FOR GENERAL RELEASE
September 27, 1980
WORLD CITIZEN GARRY DAVIS SEEKS WORLD VOTES AS CANDIDATE FOR WORLD PARLIAMENT FROM U.S. PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES CARTER, REAGAN, ANDERSON AND CLARK
WASHINGTON, D.C. - World Citizen Garry Davis asked the four major U.S. presidential candidates by letter delivered by messenger Thursday, September 25, 1980 to vote for him on a "World Ballot" based on an article in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights sanctioning a universal election. The former World War II bomber pilot announced his "candidacy" for "world parliament" on September 21, 1978 at Princeton University (statement enclosed).
Mr. Davis claimed, in a statement released today, that his global candidacy "is the only one which makes any sense in a nuclear-triggered nationalistic world."
"No national candidate," he said, "can claim any relevancy to a world peace process since nationalism itself, as John Anderson recently pointed out, is the major problem. President Carter campaigned four years ago as a 'world order' candidate. The U.S. military budget in 1976 was $102 billion; the 1981 military budget is over $142 billion, an increase of 39 per cent. The total national military budget for next year will top $500 billion. Today Iran and Iraq fight a war and the U.S. president can 'take no position' while enjoining the Soviet Union to do likewise. The so-called superpowers are impotent and afraid. Yet all four presidential candidates call for an increase in military spending.'