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A Green Party candidate would be very different from a Democrat or Republican and should be heard.
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A lot of personal things, which have to do with my mother and other issues that I have to deal with. So I don't feel in a position to just take off again and run for another year.
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A society that will send a person to jail for life for cheating on a DMV test because he wanted a driver's license for his cousin. He faked he was his cousin to try to get him a driver's license.
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All electoral laws in Europe are more democratic than they are in the United States.
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And then the decision when he wouldn't follow orders from Washington, to go to war against Iraq, is an additional crime against the Iraqi people.
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Because first we put Saddam Hussein against them, a murderer and torturer, as George Bush says, without ever explaining, of course, that politically we supported Saddam Hussein.
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Because the obvious solution is the same solution we have in every city in America, you have a runoff. You have a runoff, so people are free to vote for who they want.
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But there are hundreds of thousands of young people, especially in America, our vote is heavily weighed towards younger people, who will say 'You know what, I'm fed up with all of this.'
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Deep down, the Iraqi people want the United States out. And their self-determination should be respected.
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Everyone liked me in the nationally-televised debates, but that went for everybody - Republicans, Democrats, Greens, everybody.
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First, I want to thank you for making the question three issues, because there's two that will make me sound like that's all I'm thinking about. But one of them, of course is the war in Iraq, the other one is the Patriot Act.
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Force George Bush not just to answer how can he can justify the CIA and himself and his political party, and the U.S. government, supporting a torturer and murderer for decades in Iraq.
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George Bush's family, for gosh sakes, has been in business deals with this specific family for like, forever.
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Given that situation, he felt it was necessary to declare that he was going to run as an independent.
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He has a great supportive feeling towards the Green Party; he has been one of the greatest helpers in building and recruiting to the Green Party.
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His father in 1990 even sent a message to Iraq, saying what a good job Saddam Hussein was doing. This is after he used poison gas on his people.
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I am not going to be a candidate for the Green Party in the presidential race.
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I am playing a role in helping to get the options up and to participate in the discussion.
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I believe the effort to stop terrorism and to protect our homeland is primary political, economic, and diplomatic, not just military as Ashcroft and Bush represent it.
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I can assure you that after these debates it's probably 90 percent of the people, at least in California and probably nationally, that will want the Green Party candidate in the debates.
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I don't think Bush will have 7 million Democrats vote for him, like he did last time. And, of course, he lost the vote last time.
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I feel that it is imperative that we have a strong voice in this campaign and I feel the attacks against us, especially coming from liberal Democrats but I think they have it exactly backwards.
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I have a lot of respect for David, and if for some reason we end up running David Cobb, I will be there to help him in whatever way I can.
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I have an important role to play here in California to take that victory that we are developing here and to continue it.
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I lean towards endorsement and support of Ralph Nader.
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I look forward to David Cobb being a candidate for the Greens but maybe not for president. I do believe that it would be better to work closely with Ralph for one last time, rather than have David Cobb represent us.
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I made the point that the wealthiest one percent, which has the same income as 75 percent of the people, has a 57 percent lower tax rate for state and local taxes, than the poorest 20 percent.
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I really think the Patriot Act violates our Constitution. It was, it is, an illegal act. The Congress, the Senate and the president cannot change the Constitution.
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I think a little mythology has developed around me that somehow if I run, you know, it will be wonderful.
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I think extremely highly of David Cobb. He's energetic, extremely articulate and a strong supporter of the Green Party.
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I think it would be harder to raise money this year, I think it will be harder for us to get a higher vote, but that depends a lot on how the campaign develops.
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I think there's a possibility, in spite of the enormous money that Bush is getting that he will lose this election.
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I think what Ralph Nader has said has been partially misunderstood.
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I wanted to have a way for Greens at each state to be able to vote for delegates that go uncommitted to the national convention so that we can figure out what is best for the party in June.
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I was the candidate first time a Green or any progressive third party has ever been in a national televised debate. I was in five of them. And the response from the public was overwhelming.
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I will not run, and I do believe that if Nader should choose not to, that the highest probability at this point would be that David Cobb would become the candidate of the Green Party.
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I won't run for a combination of reasons, some of them are personal. I mean you know, I've been out campaigning without stop for two years.
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I would bring the troops home immediately and I would be supportive of having a generally free election in Iraq. Which probably will lead to a government that a lot of Americans won't like.
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I'm not one of these multi-millionaires, as some people think, and I have to work for a living. I have obligations; I also have a lot of family obligations.
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I'm not running for president. I'm only a favorite son in California and have allowed my name to be put on the ballot in several states.
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I'm very strong on this because there's even some Greens who think it would be best that we don't run. But I think that would be a huge mistake.
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If the Democrats can't even come out for free elections, I'm not going to vote for them ever again.
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If the United States were for democracy in those states, where it totally influences and it has the leadership doing whatever it wants, it would be pushing hard for democracy.
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It obviously has changed, everybody knows it, every Democrat or Republican, and it was almost all of them, knew they were carrying out an illegal act in violation of the law.
