Greenparty of the United States or The Green party as it is popularlyknown is one of the two largest third parties in the United Sates. Asthe name suggests, The Green Party is concerned on environmentalmatters and is considered an informal associate of the leftists,environmentalist European Greens movement (Directory of U.S.Political Parties N.P). The party supports candidates to office atall levels including federal, state and local, and has establishedactive state branch parties in almost all the states.
Duringthe 1996 general election, the Greens scored a major political pointby convincing Ralph Nader, an influential consumer activist to runfor presidency. The party spent just $ 5,000 and was in the ballot in22 states garnering more than 700,000 votes and was ranked 4thin the process. In 2000, the party had gained momentum. Nader raisedmillions of dollars, influenced leftists crusaders and got nationalattention with his anti-corporate campaign message. During this time,Nader was being pressured to withdraw from the race by Democrats whoargued that, he was siphoning essential votes away from Al Gore’seffort to secure office against Republican’s George Bush. Hehowever ignored this view, arguing that Al Gore was as good as Bush.This time he finished third with 2,878,000 votes (Directory of U.S.Political Parties N.P). Nevertheless, Nader failed to acquire therecommended 5 percent of votes which made the Greens ineligible forfederal funding. In the 2004 elections, the Greens through theircandidate David Cobb used the ‘safe states’ strategy leavingstates that would jeopardize Democrats success. Their performance wasdismal. In 2008, they abandoned the ‘safe states’ strategy andsupported Cynthia McKinney’s bid but she came in 6thplace. The party made a comeback in 2012 after Nader’s times whenJill Stein scored 470,000 votes ranking at 4thplace (Directory of U.S. Political Parties N.P).
Theparty is an important player in the U.S politics considering thegreat concern for the environment over the years. Being among the twothird largest parties, the Greens have shaped the U.S politicallandscape, with its participation being largely seen to affectDemocratic Party’s success.
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