Greens, progressives pack theatre for Presidential Debate, hear 5 hopefuls and Ralph Nader talk about 'hope,' ending Iraq war
GREEN PARTY OF CALIFORNIA NEWS RELEASE
SAN FRANCISCO (January 14, 2008) - Those on the Green Party Presidential Ballot - speaking at a Green Party Presidential Debate here late Sunday before a near-capacity crowd of about 850 at the Herbst Theater - repeatedly asked progressives to work together to end the Iraq War now, enact universal single payer healthcare and fix global warming.
Those taking the stage called for "hope," and included five candidates: Democratic Party Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, "hip-hop" scholar and professor Dr. Jared Ball, actor/producer Jesse Johnson, environmental engineer Kent Mesplay and political activist Kat Swift. Four-time Presidential candidate Ralph Nader also spoke, but has not declared his candidacy. Independent Congressional candidate Cindy Sheehan was the moderator.
"The success of this event, organized in just a few weeks during the holidays, indicates voters, especially progressives, are turning away from phony progressives, and are looking for new choices. Our Presidential field is very diverse, with two women, two African-Americans and at least one with Native American ancestry," said Cres Vellucci, GPCA Press Secretary.
Among the comments by those on the ballot were:
After about 20 primaries in the next six months, Greens will hold a national nominating convention in Chicago in July where they will choose their Presidential candidate.
The Green Party of California