Ronald Kane Hardy indulges in some “indulgent speculation” at Green Party Watch, considering a dozen potential running mates for Cynthia McKinney. In addition to Ms. McKinney’s current presidential rivals — Kat Swift, Jesse Johnson, and Kent Mesplay — Hardy also examines the possibilities of Jared Ball, Mike Gravel, Rich Whitney, and Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza-Curry (aka SKCM Curry); as well as unlikely/impossible potentials Matt Gonzalez, Ralph Nader, Winona LaDuke, Cindy Sheehan, and Pat LaMarche.
Of Gravel, Hardy says:
Gravel could bring to the McKinney ticket a nationally known “name” (with youtube videos) and probably pick up voters who are younger, anti-establishment, but turned off by the ‘seriousness’ of Ralph Nader. I have huge respect for what Gravel did as a Senator during the Vietnam War (had a role with ending the draft, for one), but I don’t think he would be the best choice as a running mate. He could even drag the ticket down.
Kat’s youth and veteran Green Party activism would give the Green Party an all female ticket, supporting the Green Party’s value of “feminism” and potentially appealing to a broad segment of the electorate that may not be turned off by Obama, McCain, Nader, Barr, and all the other men on the ballot in November. Its too bad the Green Party won’t be on the ballot in Texas, Swift’s home state.
Two of the more likely VP candidates are Jared Ball and Rich Whitney. Ball was running for president but dropped out to endorse McKinney. Whitney, who received 10% of the vote as Green candidate for Illinois governor, has been actively supporting McKinney, including matching individual contributions to her campaign with leftover cash from his gubernatorial bid.
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