Tuesday, August 20, 1996

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  • Robin Urevitch reports from the floor of the Green Party nominating convention.

    Urevitch reports on Nader’s nomination. Nader argues that he is not a spoiler candidate, but that the system itself is spoiled, and says that democracy demands the building of a strong Green Party. Urevitch speaks with a number of delegates who support Nader’s candidacy, including Ronnie Dugger and Winona La Duke. Some concerns about Nader are also discussed, particularly his avoidance of issues of racism and his failure to disclose his tax return. Nader  
    responds by saying race issues distract from the real issue, power, and that the right to privacy trumps traditional tax return disclosures by candidates.

    Segment subjects: Ralph Nader, Green Party, 1996 Presidential election

  • Excerpts from Ralph Nader’s two hour acceptance speech

    Nader accepts the presidential nomination and goes on to discuss a number of themes relevant to his candidacy. These  
    include the need for a new majoritarian party in the face of Democrat and Republican similarity; the need for balancing duties as public and private citizens; and the need to return the notion of justice to the center of politics.

    Keywords: Ralph Nader, Green Party, 1996 Presidential election

  • Continued excerpts from Ralph Nader’s acceptance speech

    Nader discusses problems facing the country. These  
    include the concentration of power and wealth; declines in real  
    wages; lack of universal health care; NAFTA, GATT, and the problem of lowest-common-denominator harmonization demanded by free trade regimes; the tendency of the middle class to turn on the poor when the country is in decline; the lack of facts about corporate welfare in debates about public welfare; and skewed budget priorities.

    Keywords: Ralph Nader, Green Party, 1996 Presidential election

  • Continued excerpts from Ralph Nader’s acceptance speech

    Nader outlines solutions to the problems facing the country. These include developing alternative energy sources;  
    following up on pilot housing projects to solve homelessness; a universal single-payer health care system modeled on Canada’s; fast, reliable, and pollution-free public transportation; the use of pest  
    management control, crop rotation, and organic farming; shift toward citizen and liberal education; upgraded labor laws; tax checkoffs to prevent pharmaceutical corporations from getting big gains from publicly-funded research; public funding of elections; improved ballot access for third parties; establishing the initiative, referendum, and recall in every state; adding a binding 'none of the above' option to the ballot; 12 year legislative term limits; and the reconstruction of civic community.

    Keywords: Ralph Nader, Green Party, 1996 Presidential election