Muslims For Nader/Camejo

A blog on the Nader/Camejo 2004 Presidential campaigen - exposing the racket of the two corporate parties - with a special focus on issues of concerns for Muslims. This blog is UNOFFICIAL and is NOT endorsed by the official Nader for 2004 presidential campaigen. Blog update daily and several times a day - come back often! Contact: muslimfornader@yahoo.com

Saturday, September 25, 2004

Listen to Ralph

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The Vote Nader website has placed a number of excellent short talks by Ralph Nader - pick a few and listen to Ralph in his own words.

A refreshing change from the duopolistic drabble you usually hear from the Kerry/Bush ticket!


  • [Quicktime Format] [Windows Media Format] Freedom from Fear
  • [Quicktime Format] [Windows Media Format] Shift the Power
  • [Quicktime Format] [Windows Media Format] Solution Revolution
  • [Quicktime Format] [Windows Media Format] On the verge of another Vietnam
  • [Quicktime Format] [Windows Media Format] Messianic militarist
  • [Quicktime Format] [Windows Media Format] Why should the people trust Bush with the presidency?
  • [Quicktime Format] [Windows Media Format] What to do now in Iraq
  • [Quicktime Format] [Windows Media Format] We entrenched Saddam, we have a responsibility to the Iraqi people
  • [Quicktime Format] [Windows Media Format] Call for impeachment
  • [Quicktime Format] [Windows Media Format] Chicken hawks, the prejudged easy win and the quagmire afterward


Friday, September 24, 2004

Kerry/Bush listen to returning Iraq vets.!

The Nader/Camejo campaign has called for a US withdrawl from Iraq - unfortunately the Kerry/Bush ticket are still gung ho for a "victory."

A new statement calls on the Kerry/Bush team to listen to the returning Iraq war vets, and their families:

The campaign said that military families, veterans, recently returned veterans, and even active duty personnel have been speaking out against the war and occupation of Iraq. Their voices are among the strongest forces calling for an end to the occupation of Iraq. They can save the United States from the quagmire of Iraq. Nader/Camejo urges the president, Senator Kerry, and the media to pay attention to these voices for a more sensible Iraqi policy.

Read full statement here


some progressives abandon cause

The "anybody but bush, or nobody but kerry" candidate is in trouble, the polls are showing he is behind Bush (in more ways than one :-)) - some progressives are abandoing their own cause to get behind the guy who is behind Bush.

Joshua Frank writes in Counterpunch:

As the left sinks deeper in its own self-created muck, don't look for the stalwarts of progressive action, like Benjamin and Solomon, to pull us out. Indeed they are working hard to keep us down by campaigning for Kerry in the only states that can force the Democrats to deal with progressive issues. It is sad indeed when members of your own team forfeit the game at crunch time. Nevertheless, it is not entirely their faults -- they unfortunately have fallen victim to the very fear they are now spreading. It's contagious. Watch out.

Those of us who are involved in this movement understand that Bush is part of the problem, but to assume that he is the Great Evil - is to mirror the fear mongering that both the Demos. and Repubs. are creating to keep progressives under their control. It is unfortuante that some progressives have fallen for this kind of faulty reasoning, and are now campaigning for a guy who even Michael Moore has called a "lousy candidate."

Thursday, September 23, 2004

Electing Ralph Nader

The Elect Ralph Nader blog has a very interesting essay about experiences of a Nader/Camejo campign worker:

Electing Ralph Nader

By Michael Butler

It is safe to say I've spoken personally to around 15,000 people from all walks of life about the subject of Ralph Nader's candidacy, and my first impressions recorded in this essay have remained true everywhere I've traveled. When you get out on the streets and talk to people, there is an astonishingly widespread appreciation for and adherence to Ralph Nader's viewpoints. I honestly believe that if all the people who support Nader's positions were willing to cast their vote for the candidate of their true choice, Ralph Nader would be our next President!

During a conference call with Ralph on Monday, May 10th, volunteers and coordinators working in Texas agreed that his support among "people of color" is very strong.

Those whose history is informed by oppression, or who have other reasons to recognize their rights as American citizens as something tangible and precious, have tremendous openness to hear Ralph's message, and absolute agreement with his right to express it.

A must read on...

Let Ralph Nader Debate - Urgent Action

Tomorrow, the Commission on Presidential Debates decides whether to allow Ralph in the debate on September 30th in Miami.

