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Third Party Candidates to Converge on Press Club Weds.

By Garance Franke-Ruta
The National Press Club will be awash in third-party and movement presidential candidates tomorrow, as former GOP contender Ron Paul, Libertarian Party nominee Bob Barr, Green Party nominee Cynthia McKinney, Constitution Party nominee Chuck Baldwin and independent candidate Ralph Nader all converge on the building in downtown Washington, D.C.

At the presser, to be held at 10 a.m., Paul will "announce his intentions for the fall presidential election and will be accompanied by several special guests," according to a statement from a Paul spokesman. One of those special guests will be Nader, who in 2000 ran for the presidency on the Green Party ticket and who this year is running as an independent. McKinney, the former Georgia congresswoman who is this year's Green Party choice, will also be there, as will the Constitution Party's Baldwin.

Paul was the force behind the gathering of third-party leaders, along with Nader. "Him and Ralph had a phone call a couple months back, talked about it and basically there's, like, a huge convergence between libertarians from the right and liberals from the left," explained Toby Heaps, a Nader spokesman doing press for the Paul event. When it comes to civil rights and civil liberties issues, libertarians and liberals are "smack dab on the same page, which is a different page from Democrats and Republicans," he said.

Up for discussion will be "the plight of third parties and the way they've been marginalized within the two party system," said Nader for President spokesman Marc Abizeid.

Former Georgia congressman Barr will appear separately at noon for a "major campaign announcement," according to the Bob Barr 2008 campaign.

This item orignally described Heaps as a Paul spokesman.

By Web Politics Editor  |  September 9, 2008; 8:35 PM ET
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In the name of the first amendment, in the name of freedom, free speech, free press, open communication between human beings, this meeting, any and all videos of it absolutely must, without equivocation, must be disseminated at even the risk of life and limb to every American and/or citizen of this planet, so that they, 'the collective', will know what WE The People
are up against - and will come to our aid to defeat this monster for our sakes as well as theirs.

Posted by: Jaime Yarbrough | September 13, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Ron Paul going to run third Party,
Will ruin McCains chances.
http://www.barrpaul08.com

Video McCain throws his cell phone
http://www.mccanes.com

Palin has been accused of Affair,
http://www.theveep.com

Posted by: Anonymous | September 13, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Say NO to McBama!

Say NO to Republicrats!

Say NO to Establishment media outlets!

Say NO to bipartisan trashing of the Constitution!

Cast a protest vote for a 3rd party presidential candidate of your choice.

Tell everyone why you will vote against the lesser of two evils.

Tell everyone who you will vote for.

Tell everyone what you think.

Be heard: http://SayNO2008.com

"The strongest message can be sent by rejecting the two party system... This can be accomplished by voting for one of the non-establishment, principled candidates." - Ron Paul

Posted by: SayNO2008.com | September 10, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Scott -don't forget to mention that Obama would approve $500mil for churches which is something BUSH started. And he preaches about changing failed policies? Hmmm. Can we start with THAT one?

Paul's just huffy because he didn't get anywhere. He wasn't even close. Maybe he IS a good guy -but the path to hell is paved with good intentions. Just ask any politician.

Posted by: UhYeah | September 10, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

