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Cynthia McKinney presidential campaign, 2008

McKinney 2008
Campaign U.S. presidential election, 2008
Candidate Cynthia McKinney
(Six-term Democratic Party United States Congresswoman)
Affiliation Green Party
Status Lost election November 4, 2008
Key people Rosa Clemente (Running mate)
Slogan Power to the people.
Cynthia McKinney 2008
Presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney

Cynthia McKinney began her campaign for President of the United States on December 16, 2007 as a candidate for the Green Party presidential nomination via YouTube. She and her running mate Rosa Clemente accepted the Green Party's presidential nomination July 12, 2008 at the 2008 Green National Convention. Her campaign focused on issues such as racial profiling, September 11, 2001 attacks, and the Green Party's 10 key values. She also supports statehood for the District of Columbia, slavery reparations, electoral reforms including instant runoff voting, and calls for abolishing the death penalty and the War on Drugs.[1]

On November 4, 2008 McKinney finished sixth in the election with 161,603 votes.[2]

Early stages

On December 11, 2007, McKinney announced her candidacy for the Green Party nomination for President of the United States[3] in the 2008 presidential election.[4] Green Party members attempted to recruit McKinney both in 2000 and 2004. In 2000, she was widely mentioned as a possible vice-presidential running mate for Ralph Nader; in 2004, attempts were made to convince McKinney to run on the Green Party ballot line for president.

While there had been a great deal of excitement among party members about a possible McKinney run in those prior elections, the congresswoman had little to do with the party apart from having had Green Party loyalists working on her congressional campaigns. This changed drastically following her defeat in the 2006 election. McKinney attended the California Green Party strategy retreat in Sonoma, California, where she was the keynote speaker.[5] On May 25, 2007, she was asked about a presidential run on WBAI and confirmed that she had thought about a Green run: "2008 has not been ruled out, some kind of effort. Certainly now it is questionable as to whether that effort would come under the banner of the Democratic Party."[6]

Cynthia McKinney before speaking at the Green Party Presidential Debate in San Francisco, January 2008.

On June 9, speaking at a Harlem fundraiser for her Congressional campaign debt, McKinney addressed speculation that she might run for president in 2008. At the end of the program, Robert Knight of Pacifica Radio, who emceed the evening's events, took the pulpit to ask: "I can't hardly wait for 2008. Ms. McKinney, in 2008, what color is your parachute?" McKinney responds from the audience, "it's not red and it's not blue."[7] McKinney also appeared at the July 15 Green Party National Meeting in Reading, Pennsylvania, where she suggested that the Green Party could become a progressive political force. "[T]he disgust of the American people with what they see before them — all they need is the blueprint and a road map. Why not have the Green Party provide the blueprint and the road map?"

On July 17, McKinney also received the endorsement of the Workers World Party, the first time that party chose not to nominate a candidate of its own.[8]

At an August 27 peace rally in Kennebunkport, Maine McKinney confirmed the depth of her disenchantment with the Democratic Party, urging San Francisco voters to replace Nancy Pelosi with antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan. On September 10, in a letter to the Steering Committee of the Green Party of the United States, McKinney stated she would not seek the Green Party nomination for president.[9] However, in early October it appeared that McKinney was making moves toward declaring herself an official Green Party candidate.[10]

By October 9, 2007, Green leaders were receiving emails indicating McKinney had formally joined the Green Party. The emails also indicate McKinney could announce a Green Party presidential bid by the third week of October. Following a brief exploratory visit to California in mid-October, McKinney filed with the FEC. She formally announced her candidacy with a video on her website and on YouTube on December 16, 2007. Later that month she agreed to join with others on the Green Party California Primary Ballot for an event in San Francisco entitled Campaign 2008: A Presidential Debate That Matters.[11] McKinney has also filed with the State Board of Elections of Illinois for the Green party in the presidential race.[12]

On July 9, 2008 she named her running mate as Rosa Clemente[13] and clinched the party's nomination three days later at the 2008 Green Party National Convention.[14]

Green Party Nominee

Democratic National Convention

During the Democratic National Convention from August 25 – 28th Cynthia McKinney, and Rosa Clemente appeared at several events and demonstrations in Denver.[15] On August 24 McKinney appeared at the End the Occupations March and Rally organized by Nader/Gonzalez campaign.

