Reminiscent of 2000, the Florida Supreme Court was again in the center of an election battle. This time, the question was whether the reform party was a viable national party, and if so, was Ralph Nader selected at a national convention as called for in state law?
Democrats argued his name should be taken off the ballot.
Stephen Turne says, "There has to be a genuine this year, there has to be a viability and the trial court found it wasn't there."
Larry Tribe argued for Al Gore in 2000. He says the reform party didn’t have a convention, it had a conference call.
Larry says, "On this conference call, Mr. Nader was nominated and he formally accepted the nomination for president of the United States in a letter."
During the 2000 election this court said “count every ballot,” and now from the bench the judges appear very uncomfortable with the idea of kicking Nader off the ballot. Nader is on the ballot in 34 states, but Democrats have legal challenges underway in 12 of them.
His campaign manager calls it immoral.
Amato says, "If a major party tries to squash third parties and independent candidacies, that’s the death of democracy in the United States."
While Nader may be a national candidate, he is the reform party’s candidate in only five states and a party spokesman had trouble naming them. The reform party has about 4,000 registered voters in Florida, but as evidence, this fight really isn’t about the bulk of their lawyers are Republicans. They call it a coincidence.