- Final Debates to Include Green Candidate, Peter Camejo. October 02, 2003 CAMEJO FOR GOVERNOR http://www.votecamejo.org/ Contact:
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Public Outcry, Polling and Debate Performances Key.
OAKLAND – The League of Women Voters and the media sponsors of the final two televised debates have reversed their previous decisions and will include Green Party candidate Peter Camejo.
Key factors were Camejo’s standing in the recent Los Angeles Times poll and the fact that he, along with Tom McClintock, were generally regarded as having performed the best in the recent California Association of Broadcasters debate. In the same Times poll, Democrats ranked Camejo first in the debate with 25% saying he “won” to 17% for McClintock and only 12% for Bustamante. Among all voters Camejo was in a statistical tie with Schwarzenegger for second place.
Asked why he thought the public rated his performance so high in his first televised appearances, Camejo said, “I think people have gotten tired of the same predictable rhetoric from the Democrats and Republicans. They are looking for new ideas. Both Tom and I come from positions based on clear principles, and many people, even if they disagree with us, respect that. The high public interest in this election shows that the public responds favorably to hearing more voices.”
On a broader note, Camejo highlighted the need for election reform. He said the debates are “clear evidence of the need to move to Instant Runoff Voting (IRV). With our current system we have ended up with two candidates each of whom is trying to reflect what the polls say people want to hear. IRV allows voters to vote their beliefs, not their fears, and allows candidates with fresh ideas to affect the process.”
The co-sponsors efforts to keep Camejo out of the final two debates resulted in strong public reaction with nearly two thousand letters sent to the sponsors through http://www.votecamejo.org; media editorializing in favor of his inclusion and candidates Bustamante and McClintock supporting inclusion of Camejo.
The debates are being held on October 2, 2003 in Los Angeles and October 4, 2003 in San Diego.
Peter Miguel Camejo for California Governor
PO Box 32102
Oakland, CA 94604
State Party News Release
This is tremendous news! Can you imagine what it would be like if Camejo captures the imagination of the California electorate! Given the crazy situation with the election there is actually a good chance he could win this puppy. — The very thought of a Green governor of California is too beautiful to even contemplate! Wow!