RALPH NADER & REFORM PARTY - Mitch Perry06/23/04
Today the Green Party convention began in Milwaukee...
On Monday, Nader named Green Party member Peter Camejo as his running mate.
The drama in Milwaukee this week is whether the Green Party will endorse the Nader/Camejo ticket, though the 70 year old consumer advocate has consistently said he is NOT seeking its nomination.
Because of the Greens showing in the 2000 election, the party now has access to 23 state ballots...
Earlier this year, the Reform Party, created by Ross Perot in the 1990's, formally endorsed Nader as ITS presidential candidate.
The Reform Party has access to 7 state ballots this presidential year, including here in Florida.
Reform Party National Chairman Shawn O' Hara told WMNF today that after the Reform Party's convention in August, Nader's name will definitely be on the Florida Presidential Ballot this November. (roll tape#1 o.q."3rd week of August")
O' Hara says the Reform Party Convention will take place either in Colorado or Iowa.
The Reform Party says, complying with Florida law, they will submit Ralph Nader's name on their Ballot line to the Secretary of State's office by September 1st.
He says he is working on possibly getting Nader on 3 or 4 additional state as the Reform Party candidate by this fall.
And O'Hara is optimistic about the Green Party nominating Nader this week, saying it will benefit him, and thus the Reform Party (roll tape#2 o.q."everyone")
The Reform Party was created in 1992 by Ross Perot, and did spectacularly well for a 3rd Party in recent political history, at least on the Presidential level. Perot at one point led both George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton in polls in 1992, before quitting the race, then coming back.....He garnered 18.9 percent of the national vote.....Perot ran again in 1996, not doing nearly so well....In 2000, the Reform Party was split apart in a bitter battle that saw Pat Buchanon supported by some members of the party,and Russ Verney by others.
Reform Party Chairman Shawn O'Hara defines what he says the Reform Party stands for in 2004 (roll tape#3 o.q."destroy all countries") .
OUTRO: This afternoon a spokeswoman for the Florida's Secretary of State office told WMNF, that current statute would usually prohibit a candidate from being listed twice on the state ballot, meaning that regardless of what happens with the Green Party this week,
Ralph Nader's name will be on the ballot once, under the Reform Party (roll tape#1 o.q."in each case individually") That was Jenny Nash from the Florida Secretary of state's office.