The bipartisan CPD is controlled by the two major parties and masquerades as non-partisan hosts of exclusionary parallel interviews;

Two polls have come out this week showing that a majority of Americans want to see third parties and Independent candidates in the debates;

Nader and Camejo are constitutionally eligible, with ballot access in enough states to receive at least 270 electoral votes, as are other third party candidates who should be included.

Take action!

Tell the CPD that America wants real debates and wants them to LET RALPH DEBATE!

Call the CPD at (202) 872-1020

Sincerely,

Theresa Amato

Campaign Manager


Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Peter Camejo Welcomes Muslims

In 2000, the American Muslim Association contributed $50,000 to Hillary Clinton. She was pressured by her constituents and the money was returned. Next, the AMA donated it to Bush... again, it was returned...

...2004 - The AMA is hesitant to endorse Kerry because he supports unjust war, the USA Patriot Act, (Kerry's proud he & Edwards drafted part of it) and Israel, no matter what they do. Kerry never states the Iraq war war illegal as Kofi Annan has -- he insists he would have out-done Bush, delivering the nations oil to his handlers at a speedier rate...

Nader/Camejo is a perfect fit for Muslims... We couldn't have dreamed up better candidates.

...The one and only thing keeping the AMA from formally endorsing Nader/Camejo is "electability."

What's not the reason?

Not treating Muslims like social pariahs, as the Demos and GOP have done -- returning their contributions while keeping those from AIPAC. (even as they spy) Not for speaking at AMA & CAIR on many occasions. (Including Sep. 25th with Camejo in Orlando, FL) Not for standing up for Palestine like no other candidate. Not for openly rejecting the USA Patriot Act, stating Muslims deserve their full-rights. Not for openly declaring an end to unjust war! Not for openly attacking the 'War on Terror' as a hoax to instill politics of fear.

Nader/Camejo's principled stand trump "Electability" because Kerry is as un-electable as Bush.

If the AMA backs Kerry, they're defeating Bush, but not the 'handlers' of Bush who will remain. Many Muslims preferred the friendly face of Bill Clinton, even as his sanctions on Iraq killed over 1 million children.

Peter Camjeo has very different thoughts about Muslim support. From his interview with the Boston Phoenix:

Q: What about accusations that Republicans are funding the campaign?

Peter Camejo: Democrats have decided that’s their theme now. That’s what they’re going to say about Nader. We have gotten four percent of our money from registered Republicans. What’s amazing about that is we expect our vote to be 25 percent — as it was in the year 2000 — from Republicans. You know why that’s so large? Because in the Muslim community, that’s a complete shift. They endorsed Bush last time. And now Bush is at two percent in the Muslim community. Nader’s at 26. So there’s going to be a mass of registered Republicans who no longer will vote for Bush, but will not vote for Kerry. And when these articles come out about Republicans sending us money, it’s almost always Arab names.
Full Interview...

I for one am glad Camejo and Nader will stand up for us. Now it's time we stand up for ourselves...

You have to start working for change now

"A VOTE for Kerry is not just a vote against George Bush. It is a vote for the survival of the system which made Bush happen..."
--George Monbiot--

"...Normally, a party’s candidate simply does what is politically convenient, and what he is effectively forced to do by his party structure. Nader has the advantage that he doesn’t have a party structure. He isn’t under anyone’s thumb, and he can determine where he stands for himself.

He has stuck to what he believes. You can question his methods, and I can question some of his positions--I don’t agree with everything that he stands for, though I think a lot of what he stands for has a good deal of sense in it. But you can’t question his political courage. He’s a man of conviction, who’s stuck to those convictions.

Here’s a man who’s even taken on the Anti-Defamation League. I don’t know U.S. politics as well as I should, but I can’t think of a single other prominent U.S. political figure who’s been brave enough to take on the Anti-Defamation League--and say that it’s wrong for everyone who criticizes Israeli policy to be branded as an anti-Semite. " Read Full...

Let Nader Debate

Zogby Poll Finds: 57% of Voters Want Nader in Debates

Washington, DC: A poll released today finds that Ralph Nader is the only non-major party candidate that voters want included in the debates. Zogby found that 57% want Nader included in the debates. This is consistent with a previsous poll by Citizens United Indpendent Parties that found 59% wanted Nader in the debates.

Visit the Citizen's Debate Commission to read on...

Kerry's big Lie...

Kerry's got 2 choices with Iraq:

-- Exit Iraq responsibly as per Nader/Camejo's insistence.
-- Inherit Bush's mess and make it work.

