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Newark, DE: Ralph Nader Nov 3

Monday, November 3, 2008 at 12:00:00 AM

Press Advisory
Contact: Ryan Mehta, 202-471-5833, rmehta@votenader.org


WHO: Ralph Nader

WHAT: Press Conference and Rally

WHERE: Clayton Hall Conference Center, University of Delaware- 100 David Hollowell Drive, Newark, DE 19716

WHEN: Monday, November 3, at 5 p.m. (press conference) and 6 p.m. (rally)

On Monday, November 3 at 5 p.m., consumer advocate and independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader will hold a press conference at the Clayton Hall Conference Center, University of Delaware- 100 David Hollowell Drive, Newark, DE 19716, followed by at 6 p.m. rally. Mr. Nader will speak on a variety of topics including the economic crisis, the fraudulent Commission on Presidential Debates which excludes alternative voices from participating, and other pressing issues especially pertinent to Delaware residents.

Nader/Gonzalez condemns Chrysler for its mismanagement, incompetence and avaricious behavior now leading the once lucrative auto-maker to shut down its Newark factory. Because of skyrocketing oil prices and plummeting SUV sales, Chrysler says the factory, which builds the gas-guzzling Dodge Durango and Chrysler Aspen, can no longer afford to maintain production of those vehicles.

Unlike General Motors and Ford who have each been reporting enormous losses, Chrysler is not obligated to disclose its finances because it is owned by private investment firm Cerberus Capital Management. But despite this lack of transparency, Bloomberg News reported last month that the company lost about $565 million in the second quarter.

Congress recently funded a bloated energy bill which included a $25 billion bailout in taxpayer subsidized loans to the auto industry to help get it back on its feet. But allowing automakers to simply take taxpayer cash without any guarantee of how it would be put to use is irresponsible governing.

Rather, there should have been public hearings on the loan request and the bailout bill should have included conditions to ensure the security of all workers, their health and wages. In 1979 when Chrysler was facing a similar downturn, the company went to Congress asking for a $1.5 billion loan guarantee which was granted, but in return, Chrysler was forced to adhere to strict demands to ensure that type of accountability.

To combat unemployment, especially in Delaware whose jobless rate stands at about 7.2 percent, Nader/Gonzalez urges investment in needed local labor-intensive public works to improve and rebuild infrastructure and creating a new renewable energy efficiency policy. The campaign supports Delaware legislation signed into law earlier this year to give the green light on an offshore wind farm. The electricity generated by the wind farm’s 120 proposed turbines will be able to power about 50,000 homes a year.

Nader/Gonzalez thus welcomes the announcement of a new wind-turbine plant in Delaware that will create 450 jobs. According to Brevini, the Italian company planning to build the plant, the average employee will earn about $46,000 a year.

Mr. Nader will also address other critical issues the major party candidates have taken "off the table" that the Nader/Gonzalez Campaign has put on the table, including:

- a comprehensive, six-month negotiated military and corporate withdrawal date from Iraq;
- a single-payer, private delivery, free-choice public health insurance system for all;
- a living wage and repeal of the anti-union Taft-Hartley Act;
- a no-nuke, solar-based energy policy supported by renewable, sustainable, energy-efficient sources;
- a carbon tax to deter global warming and a Wall Street securities derivatives tax to pay for the Washington bailout of Wall Street;
- an end to the corporate welfare and corporate crime waves that have resulted in millions losing pensions, savings and jobs and squandered tax dollars;
- a major public works jobs program to repair America’s schools, clinics, public transit, bridges, drinking water & sewage treatment systems paid for by reducing the bloated, wasteful military budget and ending corporate subsidies; and,
- more direct democracy reflecting the preamble to our constitution which starts with "we the people," and not "we the corporations."

About Ralph Nader
Attorney, author, and consumer advocate Ralph Nader has been named by Time Magazine one of the "100 Most Influential Americans in the 20th Century." For more than four decades he has exposed problems and organized millions of citizens into more than 100 public interest groups advocating solutions. He led the movement to establish the Motor Vehicle Safety Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and was instrumental in enacting the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and countless other pieces of important consumer legislation. Because of Ralph Nader we drive safer cars, eat healthier food, breathe better air, drink cleaner water, and work in safer environments. Nader graduated from Princeton University and received an LL.B from Harvard Law School.

About the Nader/Gonzalez Campaign

The Nader/Gonzalez independent presidential candidacy will be on the ballot in 45 states, is polling at 5-6 percent nationally, and despite being excluded from the presidential debates,* a recent Time/CNN poll shows Ralph Nader polling 8 percent in New Mexico, 7 percent in Colorado, 7 percent in Pennsylvania, and 6 percent in Nevada — all key battleground states.

For more information on the Nader/Gonzalez campaign, visit: votenader.org.

*National polls since 2000 have a majority of Americans wanting Ralph Nader on these debates.