The speaking event began with Warner Bloomberg thanking everybody for showing up. He only spoke briefly and then introduced the main act, Presidential Candidate David Cobb.
Cobb began his talk with a brief history of his involvement with the Green Party. It began when he heard Ralp Nader give his "Go we go!" speech at the 1996 Nominating Convention in Los Angeles. He described the rush of sharing that "go we go" feeling listening to the radio by himself. Not long after that he learned that Texas didn't have a Green Party, and deciding to make it happen. He organized the group that gathered the 75,000 signatures to put the Green Party of Texas on the ballot in 2000. In 2002 he was the token white guy on the diverse group of Candidates that Party ran for statewide office, their choice for Attourney General. Cobb has also served as the Lawyer of the United States Green Party.
Once David Cobb gets going you feel like you are at a Baptist Revival Meeting. He explained that his main objective as a Green Party Presidential Candidate is to grow the Green Party. He wants to visit every State that wants to hear what he has to say, and to campaign with other Green Party Candidates. He wants to articulate opposition to the Iraq war, and support for human rights and a living wage. Cobb pledged to at least get arrested trying to get into the debates if he couldn't get a seat in them ahead of time. While he was on the topic, he mentioned that he has been arrested many times for nonviolent civil dissobediance, and is running on his arrest record. By the time David Cobb passed the bucket at the end of the meeting I was glad to put some money in it.
During the Q&A, I asked Cobb what his position on Florida was going to be. He said that he would be campainging everywhere, but in swing States like Florida he would say something like "on election day I want you to look at what the polls are saying and then do what you think is the right thing." By that I understood that he gets how that "anybody but Bush" vibe works.
A woman I don't know in the back row asked if he was pro-choice. Cobb said that he is very pro-choice, and that he doesn't lead off with that because it doesn't distinguish him from the Democrats. He then laid out a progressive pro-choice position.
After the prepared speaches we all went next door to have tea and pastries at this Mexican place that was open late. During that part of the event I gave David Cobb a Vermont quarter. He was able to read the slogan "Freedom and Unity" on it with no trouble.