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The Antiwar Electoral Insurgency

Erin Thompson Aug 30, 2006

By launching a Democratic primary campaign against Hillary Clinton, Jonathan Tasini may be providing an antiwar option for voters, but Clinton’s prominence and war chest make her a shoo-in in the Sept. 12 primary.

Both the Green Party and the Socialist Equality Party are running candidates on antiwar platforms against Clinton in the November general election. The Socialist Equality Party collected over 24,000 signatures in their bid to put Bill Van Auken on the ballot against Clinton. The Green Party collected over 30,000 signatures to qualify their slate of progressive candidates. Howie Hawkins is the Green candidate challenging Hillary Clinton’s $22 million re-election bid with a grassroots effort that has so far raised a little over $15,000.

“The David versus Goliath thing is there, [but] people want to vote against the war,” said Hawkins, whose platform calls for national health insurance, a focus on renewable energy and the environment and an end to the war in Iraq.

Hawkins’ campaign is now focused on forcing Clinton into a debate. “We can’t let Clinton get away without debating the Iraq War,” said Hawkins, who hopes his candidacy will continue the antiwar sentiment generated by the higher-profile Tasini Campaign. “It’s important that Tasini supporters keep going with the antiwar electoral insurgency,” said Hawkins.