In recent weeks, John McCain and the Republican party have blatantly and without any shame adopted the Democratic campaign theme of “change”. It should be evident to an objective observer that Bush 43 and now McCain and Pailin are mere puppets to the true Republican national party leaders who control their strings. Cheney is one of the few of that inner cabal that have been calling the shots since the Nixon administration. They are in fact a continuation of the Nixon and Ford presidencies with only a disruption during the Carter and Clinton years. Bush 41( Head of the RNC during Nixon,former head of the CIA,VP to Reagan, and president is probably the real leader of this political Cosa Nostra if not a equal partner of this power sharing musical chairs game. His right and left hands have been Dick Cheney(former Sec.of Defense of Bush 41, former White House Chief of staff for Ford) and the other is Donald Rumsfeld(former Sec. of Defense for Ford and Bush 43,former special envoy to the Middle East during Reagan). Another member of this group, more likely a captain if not a full blown boss himself is James Baker (former C.O.S of Reagan, former Under Sec. of Commerce for Ford, former C.O.S and Sec of State for Bush 41, former Sec. of Treasury for Reagan, former chief legal advisor to Bush 43). Another captain or free lance enforcer is Karl Rove a college drop out and campaign manager for both Bush 41 and 43, also for Phil Gram who is McCain’s economic advisor.
Lets look at McCain’s staff of change.
On July 2, 2008, Steve Schmidt was given "full operational control" of McCain's campaign. Steve Schmidt prior to this was a top aide to Dick Cheney and a protégé to Karl Rove. Another advisor is Charles R. Black worked for Ronald Reagan's two Presidential campaigns in 1976 and 1980 and he was a senior political adviser to the 1992 re-election campaign of George H.W. Bush. Another advisor is Randy Scheunemann. He was project director for the Project for the New American Century. A neo-conservative think tank founded by non other than Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and Bill Kristol and others in 1996. Other signatories to this group reads like a who’s who of the last 8 years of the republican administration. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_for_the_New_American_Century.
These people have never cared about small town america or “values” All they care about is war profiteering. Many of the signatories have never served in the military. Cheney and Rove both dodged the draft. Look at the statement of principles by the PNAC. Rumsfeld was a good friend of Saddam Huessin in the 80’s Cheney didn’t want Nelson Mandela free. These are the real puppet masters, they throw out the talking points about the left of being elitist and not caring about middle america and these same guys other than Rove have advanced degrees and are worth no less than 10 million dollars. People who support them need to extricate their heads out of Limbaugh and Hannity’s asses and see what is really happening to them. McCain is not his own man he confuses stories of his real life with a book he read “The Gulag Archipelago", in which a fellow prisoner - not a guard - silently drew a cross in the dirt with a stick.” An ironic twist to all this is Eliot A. Cohen, a signatory to the PNAC "Statement of Principles", responded in The Washington Post: "There is no evidence that generals as a class make wiser national security policymakers than civilians. George C. Marshall, our greatest soldier statesman after George Washington, opposed shipping arms to Britain in 1940. His boss, Franklin D. Roosevelt, with nary a day in uniform, thought otherwise. Whose judgment looks better?"[
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/uselection2008/johnmccain/2581086/John-McCain-accused-of-plagiarising-Wikipedia-for-speeches.html. Even if you don’t like Obama there is no-way a sane person can want this continued blatant fleecing of our Nation.

Thes are all verifiable facts and can be found just with a google search and wikipedia.

Other than the ultra affluent, how can anyone support the Republican party? When will small town America realize that they are being duped into supporting the ultra-affluent agenda. The talking points of the right are so hypocritical that it becomes laughable. The red meat of the right is the so called Main stream Media as if Limbaugh, Hannity, et al. are not part of it. They demean celebrity status, however they tout one of their greatest presidents(Reagan) was an actor. They say they are the party of patriotism, yet many of the upper echelon of the party have never served, i.e. Cheney, Rumsfeld, Baker, Reagan. They say that they care about "Main Street" USA but only bail out the Whales of Wall Street. Yet small town America eat this tripe every year. They don't care about relgion unless it can be used to stir up the base, nor science or technology unless there is a buck to be made. Small town America takes pride on its freedom but yet don't realize that over time we are becoming less free, ie wire tapping and other forms of domestic survelliance. They demean people of intelligence because they know many people of small town America don't have degrees and use it at a fake issue and call people who spent time in academia as elitist when many on the right serve on university boards and have part-time professorships. They say they are against affirmitive action but yet celebrate mediocrity, Bush43 and McCain graduating at the bottom of their classes. Who both came from already well established families and had all the opportunities and connections to excel. Why does small town America believes this is the party for them? Christian conservatives seem to the be the first ones who want to go to war and bomb someone before any diplomacy is tried. Why can't small town America and Christian conservatives realize they are being used as pawns just as much the Islamic fundamentalist are. Islamic fundamentalist come from small town Middle East and given the same kind of talking points as the evangalicals. They want prayer in school, no choice available to women, and believe to the core that their ideas about worship and country are the best. Wake up small town America you are being duped.

