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Green Party LogoGreens, after the nomination of the McKinney-Clemente ticket at the Chicago convention, begin aggressive ballot access effort


For Immediate Release:
Thursday, July 17, 2008

Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator, 202-518-5624, cell 202-904-7614,
Starlene Rankin, Media Coordinator, 916-995-3805,

Links to speeches by presidential nominee Cynthia McKinney and VP nominee Rosa Clemente below
McKinney 'Power to the People' campaign site, with media contact information:
Rosa Clemente site:
Extensive information, media coverage, blogging on the convention on the Green Party's home page

WASHINGTON, DC -- Green leaders, after the party's successful national convention last weekend in Chicago, have turned their attention towards placing nominees Cynthia McKinney and Rosa Clemente on the ballot in every state.

Greens are also organizing efforts to demand that Ms. McKinney be allowed to participate in the presidential debates beginning in September.

To contact Ms. McKinney and Ms. Clemente for interviews and other media requests, visit the campaign web site:

"We have 22 state ballot lines, and are aiming to have Cynthia McKinney and Rosa Clemente on as many ballot lines as possible on Election Day," said Cliff Thornton, co-chair of the Green Party of the United States. "Greens in states with secure ballot lines are assisting other states with petition circulating, organizing, and fundraising."

Cynthia McKinney, a former Democrat who served six terms in the US House and has since converted to Green, competed with Jesse Johnson, Kent Mesplay, and Kat Swift for the presidential nomination. Ms. McKinney won with 324 votes out of 542 cast by delegates after one round of voting in the Chicago Symphony Center, the convention site, on Saturday, July 12 (

Jesse Johnson will continue to participate in the 2008 election -- as the Mountain Party's nominee for Governor of West Virginia ( The Mountain Party is the West Virginia affiliate of the Green Party of the United States.

Green Party leaders noted that unprecedented radio, video, and Internet coverage made it possible for viewers and listeners to follow the unfolding of the Chicago convention and the nomination.

"We thank the Illinois Green Party, Cook County Greens in particular, and the people of Chicago for hosting the convention," said Jill Bussiere, who was elected co-chair of the Green Party during the Chicago convention. "We're especially grateful to the convention organizers, with Lynne Serpe of New York and Ruth Weill of Milwaukee at the top of the list."

The Green Party's home page ( displays links to information, media coverage, and blogging on the convention.

Links to convention speeches and press conferences:

Pre-nomination speeches by Cynthia McKinney and Rosa Clemente, July 12 (choice of low, medium, HD viewing)
YouTube version:

Ms. Clemente's nomination speech, July 12, shot by MoonSunProductions

Ms. McKinney's nomination speech, July 12, shot by MoonSunProductions
The first few minutes are missing from this clip, but can be viewed here: (recorded by C-SPAN)

Press conference with Ms. McKinney and Ms. Clemente after the nomination, July 12

Extensive C-SPAN footage of the convention, including nominees' complete speeches
(Linked also on the Green Party's home page,


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Green candidate database for 2008 and other campaign information:

Green Party News Center

Green Party Speakers Bureau

Green Party ballot access page

2008 Green National Convention, July 10-13 in Chicago, Illinois