Camejo Debates Cobb, Attacks War and Democrats
by Mike McCallister
Referring to the other leading candidate for the Green Party presidential nomination Friday, Camejo told Green Party delegates: “David Cobb will lead millions of people to vote for war.”
“You cannot ask people to vote for one of these (Democratic or Republican) parties without supporting this war,” he said.
A deeply divided convention of nearly 800 delegates will
decide Saturday whether to nominate Cobb, a
Cobb has stressed party-building in his campaign, and rarely mentioned the issues facing working people in this debate. He said that he would campaign everywhere if he got the nomination, “but what will I say in a battleground state? ‘Vote your conscience.’”
“I have a problem with George W. Bush,” Cobb said. “He is a deep and profound danger, and needs to be out.”
The day before the convention opened, Camejo and Cobb appeared on Pacifica Radio’s Democracy Now! program, where the “safe states” strategy again came up. There, Cobb referred to Nader’s recent meeting with presumptive Democratic nominee John Kerry. “It’s the Nader campaign that’s met with John Kerry, and it’s the Nader campaign that says that his first priority is to help un-elect Bush.”
Camejo responded that it was appropriate for Nader to meet with Kerry, noting that “I did that and I asked for, when I ran for governor, I asked both the Democrat and Republicans to meet with me...I have met with all the leaders of the Democratic Party in California, except for Steve Wesley, and I never insult them after a meeting.”
Both candidates claim to support
livid. “You heard him here say we can’t cut and run. That is the expression
Kerry uses to justify continued
Pro-Nader forces at the convention are concerned that the deck may be stacked in Cobb’s favor when the nomination balloting occurs Saturday. Floor rules adopted by the party’s national coordinating committee (which cannot be amended on the convention floor) will count votes for people who will not accept the party’s nomination as Abstentions. Because some delegates may be legally bound to vote for Nader, this lowers the total number of delegate votes needed to win the nomination, raising the specter of one candidate (presumably Cobb) winning the nomination with less than a majority of delegates.