A New Presidential Candidate Enters The Campaign Season
Rep. Cynthia McKinney to make campaign stops in Iowa, Sunday, December 9th
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Six-term Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney will be stopping in Iowa City and Waterloo on Sunday, December 9th, as part of her "Power to the People" tour, promoting her campaign to win the Green Party nomination for President of the United States.
Congresswoman McKinney will meet with the public, talk about her campaign at The Cottage Bakery and Cafe,14 S. Linn St, Iowa City, from 9:00- 11:00 a.m. At 11:15, she will pay a visit to the Hamburg Inn, 214 N. Linn St, where she will speak with patrons and look into adding her own coffee jar to the famous coffee bean caucus. In Waterloo, she will stop at the Logan Street Hy-Vee at 1:00 p.m. to talk about her campaign and meet with the public. She will be available for media interviews at all of these locations.
Rep. McKinney was the first African-American woman from Georgia elected to Congress, serving six terms in the House. Prior to completing her most recent term, she introduced articles of impeachment against President Bush charging him with manipulating intelligence and lying to justify the war in Iraq, failing to uphold accountability and violating privacy laws with his domestic spying program. The articles also included charges against Vice President Cheney and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Throughout her career, Rep. McKinney has worked both inside and outside the established political system, serving in Congress as a member of the Democratic Party, and serving as a member of the of the Independent Progressive Politics Network national steering committee. The subject of the film "American Blackout," she has been an important voice in calling attention to the crime of voter suppression (especially among African-American and youth populations). She has offered encouragement to the newly-formed "Reconstruction Party" in New Orleans, and has now decided to seek the nation's highest office as a progressive, independent of the two-party system. "It is a real honor to have someone of Rep. McKinney's political stature seek the Green Party's presidential nomination, and we're excited to welcome her to Iowa," said Wendy Barth, 2006 Green gubernatorial candidate and co-chair of the Iowa Green Party.
Of course, Iowans are currently caught up in the pre-caucus excitement, focusing on the candidates of the two major parties," said Daryl Northrop, Iowa Green Party co-chair and 2004 Green candidate for U.S. Senate. " But independent and third party candidates also have a tradition here. Iowan Henry Wallace, after serving as Secretary of Agriculture and Vice-President during the FDR administration, went on to run for President on the Progressive Party ticket in 1948." (Although he suffered a stunning defeat, some of the issues he campaigned on - ending segregation and establishing full voting rights for African-Americans, and universal health insurance - laid important groundwork and paved the way for future progress.)
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