Nader wandering New England in search of support

Perennial independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader is coming to Maine tomorrow, as part of a three-day swing through New England.

He'll start the day with a rally at Walkers Point in Kennebunkport, calling for President Bush to resign, and for Congress to impeach him.

Then there will be a fund-raiser at the nearby farm of Laurie Dobson (tickets start at $100). How much support he'll get is anyone's guess — Dobson was trying to run as an independent candidate for the US Senate, but couldn't get the 4000 signatures required to be approved for a spot on the November ballot by the Maine Secretary of State, according to this list (PDF), which her name is not on. (Independent Herb Hoffman did qualify.)

Nader will swing up to Portland next, for a news conference at 7 pm at the First Parish Church, 425 Congress Street., followed by a rally for his campaign — tickets will be $10 for that.

On Friday, he'll be in Cambridge, Massachusetts, followed by appearances in Rhode Island and Connecticut on Saturday.

Nader and his running mate, San Francisco activist Matt Gonzalez, say they are addressing issues the "corporate" candidates — including George Bush III (er, that's John McCain) and PAC-money-refusing Barack Obama — won't take on:

-Total military and corporate withdrawal from Iraq;

-A single-payer "Canadian-style" health care system with private companies providing care paid for out of the public purse;

-Requiring employers to pay a "living wage;"

-Repeal of the 1947 Taft-Hartley Act, which restricts political and publicity-seeking actions by labor unions;

-Rejection of nuclear power, instead basing our energy policy on solar energy;

-Instituting a carbon tax;

-Repealing the USA PATRIOT Act;

-The vague but sweeping demand for "an end to the corporate welfare and corporate crime that has resulted in millions losing pensions, savings and jobs and squandered tax dollars;" and

-The even more vague and even more sweeping insistence on a "more direct democracy."

Should be an interesting trip. 

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