Howard Zinn Voting for Nader

Not that you should care one way or the other -- I don't -- but the point is that Zinn, unlike Chomsky, didn't specify voting for Obama if and only if you're in a swing state in his widely quoted interview with Paul Jay of The Real News Network.

Apparently, he's set the record straight, which sounds right to me, as I was surprised not to hear that caveat from Zinn, of all people.

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Howard Zinn Voting for Nader
Date: 29 Oct 2008 09:24:24 -0700
From: The Nader Team org>
Reply-To: The Nader Team org>

Ralph Nader for President 2008

October 29, 2008

Howard Zinn now says he's voting for Nader.

The famous historian lives in Massachusetts, where Obama is ahead by 20 points.

Zinn created a stir earlier when he said he was voting for Obama.

He legitimately took some heat for supporting the corporate Obama.

But late last night, Zinn admitted in an e-mail to our campaign that he made a mistake and now says he will vote for Nader.

And Zinn urges all people of conscience to vote for the true progressive in slam dunk states.

Of which there are now many.

(Zinn says that in non slam dunk states, he urges people to vote for Obama. We obviously disagree with that bit of advice.)

Or as Ralph Nader put it today:

"A vote for Nader/Gonzalez on November, rather than being wasted by piling onto an Obama landslide or McCain implosion, will produce a stronger hammer and watchdog for what millions of Americans want -- including public Medicare for all with private delivery and a living wage for the one in three workers who don't make one."

"Unless millions of voters of conscience choose the progressive hammer and watchdog of Nader/Gonzalez, millions of votes will be tactically wasted and serve only to increase the mandateless landslide of Barack Obama."

So, if you are ambivalent about this election, fear not.

If you live in a slam dunk state, follow the advice of Howard Zinn.

Vote Independent.

Vote Nader for President.

Onward to November

The Nader Team

PS: A lot of our supporters heard that Zinn said he was voting for Obama. Now that he has set the record straight, it's important that we pass along the word. So, forward this e-mail to your friends and family.

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