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  • Interview with William Mohr conducted via e-mail - forwarded to scoop
  • Interview with Spike Cohen conducted via twitter direct message - forwarded to scoop
  • Interview with Angela Walker conducted via Facebook messenger - screenshot forwarded to scoop

--William S. Saturn (talk) 09:44, 14 June 2020 (UTC)

Received the emails. @William S. Saturn:, there has been an update to {{Interview}}, now we can specify non-exclusive methods of interview, for example: {{interview|medium=phone email}}. Also, I would suggest you share the contents of email (after stripping away private information here on talk pages so that it is publicly accessible.
•–• 10:20, 14 June 2020 (UTC)
@Acagastya: Except, he has —not unreasonably— used the {{original}} tag instead of {{interview}}. We could add {{interview/media}}, though that wouldn't categorize it under Category:Interview. Perhaps we should provide an optional interview parameter on {{original}}, and pass the media to that?
we have used both the templates together. ComicCon article comes to mind. Interview template should be there; and so should the params. However, the original intent was to notify the update in how we were doing things. (talk) 13:29, 15 June 2020 (UTC)

Interview with William MohrEdit

Interview with William Mohr for,_May_2020

Forwarded message ---------

From: William mohr <[redacted]> Date: Wed, May 13, 2020 at 7:23 AM Subject: Re: Wikinews questions To: William Saturn <>

On 5/11/20 2:02 AM, William Saturn wrote: > Here's my questions: > > 1. How did your nomination for vice president come about? Did you seek > the role or was it thrust upon you? Answer: I neither sought the office, nor was it thrust upon me. My good friend, Darrell Castle, asked me to run and nominated me for the position. The nomination was immediately supported by many who know me well. Given the support I received in voice, text, those within the national delegates, and that I was chosen by Don Blankenship for his running mate, I decided to accept. I am humbly honored to serve my party and the nation in this capacity. > > 2. What are your thoughts on presidential nominee Don Blankenship? How > do you complement him on the ticket? Answer: Don Blankenship is a good man with vast knowledge in the political field. He stands firm on his positions, aligns well with the party platform and has an abundance of ability to lead this nation in the direction it needs to go. His political history demonstrates his ability to influence leaders around him. He has a backbone superior to most men and will be the strongest President we have seen in decades.

Combined with my longtime message on the need for a return to morality in our states and nation, I am convinced that the Blankenship/Mohr ticket will simply be the best thing that has happened in Washinton in a long, long time. > > 3. With the coronavirus pandemic hampering ballot access efforts, is > it possible to improve on the electoral performance of 2016 > presidential nominee Darrell Castle? What can you do to improve the > visibility of the ticket? Answer: The American people are beginning to wake up to the fact that they are being ruled by tyrants. Times are changing in our nation. Many current elected officials are promoting false information and gaining much power and control by using this virus as their vehicle. The so-called pandemic has enlightened the masses to the point of large demonstrations and protests. In recent years Constitution Party vote counts have increased considerably and we are winning more and more offices, small and large. Recent actions by elected leaders have only led the masses farther away from the big two parties. I expect to see a large increase in voters searching for alternatives, which will certainly create yet a greater increase in visibility for the Constitution Party.

> > On 5/7/20, USTPM Chairman <[redacted]> wrote: >> That would be fine. >> >> My campaign contact information is: >> >> email = [redacted] >> phone = [redacted] >> >> William Mohr >> US Taxpayers Party >> State Central Committee Chairman >> [redacted] >> >> On 5/7/2020 4:53 AM, William Saturn wrote: >>> Sorry for the late response. This message went into my spam folder. >>> I just have a few questions. Would it be alright if I asked them >>> via email? >>> >>> On Mon, May 4, 2020 at 5:02 AM USTPM Chairman <[redacted] >>> <mailto:[redacted]>> wrote: >>> >>> Mr. Saturn, >>> >>> Please feel free to call me at the number below, not after 9:00 PM >>> est please. >>> >>> William Mohr >>> US Taxpayers Party >>> State Central Committee Chairman >>> [redacted] >>> >>> On 5/4/2020 1:44 AM, USTPM wrote: >>>> New submission from the USTPM Contact form. >>>> >>>> *Name* >>>> William Saturn >>>> >>>> *Email* >>>> <> >>>> >>>> *Message* >>>> Chairman Mohr, >>>> >>>> I am a reporter for Wikinews the free news site. Could I ask a >>>> few questions about your role as the 2020 vice presidential >>>> nominee of Constitution Party? >>>> >>>> Thanks, >>>> >>>> William Saturn >>>> Accredited Wikinews Report >>>> >>>> *recipient* >>>> [redacted] >>

Interview with Spike CohenEdit

Interview with Spike Cohen for,_May_2020

Forwarded message ---------

From: Vice President Spike (via Twitter) <> Date: Sat, May 30, 2020 at 2:08 PM Subject: Vice President Spike (@RealSpikeCohen) has sent you a Direct Message on Twitter! To: William Saturn <>

@RealSpikeCohen: First it was seeing how the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq actually played out, and that made me re-examine what I believed and actually form a political philosophy.

