Nader Expects To Appear On At Least 43 Ballots, Complains Of "Dirty Tricks"
The Washington Times reports that Ralph Nader yesterday "said he expects to be on as many presidential ballots this November as in 2000, when he made the cut in 43 states and the District of Columbia. 'We'll be on at least as many ballots as we were last time, 43,' Mr. Nader said on 'The Diane Rehm Show' on National Public Radio."
Writing this morning on the Los Angeles Times Nader said that "though the Democrats have the right to robustly oppose my independent presidential campaign, they don't have the right to engage in dirty tricks designed to deny millions of voters the opportunity to choose who should be the next president. But that's what is happening. Across the country, the Democratic Party, state Democratic partisans, corporate lobbyists and law firms are making an unprecedented effort to keep the Nader-Camejo ticket off the ballot. It's a sordid, undemocratic tactic, an affront to voters and a threat to electoral choice." Nader adds, "Not only are these efforts an attempt to deprive voters of choices in 2004 but, unless repulsed, they will set a precedent for undermining future third-party and independent candidates. . . . It is incumbent on Democratic nominee John Kerry to put a stop to it. He should realize that obstructing ballot access in this manner is a violation of civil liberties."