Monday 21 June 2004
Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader officially announced his choice for running mate today: it is Peter Camejo of California. Camejo was most recently a Green Party candidate for Governor of California in the 2003 Recall election, as he had also been in the regular Gubernatorial Election in 2002, and had once run for President as the candidate of the Socialist Workers Party in 1976.
Camejo had been an active "non-candidate" candidate for the Green Party Presidential Nomination in an attempt to foster a "Draft Nader" movement at the Green Party National Convention, which convenes in Milwaukee, Wisconsin this coming Wednesday [23 June]. Nader himself has said he is not a candidate for the Green Party presidential nomination but would welcome that Party's endorsement as he continues to seek 2 November ballot access in as many of the 50 States, along with the District of Columbia, as possible. Nader has already been endorsed by the Reform Party.
Should the Nader/Camejo ticket win the endorsement of the Green Party later this week, it would automatically put Nader on the ballot in 22 States plus D.C. Nader is already on the ballot in 7 States thanks to his Reform Party endorsement although a few of these 7 are among the 22 in which the Green Party will also be on the ballot, so the total number of States on which Nader would get on the ballot via the aforementioned Third Party endorsements would be around 25. Nader continues to try to get on the ballot in other States via petition as an Independent.
As of 21 June 2004, the Green Party's Presidential Candidate is assured ballot access in Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, and Wisconsin.
As of 21 June 2004, the Reform Party's Presidential candidate is assured ballot access in Colorado, Florida, Kansas, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, and South Carolina.
2004 Third Party Presidential Nominating Process