Barkley v. Franken v. Coleman
Barkley Wins Independence Party Senate Primary
For Immediate Release
Contact: Christopher Truscott
HOPKINS—U.S. Senate candidate Dean Barkley released the following statement Tuesday night after winning the Independence Party primary election:
"This election was about more than just me or any of the other candidates. Today, thousands of Minnesotans said they've had it with politics as usual in our nation's capital.
"We won't have the millions of special interest dollars Al Franken and Norm Coleman will spend to preserve the status quo. But we'll be able to run an aggressive campaign aimed directly at the weakness of both major parties: the important issues facing our country.
"We're going to talk about the out-of-control national debt. We're going to talk about not just getting out of Iraq, but avoiding future military misadventures. We're going to talk about getting things done, rather than perpetuating the partisan food fight in Congress. And we're going to talk about actually making real change.
"I have yet to meet one person during this campaign who's interested in more of the same Washington-style politics that has failed our country for too long. While Franken and Coleman have the big special interests as their base, we're starting off with the vast majority of Minnesotans who are ready for something better and I'll take that any day."
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Barkley, 58, served as the director of the Minnesota Office of Strategic and Long Range Planning under Gov. Jesse Ventura. In November 2002, Ventura appointed Barkley to fill the final two months of the late Sen. Paul Wellstone's term.
The former governor said recently that Barkley is "measured minute by minute … the most effective U.S. senator in Minnesota history."
More information is available online at www.senatorbarkley.com.