From firstname.lastname@example.org Sun Sep 3 07:36:57 2000
Nader: Empower People vs. Elites
The Associated Press, Thursday 31 August 2000; 9:55 a.m. EDT
NEW YORK Green Party presidential nominee Ralph Nader said Thursday the central issue in this year's campaign is empowering people against control by a few.
What will turn on voters to his candidacy, Nader said on NBC's "Today," is "giving them more power, looking them in the eye and say if you don't have more power you are not going to have more social justice, you are not going to have a deep democracy solving problems, you are not going to be able to lift this country up to its national possibilities."
His goal, he said, is to halt the concentration of that power "more and more in the hands of the few controlling our government."
Nader said he expects to be on the ballot in 45 states "and the overwhelming population will have a chance to vote for the Green Party candidate."
The longtime consumer advocate repeated his campaign theme: that on the issues that matter there is little difference between Democrat Al Gore and Republican George W. Bush. "They are different in a few areas but the rhetoric is more different than the reality," Nader asserted.
Polls indicate Nader could damage Gore in a few states, chiefly in California, where he has support in the range of 5 percent. Nader said he is not concerned about taking votes away from Gore.
"Obviously I am worried about Al Gore taking votes away from me," Nader said. "We all have to earn our votes. We are not entitled to any votes."
Copyright 2000 The Associated Press