Libertarians, Green Party members and other third-party candidates say they don't set out to play the role of spoiler. They set out to win, party members say.
"We need more diversity in our country, more choices," said Diane Wood, co-chairwoman of the Tarrant County Green Party. "In our country, people feel they have lost their sense of power. They feel there's little reason to vote. It's important to have a party that represents the people so people feel they have a choice."
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A debate between Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber and his Republican challenger, Rep. Dennis Richardson, was under way Monday when Pacific Green Party candidate Jason Levin strode in.
Kitzhaber and Richardson looked up in surprise as Levin, in a dark suit and tie, introduced himself at the event before the editorial boards of Pamplin Media Group and EO Oregon Media Group at Pamplin offices in Milwaukie. He then took a seat at the table, next to Richardson.