Talking about who is more patriotic, symbols, and wearing pins are nothing more than distractions to the real issue of how a few select group of people have held power almost continously for over 30 years. Yes the left has thier own political power groups but none have been so effective at pushing forward an agenda that is fundamentally bad for the U.S. and in a larger view the entire world. I stress again the now defunct PNAC and the AIPAC have been slowly pushing us closer to another World War. Bush41 and et al have been doing this and no one calls them on it. Every Republican admistration has basically the same people recycled since Nixon. Just do a little research and you will see that these people are just pushing this agenda of some kind of Pax Americana and not taking into account that maybe other nations of the world might not like that and if not bomb them.
Many people who support the Republican party, really need to read "1984" by George Orwell and see how we as nation have been inching closer to that type of society. People think this story is about a communist society, but it is more about how a society is kept in a constant state of fear in order for the ruling class to stay in control. Doublespeak, patriotism to the point of frenzy, censhorship, erosion of civil liberties (not respecting the constitution) is happening right in front of us. The cosilidation of government (the executive branch has never been more powerful than ever). No real independent journalism. Cameras on street corners. This may sound like delusional conspiracy stuff, but I implore people to research for themselves to really see what is happening to them. People think this could never happen here in the U.S. but all this has already happening, slowly, icrementally all under the guise of "keeping America safe"

I posted thes comments on other political blogs and I send them to you to use them or do with them as you please. I truly hope that Senator Obama will be able to stem this tide of facism and break this cycle of fear that has beem slowly eroding the American dream.

Posted by: IronComments | September 10, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Palin Cut Alaskan Taxes on individuals by taking Pork from the other 49 States and increasing taxes on Oil companies. Some of the Oil money is kicked back to Alaskan Citizens to the tune of near $3000 annually. Isn't Palin really Buying votes?

Alaska has no income, property, or Sales taxes; What taxes on Alaskans did she reduce?

Posted by: Donaldd | September 10, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Wonder if there is truth that this election has nothing to do with popularity polls and issues but rather the actual candidate that bumps off mutual opponent, wins in November?

Apparently this mutual opponent exposed corruption within both parties and is currently targeted by the candidates themselves. Wonder how will it happen?

1. Will GOP use Guiliani-like mob ties like his protege Bernard Kerik who was indicted for such ties and may sit in jail for up to 140 years to bump off mutual opponent?

2. Will Dems use OJ Simpson-like convicted felon to do it instead?

3. Will both mob-ties and OJ be given sweetheart exchange deals to bump off opponent in exchange for less jail time and take away all attention to the real culprits behind the scenes, the candidates?

4. Having exposed this truth, wonder if we too have to worry about the physical safety of our families whether in public or in private as we have been watched 24/7 and our habits and plans are known indefinitely? For example, will my husband have to worry when he goes for his daily 20-30 minute jog after work in Hackensack and or Bogota, NJ today? How about tomorrow, the 7th anniversary of 9/11 and murder can easily be covered up by unmonitored law enforcement community? Or how about the day after?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 10, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

TO: Mssrs. CHERTOFF, MUKASEY, PAULSON, GATES, McCONNELL, MUELLER

"GOV'T AGENCIES SUPPORT DOMESTIC TERRORISM"
http://www.nowpublic.com/world/government-agencies-support-domestic-torture-and-gang-stalking-says-noted-nowpublic-com-columnist

What do you know about this, and what are you doing about it?

Posted by: scrivener | September 10, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Wonder if there is truth that this election has nothing to do with popularity polls and issues but rather the actual candidate that bumps off mutual opponent, wins in November?

Apparently this mutual opponent exposed corruption within both parties and is currently targeted by the candidates themselves. Wonder how will it happen?

1. Will GOP use Guiliani-like mob ties like his protege Bernard Kerik who was indicted for such ties and may sit in jail for up to 140 years to bump off mutual opponent?

