Sunday, October 26, 2008

Nader says he set campaign speech record

Yahoo! News: "BOSTON – Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader says he now holds the world record for most campaign speeches in a single day.
Nader, who is on the ballot in 45 states but is polling in single digits, said he delivered at least 255 minutes of speeches in 21 Massachusetts communities on Saturday. Nader said that was enough to get him into the Guinness Book of World Records.
To get in the record books, Guinness officials said Nader needed to give at least 150 minutes of speeches, with each speech lasting at least 10 minutes. And each time, there must be at least 10 people watching who didn't come with Nader.
Beginning at 8:15 a.m. Saturday in Westfield, Nader used several different settings for his speeches, including a deli, a farmer's market and a library. Each time, he stayed anywhere from 15 minutes to a half hour.
"Given that monstrous bailout bill, it's still the same message: taxation without representation," Nader said in one speech to about 40 supporters in front of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.
Nader closed his day with an 11:30 p.m. campaign party in Sheffield.
The 74-year-old Nader said he didn't expect to be tired. "When you're seeking justice, as I have for so many years, it's invigorating, not fatiguing," he said.
Nader said he hopes his Massachusetts tour persuades thousands of voters to support him and help build a powerful "third political force." He also said he wants to highlight a campaigning style that focuses on local communities, rather than large rallies with carefully screened crowds."

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