[Marxism] Why Nader matters: An Opportunity to Open Presidential Debates
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Sun Jul 6 19:10:33 MDT 2008
An Opportunity to Open Presidential Debates
posted by John Nichols on 07/06/2008 @ 3:09pm
The latest CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey of registered
voters nationwide puts Democrat Barack Obama at 46 percent.
Republican John McCain pulls 44 percent.
Is everyone else undecided? No.
A striking six percent of Americans who are likely to vote this fall
back an alternative candidate: Independent Ralph Nader.
Another three percent back Libertarian Bob Barr.
Those are some of the highest percentages in years for independent
or-third-party candidates. And they matter, especially Nader's six
Google and YouTube are organizing a unique presidential forum in New
Orleans for September 18. It is likely to be the first debate (or
debate-like "event") after the major-party nominating conventions are
A candidate polling at 10 percent in national polls -- just four
points ahead of where Nader is now at -- earns a place in the forum.
As Nader's campaign says: "If we get on the Google sponsored debates,
we're convinced Nader/Gonzalez will move toward 20 percent.
"At twenty percent, people see a three way race.
"When people see a three way race, everything is possible.
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