2. Will Dems use OJ Simpson-like convicted felon to do it instead?

3. Will both mob-ties and OJ be given sweetheart exchange deals to bump off opponent in exchange for less jail time and take away all attention to the real culprits behind the scenes, the candidates?

4. Having exposed this truth, wonder if we too have to worry about the physical safety of our families whether in public or in private as we have been watched 24/7 and our habits and plans are known indefinitely? For example, will my husband have to worry when he goes for his daily 20-30 minute jog after work in Hackensack and or Bogota, NJ today? How about tomorrow, the 7th anniversary of 9/11 and murder can easily be covered up by unmonitored law enforcement community? Or how about the day after?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 10, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Wonder if there is truth that this election has nothing to do with popularity polls and issues but rather the actual candidate that bumps off mutual opponent, wins in November?

Apparently this mutual opponent exposed corruption within both parties and is currently targeted by the candidates themselves. Wonder how will it happen?

1. Will GOP use Guiliani-like mob ties like his protege Bernard Kerik who was indicted for such ties and may sit in jail for up to 140 years to bump off mutual opponent?

2. Will Dems use OJ Simpson-like convicted felon to do it instead?

3. Will both mob-ties and OJ be given sweetheart exchange deals to bump off opponent in exchange for less jail time and take away all attention to the real culprits behind the scenes, the candidates?

4. Having exposed this truth, wonder if we too have to worry about the physical safety of our families whether in public or in private as we have been watched 24/7 and our habits and plans are known indefinitely? For example, will my husband have to worry when he goes for his daily 20-30 minute jog after work in Hackensack and or Bogota, NJ today? How about tomorrow, the 7th anniversary of 9/11 and murder can easily be covered up by unmonitored law enforcement community? Or how about the day after?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 10, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Nader is looking Better & Better!

Posted by: James Laughead | September 10, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

From Today's Wall Street Journal!

Yes, Palin Did Stop That Bridge
By JIM DEMINT
September 10, 2008

"But, you know, when you've been taking all these earmarks when it's convenient, and then suddenly you're the champion anti-earmark person, that's not change. Come on! I mean, words mean something, you can't just make stuff up." -- Barack Obama, Sept. 6, 2008

In politics, words are cheap. What really counts are actions. Democrats and Republicans have talked about fiscal responsibility for years. In reality, both parties have a shameful record of wasting hundreds of billions of tax dollars on pork-barrel projects.

My Senate colleague Barack Obama is now attacking Gov. Sarah Palin over earmarks. Having worked with both John McCain and Mr. Obama on earmarks, and as a recovering earmarker myself, I can tell you that Mrs. Palin's leadership and record of reform stands well above that of Mr. Obama.

Let's compare.

Mrs. Palin used her veto pen to slash more local projects than any other governor in the state's history. She cut nearly 10% of Alaska's budget this year, saving state residents $268 million. This included vetoing a $30,000 van for Campfire USA and $200,000 for a tennis court irrigation system. She succinctly justified these cuts by saying they were "not a state responsibility."

Meanwhile in Washington, Mr. Obama voted for numerous wasteful earmarks last year, including: $12 million for bicycle paths, $450,000 for the International Peace Museum, $500,000 for a baseball stadium and $392,000 for a visitor's center in Louisiana.

Mrs. Palin cut Alaska's federal earmark requests in half last year, one of the strongest moves against earmarks by any governor. It took real leadership to buck Alaska's decades-long earmark addiction.

Mr. Obama delivered over $100 million in earmarks to Illinois last year and has requested nearly a billion dollars in pet projects since 2005. His running mate, Joe Biden, is still indulging in earmarks, securing over $90 million worth this year.

Mrs. Palin also killed the infamous Bridge to Nowhere in her own state. Yes, she once supported the project: But after witnessing the problems created by earmarks for her state and for the nation's budget, she did what others like me have done: She changed her position and saved taxpayers millions. Even the Alaska Democratic Party credits her with killing the bridge.

When the Senate had its chance to stop the Bridge to Nowhere and transfer the money to Katrina rebuilding, Messrs. Obama and Biden voted for the $223 million earmark, siding with the old boys' club in the Senate. And to date, they still have not publicly renounced their support for the infamous earmark.

