Date: Wed, 8 Nov 2000 09:29:26 -0800 (PST)

What the Election Results Mean for Third Parties

Irvine -- In the aftermath of the still yet-to-be finalized presidential race, what do the results thus far mean for third parties like the Green Party? And is Ralph Nader the cause of Al Gore's woes?

Subversity, a KUCI public affairs program, features analysis by Christian Collet, a pollster whose 1999 Ph.D thesis at UCI was "Can they be serious? : The rise of minor parties and independent candidates in the 1990s". Collet has conducted several polls for the OC Register, including a recent one on Vietnamese Americans, and writes op eds for the same paper, including a recent one (" 'Fringe' Politics: Movements emerge and thrive despite prosperity across the nation," October 24, 2000), on Ralph Nader's appearance at the corporate-well-endowed Chapman University in Orange. He wrote in part:

"Last Friday's visit by Nader, the Green Party's presidential nominee, to Orange County was another lesson in the unpredictability of contemporary politics, another chapter in the slow revision of our electoral primer. In a year where Republicans express "compassion" and court ethnic groups and the Democrats offer tax cuts and show support for gun-owning "sportsmen," Nader brought his campaign for universal health care, free college tuition and a doubling of the minimum wage to, of all places, Chapman University: the conservative private institution where undergraduates are charged $28,000 per year. Across the quad from where Nader railed against "the sovereignty of corporations" was Argyros Hall, named for one of the wealthiest and influential corporate benefactors in the area." He added: "The times in Orange County - and elsewhere - they are a changin'."

Collet and show host Dan Tsang will chat about what the election results mean for third parties like Ralph Nader's. Collet last taught "Power and Politics in Vietnamese American Communities" at UCI this past summer. He is the Principal Investigator for a National Science Foundation-supported study, "State Legislative Election Candidate and Constituency Data, 1993-1994" -- ICPSR Study 2019

The show airs today from 5-6 p.m. on KUCI, 88.9 fm in Orange County, and is Web-cast simultaneously via

The show is preceded by Alternative News at 4 p.m.

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