Libertarian Beats Bush to the Punch on State of the Union

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Libertarian Party presidential nomination candidate Steve Kubby delivered his 2008 State of the Union address today, pre-empting President Bush's speech to Congress next Monday. The speech, released on Kubby's campaign web site and other Internet video outlets, contests President Bush's likely claims and offers Kubby's policy package as a way forward for America.

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"Next week, President George W. Bush will deliver his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress," says Libertarian presidential candidate Steve Kubby in a speech released on his campaign web site and other Internet venues today. "This week, I'm delivering MY State of the Union address to you, the American people."

Speaking from San Francisco, Kubby predicts the content of Bush's speech, scheduled for next Monday. Kubby disputes what he contends will be a rosy but unrealistic portrait of the American situation.

"President Bush is going to tell you that the state of the union is strong, but that it can use improvement," says Kubby. "What he's not going to tell you is that we are more disunited than we've been in a generation or longer, and that he bears a large share of the blame for making that so."

Kubby cites civil liberties violations, the highest per capita prison population in the world, a failing economy, the war in Iraq and brinksmanship with Iran as signs that America is headed in the wrong direction. He urges Americans to "take back the power that Republicans and Democrats have usurped and the freedoms that they have seized" and promotes his own policy package: Withdrawal from Iraq, warmer relations with Iran, ending the war on drugs, pardoning those imprisoned for "victimless crimes," rolling back government power, and repealing the income tax.

Kubby, 61, of Fort Bragg, California, is best known as a medical marijuana activist who helped pass California's "Proposition 215" compassionate use law. He's since fought a number of prominent legal and political battles on behalf of patients' rights. Kubby appears as a candidate for the Libertarian Party's presidential nomination on February 5th primary ballots in California and Missouri. The party's national nominating convention is scheduled for Memorial Day weekend in Denver.

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