Mrs. Palin has proven courageous by taking on big spenders in her own party. In March of this year, the Anchorage Daily News reported that, "Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens is aggravated about what he sees as Gov. Sarah Palin's antagonism toward the earmarks he uses to steer federal money to the state."

Mr. Obama had a chance to take on his party when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid offered a sham ethics bill, which was widely criticized by watchdog groups such as Citizens Against Government Waste for shielding earmarks from pubic scrutiny. But instead of standing with taxpayers, Mr. Obama voted for the bill. Today, he claims he helped write the bill that failed to clean up Washington.

Mr. Obama has shown little restraint on earmarks until this year, when he decided to co-sponsor an earmark moratorium authored by Mr. McCain and myself. Mr. Obama is vulnerable on this issue, and he knows it. That is why he is lashing out at Mrs. Palin and trying to hide his own record.

Mrs. Palin is one of the strongest antiearmark governors in America. If more governors around the country would do what she has done, we would be much closer to fixing our nation's fiscal problems than we are.

Mrs. Palin's record here is solid and inspiring. She will help Mr. McCain shut down the congressional favor factory, and she has a record to prove it. Actions mean something. You can't just make stuff up.

Mr. DeMint, a Republican, is a U.S. senator from South Carolina.

Posted by: Scott | September 10, 2008 7:54 AM | Report abuse

"That's not change. That's just calling something that's the same thing something different.

"You can put lipstick on a pig. It's still a pig,"

hah brilliant!!

Posted by: kk | September 10, 2008 7:25 AM | Report abuse

A vote for peace, a vote for democracy, a vote for justice, NADER/GONZALEZ!

Posted by: Ryan M. Henige | September 10, 2008 12:22 AM | Report abuse

America's once long slow decline, now immensely sped up by the current government's colossal ineptitude, will only continue unless true patriots like Ron Paul can get through to Americans. I don't have much hope though. Collectively we are stupid people.

Posted by: Bob | September 9, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

The National Press Club shall astound you.

nader paul kucinich gravel
mckinney ventura
perot charts
rage

Posted by: nader paul kucinich gravel | September 9, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, I want someone to respond to this open question: Isn't it painfully obvious that the two-party system is archaic, ineffective, and basically a monopoly?

Democrats: Your candidate Barack Obama is the product of the same party that has had a lock on Congress for 2 years now, and has accomplished barely anything it intended to. (Like most of the other times it had the same shot.)
Rather than run on his record,(which he could if it existed),he had to conjure up a hype machine that only P.T. Barnum could love, and vie for the approval of Europeans who can't even vote here. He's given the term "presumptive nominee" a whole new meaning.

Republicans: Lord, where to begin??
Your candidate is the product of the party that gave us possibly the most inept executive branch in the free world---ever.
Rather than focus exclusively on the enemy that attacked us, they roll us into a quagmire that's cost us billions, lost thousands of our best young people, when the same thing could have been accomplished by a good old-fashioned internal coup with our assistance. Saddam gone, Iraqis making their own rules, our troops just watching from nearby. Problem solved. McCain can claim to be a maverick--but he's generally gone along with Bush on average.

And the glad-handing, corporate sponsored parties going on at BOTH conventions should be a clue that favors are going to be owed no matter the outcome. That has to be stopped now, but these guys won't dare denounce it, lest some key donors pull out.

And lets face it, both parties are weak-kneed on immigration. Someone coming here in 2008 should be held to the same standard that your great-grandparents were in the 1800's. Document yourself, follow the rules, or you're going back...NO loopholes.

People, if other countries can support a mix of 4,5 or 6 "major" parties to choose its leaders from, why in hell do we keep relying on our two to do that? I refuse to believe we aren't capable of it.

OK, now someone tell me where I'm wrong on any of this.

Posted by: chirlee | September 9, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

vote for Nader, re elect the Republicans.
That makes a lot of sense.
If these guys dont start early and get up into the double digits why are they even keeping up the pretense?

When Ross ran, he was LEADING in the summer.

Posted by: Bruce Becker | September 9, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

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