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Ralph Nader crashes the Green Party Convention

When asked if a national Green Party candidate trickles down attention and funding to the grassroots races, he said, "The theory is that it does. There isn't any concrete evidence that it has coattails."

Since the Nader runs, Greens are wary of being tagged as presidential spoilers, but when that question was posed to this year's prospects, they denied that it accurately portrays the voting landscape. As McKinney said, "When you've got a million black people who go to the polls ... and nobody counts their votes ... then don't you dare call the Green Party spoilers."

Editors note: An earlier version of this story erroneously reported that Ralph Nader was the Green Party candidate for president in 2004. Nader ran as an independent. The Greens nominated David Cobb.