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California Voters Say Give Third Parties a Second Chance

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September 4, 2008

St. Paul, MN - While John McCain accepts his GOP nomination today, another presidential candidate will be rallying nearby. Not Barack Obama, but independent candidate Ralph Nader. Nader and his California running mate, Matt Gonzalez, are demanding that their better-known rivals open up the debates so their ideas can be heard.

Dan Ashby, co-founder of the Election Defense Alliance, says Californians have long supported alternative candidates, with about a half-dozen parties qualifying for the ballot.

"Third parties provide a wider range of choice. They cause the parties to have to compete for votes, and are more likely I think to give the people what they actually are asking for."

Ashby says that, when voters only have two choices that tend to resemble each other, many people are left without a party that represents their views. He says that's probably why barely more than half of the eligible voters typically vote in a presidential election.

Jason Kafoury, national campaign coordinator for Nader, refuses to accept the argument that his candidate will pull votes away from Obama.

"When all is said and done, we're going to pull independent voters in this election cycle that either wouldn't have voted or would have leaned toward McCain or Obama in a relatively equal split."

Nader held a similar rally in Denver during the Democratic National Convention.

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