College columnist surveys third-party candidates

In his column in The Lantern, the Ohio State University newspaper, Travis Schulze offers a brief survey of alternative presidential candidates running this year. Schulze leads with Constitution Party nominee Chuck Baldwin, whose “campaign centers on a return to the Constitution. He calls for an immediate withdrawal of the U.S. from Iraq, all foreign military bases, the U.N., NATO and most international organizations. He wants extremely strict immigration laws, an end to trade with China and the elimination of the income tax, without a move to a consumption tax.” Of Libertarian Bob Barr, Schulze writes, “Barr also calls for more strict interpretation of the Constitution and supports ‘America First’ policy similar to Baldwin, except he focuses much more on the degradation of civil liberties.”

Schulze says the Greens have yet to pick a candidate, and he mentions no contender by name. He says Ralph Nader, “the most famous of the third party candidates,” is running as an independent but “generally follows Green Party platform.” Also mentioned are Prohibition candidate Gene Amondson, National Socialist candidate John Taylor Bowles, Socialist Workers candidate Roger Calero, Party for Socialism and Liberation candidate Gloria LaRiva, New American Independent candidate Frank McEnulty, and Socialist candidate Brian Moore.

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  1. MattSwartz

    Schulze says the Greens have yet to pick a candidate, and he mentions no contender by name. He says Ralph Nader, “the most famous of the third party candidates,” is running as an independent but “generally follows Green Party platform.”

    Is this true? I’ve heard it said that Nader “refuted the 9 principles of the Green Party” in one of his speeches. Now, I could look up the 9 points, and then google around and try to find the speech, but to do that properly would require 3 hours that I’ve budgeted for other things.

    Long story short, I would love if someone Green or Green-leaning on this board would explain Nader’s similarities and differences to (from) the Green Party.

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