During the first week in September McKinney traveled to Wisconsin for several events.[19] On the 5th McKinney spoke in Racine, Wisconsin to the local We Are Change group.[20] On September 6 McKinney spoke[21][22] in Baraboo, Wisconsin at Fighting Bob Fest the largest annual political festival in the United States.[23] The eight-year old festival is named in honor of Bob La Follette.

2008 Hurricane Katrina conspiracy theory

Cynthia McKinney was reported by Fox News on October 2, 2008 to have had a conspiracy theory stating that during the aftermath Hurricane Katrina, The Pentagon dumped 5,000 executed felons that were killed by a single bullet to the head. In the article (bad link) McKinney stated that she was informed by the mother of a National Guard, with verifications from "insiders."[24]

Third party debate

Main article: The United States presidential election debates, 2008#The third party debates

McKinney accepted an invitation to attend the third party presidential debate.


On Election Day, McKinney received 161,797 votes (0.12% of the popular vote).

Ballot status

The Green Party had announced plans to get on all 50 state ballots and D.C. for 2008. They did not meet their goal. McKinney was on 32 ballots with 368 electoral votes (68.4% of the total possible) as well as another 17 states as a write-in candidate.

The following is a table comparison of ballot status in 2008 to 2004.
  Electoral Votes 2008 2004
States 51 32 (49) 25 (43)
Electoral Votes 538 368 (528) 267 (479)
Percent of EVs 100% 68.4% (98.1%) 49.6% (89.0%)
Alabama 9 (write-in) (write-in)
Alaska 3 (write-in) On ballot
Arizona 10 On ballot (write-in)
Arkansas 6 On ballot On ballot
California 55 On ballot On ballot
Colorado 9 On ballot On ballot
Connecticut 7 (write-in) On ballot
Delaware 3 On ballot On ballot
Florida 27 On ballot On ballot
Georgia 15 (write-in) (write-in)
Hawaii 4 On ballot On ballot
Idaho 4 (write-in) (write-in)
Illinois 21 On ballot (write-in)
Indiana 11 (write-in)
Iowa 7 On ballot On ballot
Kansas 6 (write-in) (write-in)
Kentucky 8 (write-in)
Louisiana 9 On ballot On ballot
Maine 4 On ballot
Maryland 10 On ballot On ballot
Massachusetts 12 On ballot
Michigan 17 On ballot On ballot
Minnesota 10 On ballot On ballot
Mississippi 6 On ballot On ballot
Missouri 11 (write-in)
Montana 3 (write-in) On ballot
Nebraska 5 On ballot On ballot
Nevada 5 On ballot On ballot
New Hampshire 4 (write-in) (write-in)
New Jersey 15 On ballot On ballot
New Mexico 5 On ballot On ballot
New York 31 On ballot (write-in)
North Carolina 15 (write-in) (write-in)
North Dakota 3 (write-in)
Ohio 20 On ballot (write-in)
Oklahoma 7
Oregon 7 On ballot On ballot
Pennsylvania 21 (write-in) On ballot
Rhode Island 4 On ballot On ballot
South Carolina 8 On ballot On ballot
South Dakota 3
Tennessee 11 On ballot (write-in)
Texas 34 (write-in) (write-in)
Utah 5 On ballot (write-in)
Vermont 3 (write-in) (write-in)
Virginia 13 On ballot (write-in)
Washington 11 On ballot On ballot
West Virginia 5 On ballot (write-in)
Wisconsin 10 On ballot On ballot
Wyoming 3 (write-in) (write-in)
District of Columbia 3 On ballot (write-in)


