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Nambe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 03:16 PM
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Green Party faction wants McKinney for president in 2004
Cox News Service


A faction of the Green Party is rallying support for former Democratic Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, who represented Georgia's 4th District, to become the party's candidate for president in 2004.

An Internet site -- www.votemckinney.org -- has been created by a committee of Greens "who have a deep and enduring respect for Ralph Nader but do not take it for granted that he will be our candidate for the president next time around." ---

Jane Hunter, a delegate from New Jersey and co-chair of the party's 2004 Presidential Exploratory Committee, called McKinney "a very Green friend." But McKinney has not officially expressed interest in a Green nomination, she said.

Baker said Nader is still the most favored of six possible candidate nominees.

A poll of Green Party members ranked McKinney as their second choice to head the 2004 ticket.

Marc Reichardt, chair of the Michigan Green Party, worries that the party could become too closely linked to Nader.

"I think would be brilliant," he said. "Being African-American and a woman . . . I think that's a barrier we would like to break down, see crossed, pushed and forgotten about."

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Elidor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 03:24 PM
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1. Dayyam
McKinney could really draw a lot of people from the Dem base. I love her and respect her, but frankly, I'd much rather see the Greens pick a proven loser like Nader for this upcoming election cycle. I don't want to see McKinney thrown away on a fight she cannot win. The time is not right for this. Job number one is defeat Bush. If the Greens really push their candidate in this election to the exclusion of common sense, they will alienate many Dems even more than they have already. I'm not one of the Green-bashers, I'll always respect their right to dance to their own tune, but this is not good news to me.
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silverweb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 04:35 PM
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7. Very impractical.
A waste of time, energy, and money.

Job #1 is to get the current administration out and the Greens can NOT do that on their own.

I don't care how wonderful a candidate they run, a Green candidate will not win the White House and the only real effect will be to split the liberal vote again. Why don't they get that?

:eyes:

Greens would be a whole lot wiser to build their base at the local and state levels for some time yet, with an eye to the long-term future. Anything else is self defeating.

:hippie:
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goobergunch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 03:44 PM
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2. McKinney is expected to primary Majette...
I'm rooting for her there. I don't think she's going to run for POTUS.
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onehandle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 04:01 PM
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4. I hope she goes up against Majette....
Or any Democrat with balls.

Since the GOP elected Majette here in my district I haven't heard a word about her. McKinney constantly produced results and communicated her ideas and progress to the district.

For all I know Majette is pushing a broom in DC.

If McKinney did go Green, she might as well push that same damn broom.
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bushisanidiot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 03:52 PM
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3. Looks Like the Greens Want 4 more years of AWOL
in office. Guess they like those repuke campaign donations and want to use them.
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Iverson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 05:04 PM
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8. simply wrong
I'm sure that you'll get fine accolades for the blanket insult toward Greens while your party pushes presidential candidates who stand "shoulder-to-shoulder" with Bush on his pre-emptive invasion. However, reason tells us that one party's agenda is actually dissimilar to the Republicans', and it's not your party, bub.

Next time your preferred party joins hands with the Repukes to keep Green voices silent, remember this.
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joshcryer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 04:13 PM
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5. Oh lordy.
That's all I got to say about that.
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KG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 04:33 PM
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6. dupe
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NewJerseyDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 05:49 PM
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9. Kucinich and Natural Law Party?
I heard about this and I think that it too is a possibility that could pull off a lot of voters.

I saw on politics1.com that the Natural Law party is endorsing Dennis Kucinich and may try to run him in the general election if he loses the democratic primary. Does anyone know anything else about this and does anyone think that he would run even if lost the demcoratic nomination?

And if he did run on a third party ticket would you vote for him over the Democrats, particularly Lieberman?
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Herschel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 07:28 PM
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10. She is an anti-semite
And should not be considered by any party.
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varun Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 09:06 PM
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11. that she is
she is anti Jewish..and has some crazy ideas about 911 and Gaddafi...

I once liked her for her pro gay record (a lonely voice in Georgia)....but she has squandered the goodwill with her crazy ideas.
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Jim Sagle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 09:26 PM
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12. Hey, the Dems are a big tent, doncha know?
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Julien Sorel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-21-03 12:01 AM
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18. Prove that she is an anti-semite.
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Tinoire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-21-03 12:50 AM
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19. No proof- just baseless accusations
The smear campaign continues.

It's 24-hour a day job not allowing much time for thought and justification.

The MO is to run from one thread to the next screeching McKinney is an Anti-Semite in one sentence posts and disappearing when you're proven wrong.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

Nobody takes this claims seriously anymore.
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realFedUp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 09:29 PM
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13. Why don't they run someone who is actually a Green
maybe because none of the Greens have high profiles...Nader
and McKinney, while interesting, aren't really Greens.
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bluestateguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 10:01 PM
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14. Well
Hopefully the McKinneyites and the Naderites will hack away at each other, thus tearing the Green Party apart. We can only hope.
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R Hickey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 10:23 PM
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15. Buchanan should try to get the nomination, the way he did with Perot's
Reform Party.

-Pat Bucanan/2004- "Ride your horses to the sound of the firing, and Vote Green!!"

We need a candidate to sap off GOP votes.

Someone should e-mail Buchannan, pretend to be a fan, and suggest that Pat consider running for President on the Green Party ticket.
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Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 11:43 PM
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17. LOL
Like Ralph he's just another :+
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tlb Donating Member (611 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 10:33 PM
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16. As politically tone-deaf as the Greens have been
I still can't believe they would seriously consider this anti-semite as their standard bearer. A faction may be pushing her now but I don't believe she ultimately will be on the ticket.

Just for a change of pace maybe they will consider an actual Green next time.
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Tanketra Donating Member (122 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-21-03 02:32 AM
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20. Let's see ...
She was a Democrat, but got jilted by her own party in favor of an ostensible "moderate".

Sounds like the average Green voter to me ...

And McKinney's no more an anti-Semite than Joe Lieberman is in cahoots with the Cheneys.

That said, I think the Greens would find her a lot less "energizing" a presidential candidate than they might think. She's probably better off trying to get her House seat back from the chair-warmer.
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newyawker99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-21-03 01:49 PM
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21. dupe
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...


I am locking this one.


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