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Chicago Convention Ends For Green Party

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Chicago Convention Ends For Green Party

Cynthia McKinney and Rosa Clemente are surrounded by Green Party supporters

The Green Party wrapped up its national convention in Chicago yesterday. Chicago Public Radio’s Tony Arnold reports on what some of the party’s supporters got out of the four-day event.

Several hundred Greens from around the country came to Chicago for the convention. Aside from nominating a presidential candidate, the party also put on a number of workshops to help political candidates learn the ropes of running a successful campaign.

Joel West came in from Houston, Texas. He ran for Congress six years ago, but didn’t get even one percent of the vote. West says the convention was good for networking with like-minded Greens.

WEST: You feel sort of isolated, even with an active local group, you’re not a very large percentage of that community, but to come here and find people from all over the country who believe more or less the same as you, it recharges your battery for another year.

The party nominated former Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney for president. In her acceptance speech, McKinney told supporters she hopes the party can get at least five percent of the vote this November.

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