He's chosen the lesser of two like his supporters...

Thus far he's pledged: international support from allies that matter.

Toronto Post:

"Kerry contends he would do better than Bush in getting "the world's major powers" to help the U.S. rebuild Iraq, and in making sure democratic elections can be held next year. That may be overly optimistic. Few allies are anxious to wade in, and the place is growing ever more violent."
And allies that have waded in? Accepted the call to arms from the US--

The Australian:
JOHN Kerry's campaign has warned Australians that the Howard Government's support for the US in Iraq has made them a bigger target for international terrorists.

Diana Kerry, younger sister of the Democrat presidential candidate, told The Weekend Australian that the Bali bombing and the recent attack on the Australian embassy in Jakarta clearly showed the danger to Australians had increased.

"Australia has kept faith with the US and we are endangering the Australians now by this wanton disregard for international law and multilateral channels," she said, referring to the invasion of Iraq.

Asked if she believed the terrorist threat to Australians was now greater because of the support for Republican George W. Bush, Ms Kerry said: "The most recent attack was on the Australian embassy in Jakarta -- I would have to say that."
Let me get this straight. Kerry's sister is telling Australians they are and will be subjected to increased terrorism due to their involvement with US hegemony. Hmmm... that's a pretty tempting to France, German, China, Canada, and Russia. Join the US in this quagmire, welcome new terrorism on your soil, share in the bloodshed of your citizens. After all, what are friends for?

Tempting financial incentives you say? Iraq is a pie cut between the US and UK. Even Iraqis are barred from reconstruction contracts on their own soil. To date a mere $500,000 has been given to Iraqi contractors. How can Kerry persuade Exxon to cozy up with the French and Germans after firms like Exxon control the DNC.

It's clear the Nader/Camejo position is truly the best for the people of Iraq, US and the world.

14 permanent US airbases, utter control of oil, and a puppet government. It sounds like what it is... foreign occupation without end.

Revolutionary Americans, declared terrorists/insurgents by the UK, fought for autonomy. It's hypocrisy to wonder why Iraqis are doing the same... Are we not fighting for our own autonomy, freeing ourselves of corporations and special interest groups dominating our democracy? Many of whom got us in Iraq!!!

The only vote not wasted is one for Nader/Camejo -- Nov. 2, 2004...

Kerry's Final Straw

Confessions of a Despairing Voter
By TARIF ABBOUSHI
counterpunch.org
(read full...)

My Democrat friends didn't know what to tell me because their party hadn't told them. They were rudderless, certain only of turbulence on the right, but unnerved by wind shifts on the left. I'm thinking: if you can't dazzle them, baffle them.

It all ended on Monday, when John Kerry articulated his grand strategy du jour for Iraq: Convince other nations to get more involved, do a better job of training Iraqi security forces, provide benefits to the Iraqi people and ensure democratic elections will be held next year. Sounds to me he wants to do what Bush wants to do, only better.

Facing a decaying forest, our two candidates focus on reviving a select few trees; they only differ on how much water to use. They both appear to realize we cannot re-invent Iraq in our image without first winning the battle for hearts and minds. But neither seems to understand that the hearts and minds do not divorce our behavior in Iraq from our policy in the region as a whole. Bush and Kerry have yet to grasp that in the Middle East, selective democratization by American force is a doomed enterprise for a simple reason: the widespread universal belief that a person who is nice to you but rude to the waiter is not a nice person. Set aside the question of just how 'nice' America has been to Iraq. As long as we defer to Israel, as long as we sanction Syria for not withdrawing its troops from Lebanon even as we bankroll Israeli troops occupying Syrian land, as long as we befriend authoritarian Arab dictators who bow to our will, our peals for democracy in Iraq ring hollow. It would be hard enough selling democracy to our friends, let alone imposing it on our enemies. Imagine trying to convince the Israelis and Saudis to abolish their state-sanctioned laws and practices that discriminate on the basis of religion or sex!

We can waste thousands more American and Iraqi lives and untold additional hundreds of billions of dollars, but given the track record, how many of us really believe Iraq will be a stable pro-American democracy by, say, the election of 2008?

Of more immediate concern is the race of 2004. The strategic Middle East policy tilt of the Republican party will continue to cater to its base of fundamentalist right-wing Christian Zionists (no small irony that the word 'Qaeda' means 'base'), its tactics charted under the corrosive influence of pro-Likud neoconservative ideologues. As for the Democrats, I might have been tempted by a paradigm shift toward an American-centric foreign policy in the Middle East.

