July 28, 1996 in Nation/World

Nader Campaigns For ‘None Of The Above’

Compiled From Wire Services

At a time when more viable third-party candidates are increasing the choices for voters in presidential campaigns, Ralph Nader wants to offer still another option: “None of the Above.”

“A lot of people don’t like the candidates on the ballot,” Nader said Saturday, campaigning in Berkeley. “Right now, their only option is to stay home.”

Nader, the Green Party’s expected nominee for president, is making a binding “None of the Above” option a cornerstone of his campaign. If “None of the Above” gets more votes than the other candidates, the election would be nullified and another one would be ordered within 30 days.

“That’s the way to bring forth the protest, no confidence vote in a corruptly run political system that increasingly only reflects the corporate interests and neglects the interests of the American people,” he said.

The 62-year-old consumer advocate, who briefly ran for president in 1992, is expected to receive the Green Party’s endorsement at its national convention next month in Los Angeles.

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