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Ralph Nader endorsed by Peter Camejo

2008 Presidential Candidate, Ralph Nader receives a resounding endorsement by legendary social activist Peter Camejo at the Peace and Freedom Delegate Convention in Sacramento, CA on Aug 2nd, 2008:

More: http://www.votenader.org/

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Peter Boyle | August 25, 2008

- In GreenLeft_discussion@yahoogroups.com, "luke weyland" lukeweyland@...> wrote:   Cynthia McKinney overwhelmingly won the endorsement as the US Green
  presidential candidate.

  Can anyone tell me why is Ralph Nader, and Peter Camejo not prepared    to support their own party candidate?


As Camejo (who is fighting second round against cancer) explains it, it was clear since Nader's bureaucratic defeat within the US Greens in the lead up to the 2004 presidential elections, that the ranks of the
Greens supported Nader but it undemocratic leadership cheated them. It was a vicious campaign that ended Nader's, Camejo's and Matt Gonzalez's (Nader's 2008 running mate) confidence in the Greens party
machine. You get some taste of how nasty this campaign is if you listen to Camejo's speech.

Last December left Greens began a campaign for the Greens to nominate Nader. Indeed Nader received majority support where the left Greens managed to get his name on Green primary ballots (Nader won 17,000
votes or 61 percent in California, which alone accounts for a majority of Green primary voters nationally).

In a phone conversation earlier this year, Camejo told me that, in his opinion, had there been a stronger leadership in left Greens they would have taken on the Greens bureaucrats and trashed them.

In February this year, when Nader announced Gonzalez as his running mate, he also made clear he would not be seeking the Green Party's nomination. Nevertheless when the Greens chose Cynthia McKinney as
their candidate, Nader congratulated her:

http://www.votenader.org/media/2008/07/15/McKinney/

He said: "Although the Nader/Gonzalez and Green Party platforms have many similarities, we are not competing for votes, but instead we are allies joined in a common struggle to tap the huge and growing numbers
of millions of unsatisfied voters who want to vote for something better than the lesser of two-evils. The more progressive voices and choices, the more widespread will be the definition of freedom as participation in power."

Nader's campaign is consistent in this unity appeal to progressive third party candidates. Nader will be joined by Cindy Sheehan and Sean Penn at a rally in Denver this week:

http://www.votenader.org/media/2008/08/19/DenverRally3/

According Nader campaign site, the Nader/Gonzalez ticket is on track to be on the ballot in 45 states - the campaign was on only 34 in 2004 - and the Nader/Gonzalez ticket is at 6% in the latest CNN poll.
McKinney was not included in the poll.

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