Summarized by Kent Larsen
LDS Gubernatorial Candidate Ends Fast After Debate
OREM, UTAH -- The LDS Candidate on a planned 40-day hunger strike to get
into the Utah gubernatorial debates was able to end his fast a day early.
Jeremy Friedbaum debated Republican incumbent Michael Leavitt and Democratic
candidate Bill Orton at Utah Valley State College on Wednesday, and
afterwards broke his 39-day fast.
Friedbaum is the candidate of the Independent American Party, an
ultraconservative group. He felt that his views should not be excluded from
the series of 12 gubernatorial debates that started in September, and
launched a hunger strike September 8th to prove his point. "I had a right to
be in all 12 debates," said Friedbaum.
The debate Wednesday was sponsored by the UVSC student association, and the
student newspaper at the Orem college, the College Times, urged the
association to invite Friedbaum for the debate. However, Friedbaum was still
not invited to the final debate, which was held Thursday morning.
During the debate Wednesday, Friedbaum, along with Leavitt and Orton, gave
his views on pre-screened questions from students. His answers reflected the
unique conservative views, often mixed with religion, that Friedbaum espouses.
Candidate breaks his 39-day fast
Deseret News 19Oct00 T2
By Dennis Romboy: Deseret News staff writer
Friedbaum allowed to take part in UVSC gubernatorial debate