Senate Hopeful Would Support Public Hanging

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Joseph A. Schwan, a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, opposes the "three strikes and you're out" proposal to keep violent criminals in prison.

"I say, `three strikes and you're dead.' "

Schwan advocates public hangings as a better way to deter crime.

The St. Louis resident filed for the Republican nomination on Feb. 22, the day filing opened.

He will oppose former Gov. John Ashcroft for the GOP nomination for the seat being vacated by Sen. John C. Danforth, R-Mo.

Five Democrats are seeking their party's nomination.

Schwan's entry surprised Republican leaders, who'd expected no primary opposition to Ashcroft. His only quarrel with Ashcroft, he said, is that Ashcroft is "a little meek."

Schwan, 78, is a real estate broker and a retired Army procurement officer. He has run for the U.S. House six times, against Reps. William L. Clay, D-St. Louis, and Richard A. Gephardt, D-St. Louis County.

Schwan said he's motivated by a belief that average Americans need a stronger voice in Washington. He said he wants to save the United States from the ills that destroyed the Roman Empire.

He called for Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun to resign because of his stance against the death penalty. …