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Former 2000 Green Party Presidential Candidate Ralph Nader Debates Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mi): On the Eve of the Mid-Term Elections a Discussion On Whether There Is a Difference Between the

November 04, 2002

The mid-term elections are less than 24 hours away. Voters will decide which party ­ Republican or Democrat ­ will control the House and the Senate.

Tomorrow, voters will elect all 435 members of the House of Representatives, one-third of the 100 members in the Senate, and 36 state governors.

In the House, Democrats need to gain six seats to capture control. The Washington Post reports they would have to sweep all the toss-up races and eight of the 24 rated as "leaning" towards the Republicans.

In the Senate, the Republicans would have to win three of four toss-up races to emerge with fifty seats. That would allow Vice President Cheney to cast the tie-breaking vote.

The Washington Post also reports the most likely shift of power is in the governorships, where Democrats are poised make significant gains.

Only nine days after the death of Sen. Paul Wellstone, President Bush flew into the middle of the nation’s most chaotic and closely watched Senate race on Sunday to campaign for Wellstone’s opponent. Republican Norm Coleman is in a tight struggle against his new competitor, former Vice President Walter Mondale. Bush travels to four states today to campaign for Republican Party candidates in tight races.

Another closely watched race is in Florida, where the president’s brother, Jeb Bush, is in tight re-election race for governor against Democrat Bill McBride. Both President Bush and Mr. Clinton campaigned there on Saturday.

Today on Democracy Now!, we’ll have a conversation between Democratic Party Representative John Conyers from Michigan, and former Green Party President Ralph Nader. In the lead-up to the 'stolen election' two years ago, Congressman Conyers wrote a scathing editorial in which he argued 'a vote for Nader is a vote for Bush and that Nader's presidential campaign was not in the best interests of African-Americans.


  • Ralph Nader, 2000 Green Presidential candidate.
  • Representative John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI).

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