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It's a chance for citizens to tell the world, tell the rest of the nation, tell the other citizens, where they stand. And those who decide to vote for a third party are sending a very powerful message.
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It's a sick society; its values have been totally well this is a violation of the Constitution, no question of that in my mind.
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Many favor Ralph Nader, others want David Cobb and are considering other alternatives.
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Much of what we see in America, what most people feel has been progress and good things, have been brought about by the existence of third parties.
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No one in their right mind can say to me with a straight face that the Patriot Act has not aggregated the Fourth Amendment.
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Now, what we're doing is taxing the American people to give huge finances to American corporations and so repair is being done in Iraq but at the expense of the American people.
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Of course, usually the Republicans primarily, but also Democrats would go into courts and have the elections thrown out whenever third parties won.
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Our election could almost guarantee, immediately, that there would be no terrorist attack because our policy would be not be exploitive, abusive and we would show respect, not only to Muslims but toward all the countries of the Middle East.
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Perhaps it would completely change the nature of those debates to have someone who would be saying the kinds of things that I'm saying in this interview in those debates.
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Ralph raised about $8 million for his presidential race four years ago.
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So after doing that horrible thing we commit another horrible thing.
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So on many issues, whether it be universal health care, a whole series of issues about human rights in the United States. America's the only industrialized country with a death penalty on all of these issues.
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So we're working on ballot status, but in some states it's very difficult given how reactionary the laws are to try to prevent third parties from existing.
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So, this to me is the second most. The third issue is the whole issue of the economy.
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Taxes are going up, but on the poor and the middle classes. They're not going up for the rich they're going down for the rich.
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The CIA worked very closely with them and United States supported Saddam Hussein at every level - gave him arms, gave him money, gave him political backing, the military helped him; none of this is really fully understood by the American people.
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The concept of privatizing their oil is beyond belief. That is something the Iraqi people will have to decide, if they want to do that or not. That is not something an occupying army can decide.
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The Green Party has a very complex situation in 2004.
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The Green Party represents that majority point of view within the U.S.
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The Greens have every right to run, that's what democracy is, and they should argue their point by saying how they think people should vote, not by telling us to be silent.
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The one poll that was taken showed 69 percent of the people, and this was before the debates, wanted me in the debate.
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The U.S. is trying to set up a puppet government. The problem they are having is there are very few puppets around in Iraq.
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The United States is not for democracy in Iraq, it's for setting up a puppet government.
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There's 3,000 people who lost their lives because of these kinds of policies. And they cannot just walk away with it because news organizations refuse to bring this out and let the people know about it.
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These massive deficits that Bush is running are terrible and of course the byproduct of the military expenditures.
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They wouldn't have voted for the abolitionists, they would have voted for the two parties that supported slavery.
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They wouldn't have voted for the populists who fought for the rights of people and won over many states.
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Think of what we would think in America if a foreign nation had come to occupy us and was telling us what to do and what sort of elections we should have, which had supported a dictator for years?
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This has left a totally different mood there, which we need to overcome.
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This will be a very important campaign.
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U.S. troops out of Iraq and some sense of responsibility to help overcome the enormous destruction that we have done in that nation through the bombings and destruction of their infrastructure.
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Unfortunately, the Democrats and Republicans have made it difficult to get on the ballot in many states, it's been part of their anti-democratic process not to allow free elections in America.
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We are seeing more and more money come into our campaigns our campaigns now raise more money than ever before.
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We are trying to build an alternative party with a different vision and to do that you need to have your voice be heard. And I don't think anybody could represent us better, in this campaign, than Ralph Nader.
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We don't agree with George Bush and I think millions and millions of Americans don't agree with George Bush, tens of millions. And the fact that we run, many people will say, 'Since we don't have free elections here.
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We don't have a runoff, even though I want to vote for the Greens, I'm going to vote Democrat.
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We must have a fair tax in the United States. We have to re-adjust it, we must be fiscally responsible.
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We should be giving those contracts to companies from the Arab world. To show that we really want to help that community not rip it off.
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We would really fight to give justice to the Palestinians, and of course, protecting the rights of the people of Israel.
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We're absolutely in defense of the Eighth Amendment; therefore we're against three strikes.
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We've bombed that country for 10 years, then we invade it and we have a military dictatorship with the mass of the people in Iraq demonstrating asking for free elections, which the United States won't let them have.
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Well there is a 'draft Camejo' Web site and I've come under enormous pressure from inside the Green Party.
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What Ralph said was, 'I can't agree with the way you're handling it, I need to get out there and tell people and I want to be sure,' in case he should lose among the delegation, which I don't think could happen, but you can't rule it out of course.
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What Ralph, very correctly, said was you can't hold a convention in June under the framework in which it was established.
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Where he wanted to run, he wants to consider running, he feels he has to make his decision much earlier. He's trying to reach out to people beyond the Greens, on many crucial issues, such as civil rights and civil liberties against the Patriot Act.
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You know, I don't know if you know, but in California a man was just given 25 years to life, for cheating on a DMV test.
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