Message - Nader Says He's Staying in Race
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Posted by  Unnamed Mailer on October 23, 2000 at 01:09:20:

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Personally I think Nader _should_ tell his supporters in the close states of Oregon, Washington, Michigan and Florida to vote for Al Gore.

Voting is not just a philosophical exercise. It is a practical, tactical exercise of personal power -- it always has been, and that's how it is designed to be -- so please choose to use your personal power effectively! Oregon voters, please support the author of "Lives in the Balance", one of the best environmental candidates the mainstream has ever offered us -- and make the most effective vote you can against the Big Oil ticket.

Oregonians, Vote for Al Gore!



Excite News Article (http://news.excite.com/news/ap/001022/01/us-nader)

Nader Says He's Staying in Race

By SCOTT LINDLAW, Associated Press Writer

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Green Party presidential candidate Ralph
Nader rejected calls from a dozen of his longtime fellow activists
that he rethink his campaign because he could cost Democrat Al Gore
the election.

Twelve old "Nader's Raiders" urged Nader on Friday to drop out
of the White House race in states where Gore is in close fights
with Republican George W. Bush.

"There's a dozen former Nader's Raiders out of several thousand
who decided to raise this point," Nader said Saturday at a news
conference preceding a rally that arena officials said drew more
than 6,000 people.

"I think they're well-intentioned but frightened liberals who
sided with the lesser of two evils," Nader said of the dozen, who
call themselves "Nader's Raiders for Gore."

Some of the dozen have in recent years gone into corporate
employment or work for the government, and don't understand that
times have changed for consumer activists, he said.

"We can't get done what we got done when they were working with
us," because of "big money in politics and the increasing
homogenization of both parties into one party indentured to
business interests," Nader said.

The critics also said Nader broke a promise to campaign only in
states where his candidacy would not hurt Gore's chances for

Nader denied ever making such a promise, and made plain he
intends to press on with his campaign nationwide, if only to build
a viable third party for the future.

"This is a 50-state campaign," he said.

Later at a rally, Nader offered supporters a glimpse of
government under his leadership.

"We've got to go back to the people of this country and build
the civic power that we'll (bring) back to Washington and take our
government back and bend it to our will," he said.

Nader said the Democratic Party assumes that its liberal base
has "got nowhere else to go."

"That's quite a choice for the American people, between the bad
Democratic Party and the worse Republicans," he said. "I think we
need a better choice than that."


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