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Reform Party Rallies Students

Head of Mass. Chapter Emphasizes American Families, Security

By Eun Lee

STAFF REPORTER

Robert Regan, the Chairman of the Buchanan-Foster presidential campaign for Massachusetts, spoke Wednesday at a town hall meeting organized by the Society for Political Awareness.

Although Reform Party Vice Presidential Candidate Ezola Foster was originally supposed to attend the meeting, she fell ill on Tuesday night with an ear infection.

In his speech, Regan outlined what he called “the three main issues in this campaign: American security, American families, and American jobs.” He described these issues as being geared towards seniors, American labor leaders, and global corporations.

“Why does Pat Buchanan want to be president? It’s because he has a vision of America,” Regan said.

Reform Party advocates isolation

According to Regan, this vision includes increased controls on illegal immigration, improvements to the education system, and limits on free trade. “America comes first rather than taking care of the rest of the world,” he said.

Regan also pointed out the faults of American treaties and free trade agreements. He said that the Chinese have monopolized the hay and apple production industries.

“There is no one simple solution, but we can’t have this raping of American labor,” said Regan.

He also stressed the Reform Party’s stance on the need to assimilate immigrants into American society through language and culture, describing what he referred to as “ghetto-ized” autonomous immigrant communities.

Regan criticizes media coverage

Regan expressed concerns over the fairness of media coverage in this election, particularly with regards to third-party candidates. “It is completely false that the media is unbiased,” said Regan. “By the way, [Buchanan] is not anti-semitic, nor does he like Hitler.”

Regan mentioned voter initiative as being central in this election. “If nothing else, I hope you’re informed about this election, particularly on the major issues,” he said.

Although few people attended the meeting, the audience raised many concerns, which ranged from immigration control policies to the conflict in the Middle East.

“I came to the meeting because I was curious about Ezola Foster and what she believed in,” said John Reed G. “Given Buchanan’s reputation, it surprised me that he had an African American running mate.”

“We expected more [attendance], but I think word got out that Ezola would not be here,” said Christopher D. Smith ’01, who organized the event.