Given what is at stake for our nation, it is not Iraq per se, but our Mid-East foreign policy that is the central issue of this election. Until last Monday, I was an undecided voter. Now I'm a despairing one.

Tarif Abboushi lives in Houston. He can be reached at: TAbboushi@aol.com

Greg Bates - Part II

Ralph’s Right Stuff: The Politics of Nader’s Republican Support
Greg Bates - Second in a series.

What a zoo. Republicans who oppose Nader’s principles and platform have sued to get Nader on the ballot in the key swing state of Michigan. And Nader’s Republican support is a national phenomenon concentrated in swing states. Their goal is to split liberal voters from Kerry and, so the logic goes, swing the election to Bush. Meanwhile, progressives who agree with Nader’s principles and platform, and who think he would make a wonderful president, have denounced him for not rejecting his Republican support strongly enough.

I argue that the best stance is to welcome the Republican support with open arms.

Read On...

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Homeland In-Security

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Courtesy of Khalil Bendib, all rights reserved.

http://www.bendib.com

America Saved - Former Pop Singer Denied!!!

Homeland Security is certainly working on a hat-trick of peace-hungry Muslims.

First Tariq Ramadan, preaching dangerously peaceful ideologies and today, Yusuf Islam, creator of those Golden WMD's -- 'Peace Train' and 'Wild World.'

Next... we can only hope to get terrorist mastermind Malcolm X, who has eluded Homeland Security officials, last seen with director Spike Lee.

I met Yusuf Islam at my university after he opened his 'Behind the Music' segment. The audience grew to at least a thousand and his entire fan club flew in for the meeting. One excited hippie fan held up his acoustic guitar during the speech yelling: 'CAT - SIGN MY FENDER DUDE-MAN!"

Well... we've got him. An ambassador of peace, a man who has lived on both sides of the fence, feeling at home on either side. A man that is living proof of the East and West to come together. Prince Charles certainly thought so, as he appropriated government funding for one of Islam's many schools in UK.

From CNN:
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A plane bound for Washington from London was diverted to Maine on Tuesday after passenger Yusuf Islam -- formerly known as pop singer Cat Stevens -- showed up on a U.S. watch list, federal officials said.
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United Airlines Flight 919 had already taken off from London en route to Dulles International Airport when the match was made between the passenger and the watch list, said Nico Melendez, a spokesman for the Transportation Security Administration...
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He was interviewed and denied admission to the United States on national security grounds," said Homeland Security spokesman Dennis Murphy. He said the man would be put on the first available flight out of the country Wednesday.
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Islam recently condemned the school seizure by militants in Beslan, Russia, earlier this month that left more than 300 dead, nearly half of them children.

In a statement on his Web site, he wrote, "Crimes against innocent bystanders taken hostage in any circumstance have no foundation whatsoever in the life of Islam and the model example of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him."

The Truth About Democratic Operatives

The Institute for Public Accuracy issued the statement: "Ballot Access Obstruction by Democratic Operatives," part of a four-volume work on third-parties by Darcy Richardson.

Richardson said today: "While pro-Bush forces helping independent candidate Ralph Nader get on the ballot have garnered headlines -- most recently with lawyers in Florida representing Nader and the Reform Party who argued on behalf of Bush during the 2000 election fiasco -- another important story is how pro-Kerry forces are blocking Nader from getting on the ballot across the country.

These efforts are unparalleled in U.S. history and should gravely concern anyone who cares about the future of open politics in this country. The methods employed by the Democrats this year are far worse than any tactics used against the Progressive Party's Henry A. Wallace in 1948 or against Eugene J. McCarthy, who waged a forlorn independent bid for the White House in 1976. "

Democrats have hit an all time low. Republicans have mastered the art of not getting your vote to count and Democrats have become Zen masters at not allowing you to cast your vote at all.

...Never has a 1-2 punch hurt so much...

A great deal of progressives have been unable to uphold the 'good fight' as they've contracted a mysterious illness known as ABB syndrome. It's insidious, entering the hearts and conscience of progressives -- shutting down the brain to abstract thought. As anti-democratic operatives destroy civil liberties like falling dominoes, ABB infected flock 'Move On' conveyor belts into a slaughterhouse once reserved for mad cows.

