On Saturday, June 26 from 5 to 7pm, Independent candidate for president Ralph Nader will hold a nominating convention to place his name on the Oregon ballot. The event will take place at the Benson High School Auditorium, one block south of the Lloyd Center Max station.
Under Oregon law, 1000 registered Oregon voters may gather at one time in the same location to sign a petition to place a candidate on the ballot. An attempt to place Nader on the ballot by convention in April fell short by about 200 voters.
"Last time Ralph's schedule was bringing him to town, so we decided to try to do a quick effort to pull a convention together and get him on the ballot," said Greg Kafoury, a Portland lawyer and an architect of the Nader Super Rallies. "Many people assumed it would be easy to gather 1000 people, so they did not feel their attendance was necessary. Our organizational efforts were inadequate, and we have had to live with the knowledge that we embarrassed Mr. Nader. We will not make the same mistakes again. Everyone will know how important it is that they be there for Ralph."
On February 22, 2004, Nader appeared on Meet the Press to announce his candidacy and to address his reasons for seeking the nation's highest office. During his appearance, Nader answered many questions about his candidacy, such as:
- Why is he running this year, when so many Democrats have blamed him for 'throwing the 2000 election' to George W. Bush?
- Will a John Kerry presidency be much different from George W. Bush's first four years, from a foreign policy perspective?
- What would Nader do about the deepening war in Iraq if he were elected president?
- Should George W. Bush be impeached for misleading the American people into an illegal, immoral, and unnecessary war in Iraq?
- What does Nader make of a recent article in The Nation magazine urging him not to run in 2004?
Presented here is video of Nader's entire 20-minute appearance on Meet the Press, arranged in three unedited segments (in order to meet the space limitations of uploaded media files on the Indymedia network).
Four months have passed since Nader's discussion with Tim Russert, during which time Massachusetts Senator John Kerry has all but locked up the Democratic nomination. Many voters feel that Kerry has not done nearly enough to distinguish his positions on critical issues from those of George W. Bush. Many also feel that having Nader in the race (and the televised debates) will force a discussion of these issues with the American people.
Three months before the election, it seems that nearly everyone has an opinion about whether Nader should appear on the ballots of Oregon and other states around the nation. Listen to the man himself address his reasons for seeking the presidency in this compelling video.
If you believe that American democracy is worth preserving and think that more 'choices and voices' is important in American and global politics, please consider attending the nominating convention on June 26 between 5 and 7pm at Benson High School in NE Portland near Lloyd Center.
On Thursday morning, June 24, Nader will talk by phone with KBOO radio hosts Alan Graf and JoAnn Bowman on 'Voices from the Edge' between 8 and 9am. KBOO is located at 90.7 on the FM dial.