REMARKS MADE BY RALPH
NADER TO THE NATIONAL PRESS CLUB THE MORNING AFTER ELECTION
Ralph Nader & Nader 2000 General Committee, Inc.
November 10, 2000
Green Party is alive and well.
campaign has established the Greens as a viable political force.
We are now third largest party, supplanting the Reform Party as
the major competition to the Democratic and Republican parties.
would have liked, of course, to have garnered the five percent that
would have made the party eligible for federal matching funds in
the 2004 election. That would have been a bonus. But, across the
country we attracted enthusiastic supporters who intend to remain
committed to the party's progressive agenda. The party will only
grow in the coming months and years.
Gore campaigners pulled out every stop in an attempt to peel off
our voters. They were successful in many states with reducing our
total, but these voters will be back with us in future elections.
will be a lot of finger pointing about the poor showing of Gore.
Gore had all the advantages of an incumbent Administration, but
he never generated enthusiasm and many voters cast ballots for him
out of pragmatism, not conviction.
the end, the Democratic party must face the fact that it is has
abandoned its progressive roots. The party has been seized by its
conservative-moderate pro corporate wing. And the leadership of
that group produced a candidate and a platform that simply did not
excite the voters.
in the Democratic party must decide whether they want to remain
a captive of the Democratic Leadership Council and its love affair
with the big corporate money that fills the party's coffers or whether
it wants to be a party that represents people. Democrats now must
either find their progressive roots or watch the party wither away.
If Democrats are disappointed with the returns, they need to take
a close look at their party and the empty campaign waged by Al Gore
in this campaign.
Green Party is up and running. We invite the progressives who are
shut out of the Democratic Party to join us in a crusade to reform
the campaign finance system which leaves control of our government
in the hands of the highest bidder.
urge Democrats and Republicans, alike, to join the Green Party in
its effort to end child poverty, to give workers a true living wage,
to wipe out restrictive labor laws like Taft-Hartley that make it
difficult for workers to organize, and in its efforts to establish
an accessible, affordable health insurance system that reaches everyone.
We urge Democrats and Republicans who are interested in the environment
to join the Green Party that calls for action, not rhetoric to preserve
we urge people to join us who believe in full civil rights and equality
for everyone regardless of race, ethnic background, gender or sexual
orientation. We believe that there are many people in both parties
who agree with us that the drug war is a colossal costly failure
that has filled our jails with non-violent crimes. We also believe
that there are millions who believe as we do that the death penalty
should be abolished and its discriminatory use against minorities
be ended now. We urge citizens to join us in effort to provide affordable
housing and in a crash effort -- Marshall Plan -- to revitalize
our inner cities.
can do better. The two major parties have abdicated their responsibility
to lead, to advocate solutions and to promote true democracy from
the city halls to Congress and the White House. We can do better.
For more information
visit our website: http://votenader.org