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Ron Paul urges Americans to vote for third-party candidates, as Obama and
McCain are Afghanistan war candidates
September 11, 2008, 7:28
The U.S. Presidential campaign has taken a new turn with the former
candidate Ron Paul launching a crusade against both John McCain and
Barack Obama. At a news conference, Paul joined three third-party
candidates in presenting a united front to shift attention away from the
“By coming together, we represent a majority of the American people.
We deserve to be heard. We deserve to be in the debates,” The former
Republican presidential hopeful said:
The Texas Congressman has generated a devoted following that many have
called a revolutionary movement. Dr. Paul even organised his own
Convention in Minnesota, attracting 18,000 people.
While he has officially dropped out of the race for the White House, his
message is one for change but definitely not the type offered by Obama
“Obama is not for change. He beats McCain into sending more money to
Afghanistan. And they both want to send troops and more money into
Georgia,” he said.
Ron Paul said he has rejected a plea from the McCain campaign to endorse
him, though he did call the republican nominee 'the lesser of two
Instead he’s rallied behind third-party candidates like Libertarian
Ralph Nader, who took the opportunity to criticise media coverage of the
“It's demeaning to the media, to the American people and to our status
around the world to engage in trivia about political gaffs,” he said.
The third-party presidential candidates plan to hold their own debates
parallel to those organised for McCain and Obama, in response to the
media blackout on their campaigns.
The mainstream media has dubbed Nader a ‘Perennial’ presidential
candidate and a spoiler for taking votes away from the main candidates.
Green Party Candidate Cynthia McKinney also took the floor to declare
her independence from the current political order.
“The politics of today is politics of conformity and of control. And
basically the two-party system represents just that,” she said.
A was message echoed by Charles Baldwin who’s running on the
Constitution Party ticket.
”It's a broken system. The two major parties have not only a monopoly
but stranglehold a on the political process system that choking
the lifeblood out of our country,” he stated.
The four candidates share the same views when it comes to foreign
policy. They condemn U.S. intervention in Georgia and the decision to
send a billion-dollar aid package.
”Have you ever thought when you send a billion dollar aid that maybe
there's someone hungry in the United States or who needs medical care?”
Ron Paul wondered.
McKinney said it was totally inappropriate for the U.S. “to send
so-called humanitarian aid on a naval ship”.She also called NATO's
eastward expansion a dangerous move that could stir another Cold War.
The third-party presidential candidates have no illusions about sitting
down in the Oval Office next January. Their goal is to change the
two-party system in Washington. They call it the 'beginning of the
realignment of American politics’.
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