[Marxism] WSJ: Nader Selects Camejo as Running Mate

Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Tue Jun 22 00:46:13 MDT 2004


Nader Selects Peter Camejo As Campaign Running Mate

Associated Press June 21, 2004 1:25 p.m.

WASHINGTON -- Independent presidential candidate Ralph
Nader today selected longtime Green Party activist Peter
Camejo to be his running mate, a move sure to boost his
chances of winning the Green Party's endorsement this week
and its access to ballot lines in 22 states and the
District of Columbia.

Mr. Camejo, an investment adviser from Folsom, Calif., had
been one of two leading contenders for the Green Party's
presidential nomination.

The announcement came in advance of the Green Party
convention beginning Wednesday in Milwaukee. Mr. Nader, who
ran as the Green Party candidate in 2000, is not seeking
the party's nomination but he has pursued an endorsement
from the third party.

"Camejo shares my concerns for economic and social justice
as well as the urgent need to protect our environment," Mr.
Nader said in a statement before introducing him at an
afternoon news conference.

One Green Party leader said a Nader-Camejo ticket would
have a very strong chance of winning the party's
endorsement. "This is an opportunity for Nader to make an
overture to the party membership," said Ben Manski, one of
five co-chairs of the Green Party. "I think it certainly
would put him much more in the running but not a

Mr. Nader also has been endorsed by the national Reform
Party, which gives him access to the ballot in at least
seven states, including the battlegrounds of Florida and

Mr. Nader garnered nearly 3% of the vote in 2000, when he
was viewed by many as having cost Democrat Al Gore the
White House by taking votes in the deciding state of
Florida. But he chose not to run under the party banner
this election year.

Mr. Camejo received more than 212,000 votes as the Green
Party candidate for California governor during the 2003
recall drive that led to the ouster of Democratic Gov. Gray
Davis and the election of actor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The Green Party has ballot access for a presidential
candidate in Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut,
Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts,
Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New
Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah,
Vermont, Wisconsin and Washington, D.C.

Copyright C 2004 Associated Press

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