Ralph Nader’s intentions with the Green Party

Nader appeared on Democracy Now! on Pacifica Radio this morning. Below is an excerpt from the interview with Amy Goodman, where Nader gives some hint into how he might run this campaign season. This is important for Greens to hear and consider, because there are Green primaries coming up on February 5th, and Nader (and/or his stand-in Howie Hawkins) is a candidate on the Green Party primary ballot:

AMY GOODMAN: Ralph Nader, if you run, would you run as an independent or would you run for the Green Party nomination?

RALPH NADER: Well, if I run—and we are testing the waters now—I would certainly go for the ballot lines with the Green Party. I would go for—

AMY GOODMAN: So you would go against Cynthia McKinney?

RALPH NADER: We’ll go for—well, that remains to be seen. It’s a little early right now. But we’ll go independent in states where there aren’t any parties. We’ll look for progressive small parties at the state level. You have to do that just to get on state ballots, where there are very obstructive rules. And my campaign manager, Theresa Amato, in ’04 is finishing a very detailed book on this major civil liberties issue of obstructing candidates’ rights, without which voter rights aren’t worth very much…


Click here for the Nader presidential exploratory web-site.

4 Responses

  1. […] Ralph Nader’s intentions with the Green Party/Democracy Now! […]

  2. Nader’s 2004/2008 campaign filmmaker, Jurgen Vsych, has just released her new book about the 2004 campaign, “What Was Ralph Nader Thinking?” http://thewomandirector.com

  3. The green party must be a Republican sleeper cell. How can they reasonably think they help the environment by keeping Republicans in the White House. Green Party = Republican.

  4. You, my friend, need to take a good lookat democracy, or how elections work, or history for that matter.

    The idea of democracy is to have a marketplace of ideas, not a cartel of 2 large corporations, i.e the Democratic & Republican parties. Cartels are bad for everyone.

    Similarly having having multiple candidates in a race does not create a simply left/right dichotomy of votes. For instance, the Democratic Leadership council polling on the 2000 election showed that Bush would have won, rather than lost, the popular vote without Nader in the race.

    As to history, the vast majority of social change in this country has happened in response to forces outside the 2 corporate parties, especially the force of 3rd party candidacies.

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