BUCHANAN PROMISES TO PROTECT BORDER.
LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE - Pat Buchanan promised hundreds of supporters at a fund-raiser barbecue Saturday that he will bring the ``New World Order'' crashing down if elected president on the Reform Party ticket in November.
As people cheered ``Go, Pat, go,'' Buchanan hit his key themes of protecting the U.S.-Mexican border from illegal immigrants and of fighting trade policies that threaten the country's sovereignty.
If elected, he said, he would move U.S. troops from Bosnia and Kosovo to the southern borders of Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and California.
``The government of the United States and Bill Clinton don't have the courage to defend the borders of the United States of America,'' said Buchanan, 61, who is making his third run for the White House.
The former adviser to presidents Nixon and Ford complained the Clinton administration has been overly trusting toward other countries such as China. He said both Al Gore and George W. Bush are sellouts conspiring to block him from the debates.
Protesters from the Libertarian Party and the Jewish Defense League picketed in front of the large estate on Foothill Boulevard where the barbecue was taking place. They derided Buchanan as an anti-Semite and vicious demagogue.
``We find him to be a Jew-hater par excellence,'' said JDL International Chairman Irv Rubin. ``Anyone who supports this man should be ashamed of himself.''
Mark Selzer, chairman of the Central Los Angeles Libertarian Party, said the Reform Party was founded by people with Libertarian views, and Buchanan is taking things in the wrong direction.
Buchanan, an outspoken opponent of abortion, has said he will appoint only anti-abortion judges to stop the country's ``Culture of Death.''
Speakers at the event, including neutron bomb creator Sam Cohen, said Buchanan is not an anti-Semite.
Another speaker, state Sen. Richard Mountjoy, R-Arcadia, helped introduce Buchanan but offstage declined to say whether he would vote for him.
``I think Pat Buchanan is a great American. He needs to be in the debates,'' Mountjoy said offstage. ``If that doesn't happen, the American people will be shortchanged - regardless of whether they're for Buchanan or against him.''
Among those who paid $25 to attend the fund-raiser was Bill Jones, 50. The Simi Valley resident said arguments about the philosophy of the Reform Party are irrelevant because candidates have treated it like a shell corporation since Ross Perot created and abandoned it eight years ago.
Sarkis Antonian, 44, of Monterey Park added his opinion of the candidate: ``(Buchanan) wants to clean up the mess in the United States. The other two parties keep going against the people.''
Buchanan is expected to easily win the party's nominating convention in Long Beach this summer. A recent federal district court ruling gave control of the Reform Party to the faction supporting his presidential bid and reaffirmed the selection of Pat Choate as party chairman.
Until February, Choate, a Buchanan friend, co-chaired Buchanan's presidential campaign.
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|Publication:||Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)|
|Date:||Apr 30, 2000|
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