#6:Nader survives initial attack
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Thu Nov 2 14:14:05 MST 2000
Nader Withstands Attacks, Climbs in Polls
by James Ridgeway
October 30 - Having survived a weekend barrage of thousands
of spam e-mails and phone calls, Ralph Naders campaign insists its still
on track and may actually have picked up votes in Michigan and Oregon,
where the Green candidate is now pulling 10 percent.
In an effort mounted by Wes Boyd of Moveon.org, PAC
recipients are advised to jam Nader e-mail servers, fax machines, and
phone lines with pleas for him to quit the race. Boyd claims to have
played a key role in supporting Clinton during his impeachment woes by
dumping thousands of e-mail messages on Congress. Moveon is out to stop
what Boyd calls Naders "kamikaze" campaign.
Targets of Moveon.orgs flash attacks have been
college-campus coordinators who have been drumming up support for the
Green. Some of them have been so harassed that they've dropped out, say
Nader campaign workers.
The swing states will likely play a crucial role in this
election, when every electoral vote is precious. Bush has 42 more
electoral votes than Gore, according to Sam Smiths Morning Line (found at
Nader's rise in popularity could make the difference.
"Nader is the critical factor in 102 electoral votes," says the Morning
Line, "well more than the 22 needed to change outcome of election."
This week Nader will crisscross the Midwest, holding
rallies in Dearborn, Michigan, and Madison and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The
consumer advocate will also appear with Jesse Ventura on a Nightline town
meeting in Minneapolis. Ventura, who hasnt made an endorsement, backs the
third party movement in general. Nader is also going to Chicago and
Seattle, and plans to attend a super rally in Long Beach before the windup
shindig at the Washington MCI Center on Sunday.
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