[Marxism] 'Greens Reject Endorsement for Ralph Nader'
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Sat Jun 26 17:59:41 MDT 2004
Greens Reject Endorsement for Ralph Nader
By JR ROSS, Associated Press Writer
MILWAUKEE - The Green Party nominated Texas attorney David
Cobb as its candidate for president Saturday, dealing a blow to
independent Ralph Nader (news - web sites)'s campaign.
Nader, the party's candidate in 1996 and 2000, had hoped for the
party's endorsement and access to the ballot Greens have in 22
states and Washington, D.C. (news - web sites) Instead, he will
have to find another way to get on the ballot in those states,
including Wisconsin and California.
Nader told party officials months ago he would not accept the
party's nomination for president, openly courting their formal
But 408 delegates voted for Cobb on the second ballot to give him
the nomination. Maine radio personality Pat LaMarche was the
party's nominee for vice president.
Cobb has walked a line between praising Nader and questioning
what his candidacy as an independent offered the Greens as they
try to expand their status as a third party.
Had Nader won the party's endorsement, it would have been up to
the state parties to decide whether to present him as their
candidate for president to local election officials. Getting on the
ballot in some of those states as an independent could now require
him to gather thousands of signatures and meet other
Nader already has the backing of the Reform Party, which has
ballot access in seven states, but he has yet to be placed on any
The delegate vote at the party's national convention in Milwaukee
underscored the deep divide among party members over who
serves their cause best Cobb, a little known party activist, or
Nader, a prominent national figure, but someone who has never
joined the party and does not plan to.
Nader tapped longtime Green activist Peter Camejo (news - web
sites) as his running mate this week, a step that was expected to
bolster his chances of winning the party's endorsement.
In speeches before the vote, Camejo, who ran for the Green Party's
presidential nomination as a Nader backer, and Cobb tried to
stress what they shared, not what divided them. Still, their
addresses illustrated the split within the party over Nader's
Camejo portrayed Nader as the only option who could truly give
voters an alternative to the George Bush and John Kerry (news -
web sites) campaigns. He said Nader would give the party the
profile it needed to successfully build its base.
Cobb promised to support whatever decision the delegates made
but warned them many state parties could lose their ballot access
without a nominated candidate, an obvious warning about the
possibility of endorsing Nader.
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