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Nader vows to crash "corrupt" debate
03 Oct 2000
Ralph Nader will attend tonight's presidential debate in Boston. At least, he has a ticket. At a 5:30 press conference at Harvard Law School, from which Nader graduated in 1956, the Green Party presidential candidate displayed a ticket to the Bush-Gore debate that had been given to him by Todd Tavares, a political science junior at Boston's Northeastern University. (more)
Nader vows to crash "corrupt" debate

Ralph Nader will attend tonight's presidential debate in Boston.

At least, he has a ticket. At a 5:30 press conference at Harvard Law School, from which Nader graduated in 1956, the Green Party presidential candidate displayed a ticket to the Bush-Gore debate that had been given to him by Todd Tavares, a political science junior at Boston's Northeastern University. According to Tavares, he was assured on Thursday by debate organizers that all ticket holders would be admitted to tonight's event, at the John F. Kennedy Library near the campus of the University of Massachusetts-Boston. "I intend to be in the audience," said Nader. "We'll see if they come up with another way to keep me out."

Tavares, when asked if the regretted giving up "the chance of a lifetime" to attend the debate, said, "This is a small sacrifice for the good of the nation."

"I'll be in there, and there won't be a U Mass-Boston student in sight," said Nader, referring to the largely working-class commuter university that has been shut down for two days because of the debates. "I'll be surrounded by corporate executives and their families. But it won't matter. This event is the ultimate kamikaze dive of a corrupt two-party system."

Nader portrayed the two candidates and the event's organizing committee, the Commission on Presidential Debates, as corrupt agents corporate power. "This so-called 'debate' will be nothing but a question-and-answer session," said Nader. "It will not address the problem of the concentration of wealth and power in too few hands, and away from the people who do the work--the workers, consumers, taxpayers, and voters. Not one question to Mr. Bush or Mr. Gore will ask how they will transfer this corporate power to the people."

"Our country is more important than their sleazy fundraisers and their sleazy debate commissions," said Nader. The Committee on Presidential Debates is a private corporation under the directorship of representatives of the Democratic and Republican parties. "This is the last four-year election that a corrupt commission will deny a real debate to tens of millions of American voters," he promised.

But the federal courts have not helped so far. Nader said he was unaware of a federal ruling, issued today, against the petition of Libertarian Party candidate Harry Browne to participate in the debates. An earlier federal lawsuit by Nader, challenging the debate as a form of illegal corporate campaign contribution, was dismissed. It is now on appeal.

When asked what issues should be addressed, Nader rattled off without pausing for breath, "Full funding of elections. An end to corporate welfare. Fraud and abuse in government contracting. Ending oppressive labor laws that keep workers from organizing. The corporatization of universities. The need for regulation of biotechnology. Withdrawal from the World Trade Organization and NAFTA until fair and enforceable reciprocal agreements protecting the rights of average people have been made. Doing away with the Commission on Presidential Debates. For starters."

Nader, his running mate Winona LaDuke of Minnesota, and the Green Party promise to institute universal, accessible health insurance for all Americans now; end corporate welfare; empower working people by, among other measures, repealing the Taft-Hartley Act of 1947; and ending what they call "cash register politics" funded by corporations and the rich.

Nader said he favors the federal recent approval of RU-486, the so-called "morning-after" abortifacient, and would fund its use under his party's health care plan.
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Morning After vs. RU-486
03 Oct 2000
This comment is in regards to the statement made at the end of the article about Nader attending the debates.

RU-486 and the 'morning after' pill are not the same thing. The 'morning after' pill has been available for a while in the US and is about the equivalent of taking a handful of birth control pills. It only works within the first 48 hours. RU-486 is an abortion pill that terminates a pregnancy into the second trimester.

julie keenan
CHASH the Gates
03 Oct 2000
Members of the Green Party of Ohio want Ralph when President to Repeal the unconstitutional Federal Reserve Act of 1913 and put its workings under the auspices of the Federal Government. We want the money monopoly taken away from the swindling money lenders.
Also. that we to eliminate the Senates ability to present bills (they must present them to a House member), as well as to override a passage of a bill. The idea that is a "balance of power" is double speak. The Senate constitutes a much less representative ratio than the House.
Further, when there is proportional representation in the House, that there be no presidential Veto.
Further yet, we want all Supreme Court decisions to be allowed to be overruled by a simple majority (51%) of the House.
Lastly, to cap profits of corporations.(corporate charter reform) This will end the illicit "silent monopolies" and their price gouging. Vote your heart and mind--VOTE RALPH!
ru-486
03 Oct 2000
I believe ru-486 can only terminate a pregnancy up until the seventh week, not the second trimester. Quite a big difference.
DEBATES
04 Oct 2000
Thanks for covering Ralph! Great article today!

I'm sorry your web page takes so long to load.....

Keep up the great work!!!

Scott
The debate commission should be ashamed
05 Oct 2000
The debate commission first shamefully shutting Ralph Nader out of participating in the debates, and then, shutting him out from even sitting in is disgraceful. America, land of the monied-interests, home of the corporate controlled media.
Ralph Nader is an American hero. He is honorable, and deserves better treatment. Gore and Bush are prostitutes and should not be treated like stars.