Cynthia McKinney runs for president

Former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, 53, won the presidential nomination of the U.S. Green Party at the party’s national convention held in Chicago July 10-13.

Former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, 53, won the presidential nomination of the U.S. Green Party at the party’s national convention held in Chicago July 10-13.       

The Georgia native received 313 of 532 first round votes, earning her the nomination.

Before moving to California and becoming a member of the Green Party, McKinney served six terms representing Georgia’s 4th Congressional District as a Democrat.

In April 2006, McKinney garnered the public’s attention by hitting a Capitol Hill police officer. The officer tried to stop her from walking around a security checkpoint, which Members of Congress are frequently allowed to do because McKinnney did not have proper identification.

Rosa Clemente, a hip hop activist and journalist, is the Green Party’s vice presidential candidate.

Clemente said she accepted the position because she believes McKinney’s platform addresses issues not covered by Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama, the respective Republican and Democratic presidential nominees.

“I chose to do this, not for me, but for my generation, my community and my daughter,” said Clemente, 35. “I don’t see the Green Party as an alternative. I see it as imperative.”

 

______

Copyright 2008 Chicago Defender. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Comments

From the Web