Even Nixon play-book pledge Toby Moffett is shocked at the ease in stifling dissent:

"Many of the legal challenges filed by the Democrats this summer have been simply frivolous in nature, deliberately designed to harass the consumer activist and drain his campaign's dwindling resources. Former Democratic congressman Toby Moffett, a corporate lobbyist in D.C. and co-founder of something called Ballot Project, Inc. was quoted in the Washington Post : 'We wanted to neutralize [Nader's] campaign by forcing him to spend money and resources defending these things. But much to our astonishment we've actually been more successful than we thought we'd be in stopping him from getting on at all.' [See: www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A26933-2004Aug23.html?nav=rss_politics ]

"The Post reported that 'Moffett says his group has raised about $100,000 to fight Nader and is relying on pro bono work from lawyers across the country who have contributed up to $2 million worth of labor.' Nader's campaign, on the other hand, has barely raised $1.5 million for the entire campaign -- compared to $239.8 million raised for Bush and $210.7 million for Kerry -- and, understandably, hasn't had the resources to effectively counter all of the legal challenges confronting them during the past few months."

Moffett must be quite proud. Out spending the entire Nader/Camejo campaign with an ice-burg tip of DNC dirty money - the intent - keeping Nader/Camejo from spending resources on getting the issues that really matter to the public. Issues that are more important than a few swing-state voters. Issues that encompass the entire world - a world subjugated to US unilateralism...

"While pro-Bush groups can be legitimately criticized for trying to assist Nader's ballot access drives in Oregon, Michigan, Florida and elsewhere, the efforts of the pro-Kerry forces potentially disenfranchise millions of voters this autumn by denying them a viable alternative to the two major parties and are a far cry from the 'count every vote' mantra echoed by these same Democrats four years ago in the wake of the Florida voting debacle."

"Democratic efforts to knock Nader off the ballot this year are unprecedented, but major party interference in third-party presidential campaigns is hardly a new phenomenon..." (full)
Nader/Camejo are picking up steam... embarrassing the dirty DNC in Florida, Colorado, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Mexico (pending)... Where are the real issues? Nader has declared this week's focus on the corporate crime wave within big business... stay tuned...

How to Win Enemies and Influence People

Ralph Nader’s Campaign Victories — A Mid-Campaign Assessment
By Greg Bates

On September 14, 2004, nearly 80 leaders out of 113 who backed Nader in 2000 signed a petition urging people to vote for John Kerry. Many are luminaries of the left—Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Susan Sarandon, Studs Terkel and many others. But contrary to initial appearances, I believe this signals a major coup for Nader. His efforts may be losing him some friends, but a close analysis of this petition shows how he is nonetheless altering the political landscape for the better. The petition reads:

“We, the undersigned, were selected by Ralph Nader to be members of his 113-person national ‘Nader 2000 Citizens Committee.’ This year, we urge support for Kerry/Edwards in all swing states, even while we strongly disagree with Kerry’s policies on Iraq and other issues. For people seeking progressive social change in the United States, removing George W. Bush from office should be the top priority in the 2004 presidential election. Progressive votes for John Kerry in swing states may prove decisive in attaining this vital goal.”

Calling this a Nader victory reminds me of that joke about the Marxist facing the firing squad. As the marksmen took aim, his last words were “This is just a momentary setback for the revo—”.

How could such a devastating abandonment of Nader’s efforts be seen as his victory? Read on....

"We Are Not Secure"

Article outlines Kerry's position on Israel, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran & Syria...

Kerry's "Unwavering Commitment" to Securing a Middle East Realm

GARY LEUPP

Kofi Annan, who replaced Egypt's Boutros Boutros-Ghali as UN Secretary-General in 1996 (due solely to a U.S. veto of a second Boutros-Ghali term, probably resulting from the secretary-general's support for Palestine) has for the last eight years avoided antagonizing the sole remaining superpower. But even the soft-spoken, controversy-shy, aristocratic Ghanaian recently told the BBC that the U.S. invasion of Iraq was "illegal." Read On...

Monday, September 20, 2004

Moore on Kerry:

Michael Moore in his own words:

"If I hear one more person tell me how lousy a candidate Kerry is and how he can't win... Dammit, of COURSE he's a lousy candidate -- he's a Democrat, for heavens sake! That party is so pathetic, they even lose the elections they win!

read on...

Democrats Unite Against.... Nader?!?