Vice President Spike sent you a Direct Message.

Interview with Spike Cohen for,_May_2020

Forwarded message ---------

From: Vice President Spike (via Twitter) <> Date: Sat, Jun 6, 2020 at 9:47 PM Subject: Vice President Spike (@RealSpikeCohen) has sent you a Direct Message on Twitter! To: William Saturn <>

@RealSpikeCohen: 1. I think the role of VP nominee is to help complement the ticket for the party faithful, to support the POTUS candidate, to promote her policies and beliefs (which isn't difficult to do because they're mine as well), to broaden the appeal of the ticket to the public, and generally to support her in running for President. I believe that Jo and I present a unique opportunity to reach voters across many age groups, and to campaign in both traditional and dynamic, cutting-edge ways to a public that is more open to an alternative to the Republicrats and their nonsense than ever before. 2. Gary and Bill largely relied on outside agencies and beltway media connections to do their campaigning. A lot of complaints that I've heard from Libertarian activists and downballot candidates is that they felt completely left behind and unsupported in 2016. We are running an across-the-board, homegrown Libertarian campaign that is designed to lift up the whole party. We also aren't relying on corporate media to tell our story, but instead are going to focus on viral marketing and social media reach to create earned media exposure that will force the mainstream media to pay attention to us, on our terms. We believe that will get us the 15% we need in the polls to get in the debates, and when that happens, we have a serious shot to win. Imagine having the two buffoons with a long history of contributing to our problems, and who are now barely able to form a coherent sentence, debating against an accomplished, self-made, brilliant leader who will be able to debate circles around them. And imagine me debating Mike Pence and...whoever has the misfortune of being Biden's running mate.

Vice President Spike sent you a Direct Message.

Interview with Angela WalkerEdit


1. How does your experience as a nominee for vice president in 2016 help in the current campaign? How is your role the same or different from 2016?

2. Why should leftists and socialists support Howie Hawkins over Gloria La Riva or the Bernie Sanders-backed candidate Joe Biden?

3. What are your goals for this campaign?

ANGELA WALKER FRI 8:00 PM 1. It's my pleasure to be the Vice Presidential nominee for the Socialist Party of the USA in 2020, as I was in 2016. The roles are the same: we want both the Green Party and the Socialist Party to grow and be welcoming spaces for people of color, people with disabilities, people along the LGBTQIA rainbow, people who have been wondering where they could fit into a party. Also, getting our platforms and party principles into communities is important. Marginalized communities in particular need to know that they have options outside the party duopoly we have in this country. Being part of a campaign I can believe in helps me reach folks in those communities.

2. Many on the Left are very excited about the concept of Medicare for All. They are interested in reversing climate change, and they're interested in having a universal basic income available to them. They are also interested in social justice, making sure people are housed and fed and not abused by the state. All of these things are in our campaign platform. All of them. In detail. I can't speak for the LaRiva/Peltier campaign platform, as I haven't read it. They are people who have my respect. And as to Biden, the fact that he does not support any of the issues people are asking for makes him a nonstarter. His cavalier statements and treatment of marginalized communities is also very problematic. Howie Hawkins is offering a platform that would improve the lives of everyone in this country while helping to reverse climate change. That is something I feel people can be confident about supporting.

3. My goals for this campaign are to help both the Green Party and the Socialist Party be welcoming spaces for marginalized people, and to get people politically educated around the country. Another goal is to help build true unity throughout the Left. We might not agree on everything, but there are many places where Leftists of different ideologies intersect. I want us to meet at those intersections and build from them. There is still a pandemic happening. There is an uprising happening. It is in the hands of the people how we help each other going forward, and I am looking forward to being helpful in those efforts

Review noteEdit

  • Afaict atm, the Psychology Today source was only used in a sentence I removed due to neutrality problems. I noticed, though, the Psychology Today source appeared to have a rather egregious elementary error in probability calculations, which was disturbing since the source's declared purpose, by its title, was just such a calculation. It claimed that if each of two candidates (Biden and Trump) had a 10% chance of dementia, the probability of the next president having dementia would be 19%. At the risk of stating the obvious, if the probability of each having dementia is 10%, and supposing dementia is independent of electability, the probability of the next president having dementia would be 10%; the probability would be 19% only if voters always prefer a nominee with dementia over one without.

--Pi zero (talk) 00:15, 17 June 2020 (UTC)

Review of revision 4570633 [Not ready]Edit

My mistake. I replaced them all. William S. Saturn (talk) 01:29, 18 June 2020 (UTC)

Review of revision 4570980 [Passed]Edit

Category to addEdit

{{editprotected}} Add the Kamala Harris category to this article. --Woko Sapien (talk) 20:38, 11 August 2020 (UTC)

  Done --SVTCobra 20:46, 11 August 2020 (UTC)
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