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Bradley Speaks Today

Presidential Hopeful Begins New England Campaign with Student Discussion at MIT

By Frank Dabek

Democratic Presidential candidate Bill Bradley will hold a student discussion forum today in Wong Auditorium as part of a two day fall campaign kick-off tour of New England.

As a democratic Senator for New Jersey the former guard for the New York Knicks had a center-left voting record. His bid for president emphasizes the issues of campaign finance reform and gun control.

Christopher D. Smith ’01, a member of Techies for Bradley and one of the forum’s organizers, said that Bradley distinguishes himself from other candidates by being “willing to be bold in office [and] ... risk re-election to ensure the country is better four years” after his election.

According to Smith, “Bradley is paying attention to students.” Support for Bradley has been strong among students, Smith said. “Bradley wouldn’t be where he is if it wasn’t for students.”

Bradley’s campaign reform proposals stress limiting funding sources to individuals and the public treasury as well as reducing the importance of so-called “soft money.” In a speech presented to the National Press Club on July 22, Bradley said that “democracy doesn’t have to be a commodity that is bought and sold.”

His gun control proposal calls for eliminating inexpensive handguns, limiting gun owners to one purchase per month, and requiring background checks at gun shows and trigger locks on all handguns.

Bradley was invited to speak at MIT by the MIT College Democrats, the MIT Debate Team, the Institute Foundation, and Techies for Bradley.

Prior to his public forum Bradley will meet with college newspaper editors from universities around New England.

On Thursday of this week, Republican Presidential candidate Senator John McCain of Arizona will address ROTC students from MIT, Harvard University, Tufts, and Boston University. McCain will speak at 3:00 p.m. in Wong auditorium. The event is open to the public.