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Randall Terry, the anti-abortion activist who gained national notoriety through the Spring of Life demonstrations five years ago, returned to the Buffalo area Thursday to seek support for his bid for Congress.

Terry, the former leader of Operation Rescue, was arrested here along with the Rev. Joe Slovenec of Cleveland, who also spoke in Higher Ground Baptist Fellowship Church, 289 Southside Parkway, Thursday evening.

Slovenec is vying for a congressional seat in Cleveland. Both candidates are supported by the Right to Life Party and are also seeking the Republican Party nomination.

"You've seen me fight on the streets. You've seen me fight at the Supreme Court. You've seen me on Oprah and Geraldo. How would you like to see me on C-Span," Terry told a little more than a dozen people who turned out to hear him speak.

Terry and Slovenec were on a tour that has included several stops in the Western New York area. They were in Elma earlier in the day, attended a luncheon in downtown Buffalo and were planning to travel to Elmira, Rochester and Binghamton in the next few days.

Terry is aiming to unseat Rep. Maurice Hinchey, D-Saugerties.

Terry said he wants to eliminate federal income tax, make Social Security voluntary and eliminate property taxes. He said the nation's citizens are slaves because a large portion of their income goes to pay taxes.

"The essence of slavery is that you are forced to labor for the benefit of another against your will," said Terry, portraying politicians in Washington as thieves who are misusing public tax dollars.

"We are funding the betrayal of our right as parents and the moral demise of our nation," Terry said.

As examples, he pointed to the "tragic" welfare system and sex education that hands out condoms but produces students who can't read the labels on the packages in which they come.

Both candidates made an appeal for financial support. It is estimated that each candidate must raise a $1 million to mount his race. Terry said he feels he can get support from rank-and-file Republican Party leaders in the state because many Republican voters are are also upset with Washington politics.

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