Nader to speak in San Francisco, Oakland

Beginning with a lunch time rally near Fisherman's Wharf to be followed by another at San Francisco State University, Nader will be addressing Northern Californians on his anti-Wall Street bailout stance, increasing minimum wage and ceasing the Iraq War, according to campaign spokesman Ryan Mehta.

Departing for campaign stops in Baltimore tomorrow and St. Paul later in the week, California remains one of Nader's most important areas of voter support.

"It was crucial for us to get on the California ballot," said campaign spokeswoman Ashley Sanders, citing consistently pro-Nader areas like Arcata and Santa Cruz.

Nader's running mate Matt Gonzales, a former San Francisco supervisor, is scheduled to appear with Nader today.

The San Francisco rallies are taking place at noon at 900 North Point, and at 2:30 p.m., in McKenna Theater at San Francisco State University. A 7 p.m. event is for Oakland's Grand Lake Theater at 3200 Grand Ave.

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