Sunday, November 2, 2008



Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator, 202-518-5624, cell 202-904-7614,

Starlene Rankin, Media Coordinator, 916-995-3805,



Greens appeal to progressive, independent, antiwar voters: invest your

vote in McKinney & Clemente on Election Day


• Greens promote ten videos of McKinney speaking on major issues;

Green leaders stress ‘Green Imperative’ of building a progressive US



• Obama doesn’t represent the views of millions of his own supporters

who want real change in US politics; voters who seek a permanent

alternative to two-party politics should vote for Green McKinney

instead of independent Nader



WASHINGTON, DC — Green Party leaders are urging progressive,

independent, and antiwar voters to invest their votes in a growing

progressive, antiwar party on Election Day 2008 by voting for the

Green Party presidential ticket: Cynthia McKinney for President, Rosa

Clemente for Vice President.


Greens are making a special appeal to Obama and Nader supporters to

vote for the ‘Green Imperative’ on November 4.  Ms. McKinney is

currently featured in ten online videos in which she details her

positions on major issues, including corporate bailouts, foreign

policy, health care, the rights of Katrina survivors, and the Green

challenge to two-party dominance.  Links to the clips are listed

below. Millions of Americans who favor the Green Party’s positions on the

wars, health care, global warming, and other important issues plan to

vote for Barack Obama, who doesn’t share their views.  It’s not enough

just to defeat John McCain and the GOP agenda,” said Green vice

presidential candidate Rosa Clemente.


“Democrats have retreated over and over and voted for Bush-Cheney

policies — war funding, the unconstitutional US Patriotic Act,

telecomm immunity, corporate handouts and taxbreaks, the death

penalty, record incarceration rates, and a $700 billion Wall Street

bailout that doesn’t help working Americans.  The only way to reverse

the dangerous direction of US politics is to build a real opposition

party.  Voting for Cynthia McKinney and Rosa Clemente will strengthen

a party that’s dedicated to ecological, antiwar, and truly democratic

values and doesn’t take money and orders from corporations,” Ms.

Clemente added.


Greens stressed that votes for the Green presidential candidates, as

well as for Green candidates for state and local office, will also

help some state Green Parties achieve or keep official party status in

their states.  For example, Iowa requires 2% in a presidential race to

maintain a party’s ballot line, Arkansas requires 3%, and Minnesota

and Rhode Island each require 5%.


Green Party leaders praised Ralph Nader for his strong political

positions and have argued for his inclusion in the presidential

debates (along with Ms. McKinney and other excluded candidates).  But

they said that votes for Mr. Nader would have no effect after Election

Day, since he’s running as an independent.  Mr. Nader’s Green run in

2000 helped put the Green Party on the political map, but his

independent campaigns in 2004 and 2008 leave no lasting legacy.


“A vote for the McKinney-Clemente ticket is an investment that will

continue to pay off as the Green Party grows and challenges bipartisan

corporate-money politics in the years to come.  A vote for an

independent like Ralph Nader is a valid protest vote, but does nothing

to establish a permanent political alternative.  The Nader campaign

will be over after Election Day, while the Green Party is a permanent

political fixture with the hope of achieving major party status in the

coming years,” said Sanda Everette, co-chair of the Green Party of the

United States.


Video clips: Cynthia McKinney on various issues, produced by Don DeBar

• Single Payer Health Care

• Sustainable Investment instead of Corporate Bailouts

• Green Values: Grassroots Democracy, Peace Social Justice,

Environmental Wisdom Green Party Seat At The Table will invite the Public

• The Two Party Paradigms

• Restore Our Constitutional Rights

• Rebuild the Economy with Energy Efficient Cars

• Bring All The Troops Home

• Katrina survivors right of return

• Oppose Africom





Green Party of the United States

202-319-7191, 866-41GREEN

Fax 202-319-7193

• Green candidate database for 2008 and other campaign information:

• Green Party News Center

• Green Party Speakers Bureau

• Green Party ballot access page

• 2008 Green candidates to watch


Cynthia McKinney/Rosa Clemente ‘Power to the People’ Campaign for the

White House


Cynthia McKinney on video

• interview, Oct. 19:

• Democracy Now! interview, Oct. 16:

• Music video:

Rosa Clemente on video

• Interview: Current TV/Rock the Vote



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