LOCAL GREEN PARTY REACTION AT MILWAUKEE CONVENTION - Mitch Perry

06/25/04

At their state convention earlier this year, the Florida Green Party was roughly split between those delegates who didn’t think the Party should nominate ANYBODY this year, vs. those who supported Ralph Nader to be their standard bearer.

In Milwaukee, there has been much discussed regarding the dividing philosophies of the 2 major candidates…..David Cobb says he wants to transform the Greens into a potent force in American politics. And the way to accomplish that, he says, is to have a committed party member promoting its message and cultivating its grass roots.

While Ralph Nader is seeking the party's endorsement as part of his effort to reshape the country's political landscape into one where multiple parties can thrive.

Mark Kamleiter is a spokesperson for the Florida Green Party, and an attorney in St. Petersburg….Speaking from Milwaukee from the Convention, he said speaking personally that both those ideas can happen through either candidate (roll tape#1 o.q.� And that sort of thing�)

Nader's campaign is working to put him on as many state ballots as possible, regardless of the impact on the Democratic campaign against Bush.

Cobb's campaign, would target the roughly 40 states not labeled as battlegrounds - what many have termed a "safe state" strategy.

In states viewed as tossups, Cobb would urge progressives to vote their consciences, whether that means Sen. John F. Kerry, the presumed Democratic nominee, or a more left-leaning alternative.

As to who may end up getting the endorsement - Not the nomination - from the Greens this weekend, Florida Green Party spokesman Mark Kamleiter says he’s not willing to wager a bet (roll tape#2 o.q.�on the national level�)

David Cobb goes into Saturday's convention with an edge in delegate support. Party officials say that of roughly 400 votes needed to win the nomination, he has about 240. But supporters of Ralph Nader’s VP selection, Peter Camejo, say there about 115 that will swing to the Nader/Camejo ticket.

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