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Strange Candidates

People out of the loop seem to think about Nader when they hear talk of someone running outside the “2-party system”. As is typical though, there are dozens of candidates running for president in 2004. They are mostly average people it seems. Some are more well known that others. There is David Cobb for the Greens. There is Michael Badnarik for the Libertarians. There is even Michael Peroutka for the Constitution party. Then there is Leonard Peltier.

I didn’t know a candidate could run while he was serving two life-sentences for the murder of FBI agents, did you? I guess it’s possible. At least the Peace & Freedom Party thinks so. Leonard Peltier is of course the subject of a much debated murder case involving the shooting of two FBI agents in 1975. The Native American activist and former leader of the American Indian Movement currently resides in a Leavenworth, Kansas prison. There is a growing movement to have Peltier acquitted of the crimes he was convicted of.

It gets stranger than that though. Leonard Peltier isn’t even the only presidential candidate for the party who is currently serving a life-sentence for murder. But if Peltier could face off with one other candidate of equal status, who would it be? You guessed it. None other than Mumia Abu-Jamal, who is serving a similar sentence for a similar crime. Mumia was defeated in the primaries though and is no longer being considered for president. Maybe vice-president? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. The Peace & Freedom Party convention runs July 31 to August 1.

And Americans thought Nader was the strange candidate?

Posted by Adam Ducker at July 30, 2004 12:50 PM