On August 2, the Peace & Freedom Party nominated Ralph Nader for president and Matt Gonzalez for vice-president. This is the first time the Peace & Freedom Party has nominated someone who is expected to be on the ballot in a majority of states, in its entire history. That history extends back to 1968.
The vote was Nader 46, Gloria La Riva 27, Brian Moore 10, Cynthia McKinney 6. Nader was nominated by Lanric “Ric” Hyland, who had also been the person who nominated Eldridge Cleaver at PFP’s first presidential convention in 1968.
Matt Gonzalez was nominated for vice-president by acclimation.
Nader is now in a good position to be on the ballot in 45 states. He is trying in all but Texas, Oklahoma, Indiana, Georgia, and North Carolina. Nader is the first caucasian male to be the presidential nominee of the Peace & Freedom Party since 1972, when Dr. Benjamin Spock was the party’s nominee.
The November 2008 California ballot will list these presidential candidates, in all probability: Bob Barr, John McCain, Cynthia McKinney, Ralph Nader, and Barack Obama. Also the ballot will contain the nominee of the American Independent Party. A lawsuit to be filed in a few days will determine whether that nominee is Chuck Baldwin or Alan Keyes.