Bill Van Auken (born 1950) is a politician and activist for the Socialist Equality Party and was a presidential candidate in the U.S. election of 2004, announcing his candidacy on January 27, 2004. His running mate was Jim Lawrence. He came in 15th for the popular vote, receiving 1,857 votes. In November 2006, Van Auken ran for the United States Senate seat held by Hillary Clinton. He finished in fifth place, with 11,071 votes.
Van Auken is a full time reporter for the World Socialist Web Site, the online news and information center of the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI), and resides in New York City.
In the U.S. presidential election, 2008 he was the vice presidential nominee of the same party.
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