Friday, January 04, 2008

Ralph Nader, Cynthia McKinney, Other Greens to Debate

Antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan, along with Ross Mirkarimi and Matt Gonzalez, will be moderating the debate. Recent statement made by Cynthia McKinney: “We have a President who has misgoverned and a Congress that has refused to hold him accountable. It is a grave situation, and I believe the stakes for our country are high. President George W. Bush has failed to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States; he has failed to ensure that senior members of his administration do the same; and he has betrayed the trust of the American people.” Recent statement made by Ralph Nader: “Barack Obama has excluded himself from the progressive coalition by the statements he’s made, unfortunately. He’s a lot smarter than his public statements, which are extremely conciliatory to concentrated power and big business…The people of Iowa and New Hampshire have to ask themselves: who is going to fight for you…Edwards raises the question of the concentration of wealth and power in a few hands that are working against the majority of people.” Now people can hear these two, as well as Green Party presidential hopefuls Jared Ball and Kent Mesplay, at a debate to be held in San Francisco on Sunday, January 13. According to News Blaze: The first, and only, live debate between candidates on the Green Party’s California ballot for President of the United States featuring a former Democratic Party member of Congress, consumer protection icon, professor and environmental engineer is scheduled here January 13, said John Morton of the Green Party Presidential Debate Committee. The debate will be held Sunday, January 13 at 2 p.m. at the Herbst Theater/Veterans Memorial Building, 401 Van Ness Avenue. The debate will be sponsored by the Green Party of Alameda County, the San Francisco Green Party and the Sacramento County Green Party. Additional information is available here. UPDATE: According to Richard Winger, Nader will not actually be participating in the debate, but will be present at the event. The Alameda County Green Party lists Nader as one of four speakers at the time of this posting. Any clarification would be welcome.

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