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Nader taps Pete Camejo for VP slot

Ralph has named Pete Camejo as his running mate for the 2004 elections. This pretty much guarantees that Ralph will get the Green party endorsement even though he’s running as an independent. Camejo was the Green Party candidate for Governor in California during last years recall, and is the most high profile Green on the national scene.

I think this is a win for the Greens, as they will now have a higher profile in this election than they would have otherwise. I think it's ultimately a negative for Kerry, as Nader will draw more liberal votes away from Kerry than he will conservative votes from Bush (assuming you buy his argument that he appeals to conservatives as much as he does liberals). I think Camejo is a powerful speaker for the Greens and will represent us well in his role.

The real question, of course, is which states will Nader and Camejo focus their efforts? As an independent, Ralph can of course campaign anywhere he wants, but will be most effective in campaigning in states where he has an organization behind him. The Green Party has ballot access in Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, Wisconsin and Washington, D.C. Of those states, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, and Wisconson are all battlefield states. If Nader focuses his efforts in those states, it will have an impact on the outcome of the election. Perhaps not as much as he would like (or the Dems would fear), but certainly a measurable impact.

I can vote for Nader as a write in here in Missouri, but that seems fairly pointless as he won't get enough votes here for it to make any sort of impact.

Posted by rev_matt_y at June 22, 2004 1:55 PM