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Tuesday, December 23, 2003

 

Nader won't run as a Green http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=536&e=2&u=/ap/20031223/ap_on_el_pr/nader_green_party

posted by annatopia at Tuesday, December 23, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Via Kos comes the welcome news that Ralph Nader won't be running for the Green Party nomination. He might run as an independent, but without a national infrastructure I don't think he could get on the ballot in most states. What pleases me most is the impression that the Green Party may have learned some valuable lessons after the 2000 election:
The Green Party is debating whether to take a nominee on a full state-by-state campaign or to adopt a "safe state" strategy. Under that method, the party would mostly avoid states up for grabs, in order not to jeopardize the Democratic candidate's chances against President Bush.

Sounds good to me. If they adopt the "safe state" strategy, both Greens and Democrats will benefit. I am very hopeful that both parties will be able to work towards the most important goal: defeating Bush and replacing him with a Democrat.


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