See also


  1. ^ "The Differences Couldn't Be More Clear". Archived from the original on October 30, 2008. Retrieved 2011-06-04. 
  2. ^ "2008 presidential vote".  
  3. ^ YouTube – Cynthia McKinney Announces Run for President
  4. ^ McKinney speaks truth to power in Wisconsin
  5. ^ Vibes Watch
  6. ^
  7. ^ her website
  8. ^ "Why Workers World is endorsing Cynthia McKinney for president" July 17, 2008
  9. ^ McKinney, Cynthia (September 10, 2007). "Cynthia Withdraws Name From Consideration for Green Party Presidential Nomination". All Things Cynthia McKinney. 
  10. ^ Thomas, Luke (October 5, 2007). "Cynthia McKinney to announce bid for the White House". Fog City Journal. 
  11. ^ "Green Campaign 2008: A Presidential Debate That Matters". Green Party of Alameda County. 
  12. ^ Illinois State Board of Elections
  13. ^ Richard Winger, "Cynthia McKinney Names V-P Running Mate" Ballot Access News
  14. ^ "McKinney wins Green Party nomination", The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 2008-07-12
  15. ^ Cynthia and Rosa in Denver for Resistence (sic) Actions around DNC | All Things Cynthia McKinney
  16. ^ Family Law | Recreate68
  17. ^ YouTube – Cynthia McKinney at Recreate 68 in Denver at DNC
  18. ^ Green Party Watch » Blog Archive » Denver DNC Demonstration Drama (will the Colorado Greens take Cynthia off the ballot?) – America’s #1 Source for Green Party News & View...
  19. ^ Events | All Things Cynthia McKinney
  20. ^ YouTube – We Are Change Racine meets Cynthia McKinney
  21. ^ McKinney at the Fighting Bob Fest « OntheWilderSide
  22. ^ YouTube – Cynthia McKinney – 2008 Fighting Bob Fest
  23. ^ Fighting Bob Fest – History
  24. ^ "Elections". Fox News. 
  25. ^ "Mumia Abu Jamal: McKinney offers "not just the illusion, but the reality of 'change'"". Retrieved November 25, 2008. 
  26. ^ "Jared Ball Steps Out And Endorses Cynthia McKinney". Archived from the original on March 12, 2008. Retrieved November 25, 2008. 
  27. ^ "Barr endorses Cynthia McKinney". Retrieved November 25, 2008. 
  28. ^ "McKinney-Clemente Campaign Welcomes Noam Chomsky's Support". Retrieved November 25, 2008. 
  29. ^ "Cynthia McKinney Deserves Your Support, Obama Does Not". Retrieved November 25, 2008. 
  30. ^ "Public Enemy's Professor Griff: Definately Want to Endorse McKinney, what she's doing with Rosa Clemente". Archived from the original on February 20, 2012. Retrieved November 25, 2008. 
  31. ^ """M1 (Dead Prez) with Cynthia McKinney and Rosa Clemente, "I know I would be represented. Retrieved November 25, 2008. 
  32. ^ "Ron Paul to announce presidential endorsement plans". CNN. September 9, 2008. Retrieved November 25, 2008. 
  33. ^ "Cindy Sheehan formally endorses Cynthia McCkinney and Green Party". Retrieved November 25, 2008. 
  34. ^ "Support Cynthia McKinney's Power to the People Presidential Campaign". Retrieved November 25, 2008. 
  35. ^ "Misison Accomplished". Retrieved November 25, 2008. 
  36. ^ "Rich Whitney: best candidate for President, bar none; a real fighter for the public good; person of integrity and principle". Archived from the original on July 30, 2008. Retrieved November 25, 2008. 
  37. ^ "The Militant takes on Cynthia McKinney". Retrieved November 25, 2008. 
  38. ^ Workers International League: "your candidacy is the best choice for working people" | Elect Cynthia McKinney, President of the United States
  39. ^ "Cynthia McKinney for president". Retrieved November 25, 2008. 
  40. ^ "Actor Daniel Sunjata endorses Cynthia McKinney". Retrieved October 1, 2008. 

External links

  • Official McKinney/Clemente Campaign Site
  • Cynthia McKinney Announces Candidacy for President
  • Mckinney 2008 Green Party Nomination Acceptance speech
  • McKinney at 2008 Green Party National Convention Candidate Forum
  • Green Party of the U.S. Website
  • McKinney 2008 2008 General Election Presidential Campaign Website -Power to the People (Coalition site)
  • Vote Truth 08 – Website maintained by campaign
  • Students For McKinney Students
  • Cynthia Squad 2008 Google Groups

State campaign supporter websites

  • NY Power to the People Committee NY Supporters
  • Wisconsin for Mckinney 2008
  • Mainers 4 Mckinney
  • Minnesotans For Cynthia McKinney
  • South Carolina for Cynthia McKinney
  • Utah for Cynthia Mckinney
  • Georgians for Mckinney/Clemente

Social networking websites

  • Official campaign YouTube Channel
  • Official Facebook page
  • Cynthia Mckinney for president Myspace page
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