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Courtesy of Khalil Bendib, all rights reserved.

http://www.bendib.com

Sunday, September 19, 2004

Victories

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Abolitionist Sojurner Truth

While much of the Anybody but Bush crowd continue their Nader/Camejo bashing - the campaign keeps on going with a perseverance (Muslims might consider the Quranic word sabr) - that is exemplary.

Greg Bates lists just a few of the important victories so far:

1. Had a string of small victories from debating Dean, to pushing for electoral reform, to pressuring Kerry and ratcheting up the attack on Bush. Then Nader helped to fundamentally alter the political landscape by accomplishing the following:

2. Created a widely accepted distinction between voting in swing and safe states;

3. Shown the importance of running in swing states, a fact separate from what voters in those states choose to do;

4. By example egged on the Green Party to get in the harness and run;

5. Exposed John Kerry for who he is and helped make criticism of his policies a pervasive part of political discourse;

6. Exposed Democratic leaders' opposition to democracy by showing they want to limit voter choice-and in the process revealed how little faith Democrats have in their candidate's ability to win an election by appealing to the voters;

7. By showing that the Democrats are losing constituents as the party moves right, Nader is helping to ignite reform efforts inside the Democratic Party that are taking place after the primaries;

8. And has stood his ground until some of his critics shifted focus to pursuing goals he shared.

Read complete article here

To the above we also add that Ralph Nader and Peter Camejo have brought to the forefront the important issues of Palestine, the war, and civil rights for all, but especially Arab and Muslim Americans.

These issues would have not been raised because of the failed strategy of "anybody but bush" that chose silence and support of a war candidate over a peace candidate.

Thank you Ralph Nader and Peter Camejo, and all those participating in this important campaign for peace and justice!

In their own words:

"Growing the Greens" by David Cobb 7/20/2004:

Green Pres. Candidate David Cobb: "In the battleground states that will decide the election, we understand if you won't vote for our ticket this time. That's OK."

Ralph Nader: "The only difference between the Republican and Democratic parties is the velocities with which their knees hit the floor when corporations knock on their door. That's the only difference."

Interview with Michael Albert at Z-Net:

David Cobb: "I am not very concerned with my vote total."

WisPolitics - 9/18/2004:

I’m in it to win it,” Cobb said. “Do not vote for John Kerry. Vote for David Cobb. And with the greatest of respect, do not vote for Ralph Nader. The Nader candidacy will be over on November 3rd. But the Green Party will still be here.”

Green VP Candidate Pat LaMarche : "If the race is tight, I'll vote for Kerry," LaMarche said. "I love my country. But we should ask them that, because if Dick Cheney loved his country, he wouldn't be voting for himself."

Jeffrey St. Clair on LaMarche/Cobb voting Kerry: "This is the sound a political party makes as it commits suicide."

LaMarche: "I want to reassure all members of the Green Party that, on November 2nd, I will be voting Cobb/LaMarche."

Interview with Brad Carlton of the Baltimore Chronicle and Sentinel:

David Cobb: "And the way that I think we can accomplish both my primary goal and as well as the secondary is to target the very finite resources of candidate time and money into those states which I call the 'safe' states, or the states that are not in play."

Jeffrey St Clair on 'safe' voting: "Safe? Safe for whom? Not for Afghan or Iraqi citizens. Not for US troops. Not for the detainees at Gitmo, Bagram or Abu Ghraib. Not for migrant farm laborers or steelworkers. Not for the welfare mother or the 2 million souls rotting in American prisons. Not for the spotted owl, the streams of Appalachia or the rainforests of Alaska. Not for the residents of Cancer Alley or the peasants of Colombia or teen age girls slaving away in Nike's toxic Indonesia sneaker mills. Not for the Palestinians."

Ralph Nader
: "If you're trying to build a political movement, you don't turn your backs on people who happen to live in so-called close states," Nader said. "Our plan is to get as many votes nationally as possible.


Ralph Nader: "We're campaigning all-out."


Ralph Nader: As for the Green Party, he said, "I wish them well."


Interview with Judy Woodruff - CNN - 6/29/2004:

David Cobb: "[My campaign] is a nuanced strategy."

David Cobb: “[Voters] are not voting for John Kerry,” Cobb said. “They’re voting against George Bush.”

Ralph Nader: "I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers."

David Cobb: “What other people call spoiling,” he said, I call participating and advocating an aggressive agenda.”

Ralph Nader: "Turn on to politics... or politics will turn on you."