
Gary Bauer: Bauer for President, 2800 Shirlington Road, Suite 900, Arlington, VA 22206, 703-933-2000. www.bauer2k.com
Patrick J. Buchanan: Buchanan 2000, P.O. Box 2000, Dunn Loring, VA 22027, 1-800-GO PAT GO. www.gopatgo2000.org
George W. Bush: Bush Exploratory Committee, P.O. Box 1902, Austin, TX 78767, 512-637-2000. www.georgewbush.com
Elizabeth Hanford Dole: Dole Exploratory Committee, P.O. Box 58247, Washington, DC 20037, 202-777-5050. www.edole2000.org
Malcolm S. "Steve" Forbes: Forbes 2000, 209 Madison Street, Suite 400, Alexandria, VA 22314, 877-837-8383. www.forbes2000.com
John R. Kasich: Kasich for President, 2021 East Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus, OH 43229, 614-785-1600. www.k2k.org
Alan Keyes: Keyes 2000, 5025 N. Central, Suite 408, Phoenix, AZ 85012, 888-450-7771, keyes2000.com
John McCain: McCain Exploratory Committee, 1158 E. Missouri, Suite 140, Phoenix, AZ 85014, 602-604-2000. www.mccainforpresident.org
Dan Quayle: Quayle for President, 2929 E. Camelback Road, Suite 124, Phoenix, AZ 85016, 602-522-3500. www.quayle.org
Bob Smith: Smith for President, P.O. Box 77024, Washington, DC 20002, 202-USA-4-BOB. www.smithforpresident.org
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