Green Party Presidential candidate Ralph Nader and his running mate Winona LaDuke brought their campaign to Minnesota on Friday night to level blasts at big-party foes and to call for a new approach to U.S. agriculture policy. Nader and LaDuke appeared at a rally at the Target Center in Minneapolis. The Nader/LaDuke campaign said 11,500 showed up. They had expected more people. LaDuke spoke before Nader. She told the cheering crowd: "I'm Anishanabe, and we're a community that seeks justice." Nader later told the same crowd: "The most important control system the power brokers have established in our country is that we will settle for less, that we will settle for the worst. We have to raise our expectation level. In this period of American history, we settle for too little." Earlier in his speech, he said that slavery and genocide are the most significant events in human history. As the crowd shouted "Let Ralph debate!" Nader said, "I hope Al Gore and George Bush are listening to this!" Phil Donahue, the former talk-show host, also addressed the crowd. He said "To the spinners and handlers of the major parties who would dismiss us as a distraction, we want you to know we will not go away." Donahue, who has never before supported a presidential candidate, called Nader "the most important private citizen of the twentieth century, echoing LIFE magazine's ranking of him as one of the hundred most influencial people of the twentieth century. Nader shared the stage with the filmmaker Michael Moore, and campaign finance activist Granny D. Earlier, at a reception at the VIP Lounge at Target Center, I asked Nader what he thought about the mainstream media's assertion that he was running only to get 5 percent of the vote, which will allow the Greens to get federal matching fundsin 2004. "He responded: "Sure 5 percent would be nice. But we'll take whatever we can get." At the same reception, Carla Kjellberg, a Minneapolis attorney who is one of Nader's supporters, told me that Nader has drwan more than the usual suspects at the rally. "The usual leftist Twin Cities suspects aren't even here. I know them all because I go to several political rallies. Nader has attracted a broader spectrum at this event." Nader's Target Center rally was the sixth stop on his four-day campaign tour through the Midwest and the Northwest. He had stopped in Madison before coming to Minneapolis. Throughout this swing, news coverage of his campaign picked up, as THE NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY, C-SPAN, and Swedish and French Television covered the tour. C-SPAN covered the Target Center event live. biodun.homestead.com/biodun.html