January 30th, 2008
06:28 PM ET
10 years ago

Nader takes steps towards another White House bid

 Nader is taking steps toward another White House bid.

Nader is taking steps toward another White House bid.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Ralph Nader, the longtime consumer advocate who was blamed by many Democrats for Al Gore’s loss in the 2000 presidential election, launched an exploratory committee Wednesday for another White House bid, and told CNN he is likely to get in the race if he can put the resources in place.

"John Edwards, the banner of Democratic Party populism, is dropping out, and Dennis Kucinich dropped out earlier, so in terms of voters who are at least interested in having major areas of injustice, deprivations, and solutions discussed in a presidential campaign, they might be interested in my exploratory effort," Nader said.

Nader has launched an official exploratory committee Web site, and said he will formally make a decision in about a month. He said he is certain to get in the race if he can demonstrate the ability to raise $10 million and recruit enough lawyers to deal with ballot access issues. He has yet to formally file paperwork with the Federal Elections Commission, though he does not need to until he officially becomes a candidate, according to the FEC.

Nader said he finds Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama both unacceptable candidates, and he said whichever wins the party's presidential nomination will not have an impact on his decision to run.

"They are both enthralled to the corporate powers," Nader said of the two leading Democrats. "They've completely ignored the presidential pattern of illegality and accountability, they've ignored the out of control waste-fruad military expenditures, they hardly ever mention the diversion of hundreds of billions of dollars to corporate subsidies, handouts, and giveaways, and they don't talk about a living wage."

He expressed particular disappointment with Obama, whose senate record he called "mediocre, and quite cautious."

"It's not that he doesn't know what the score is, of course he does - look at his background, he knows plenty," Nader said. "But he's censoring himself."

Nader attracted close to 100,000 votes in Florida in 2000 - a state Al Gore ultimately lost to George Bush by approximately 500 votes. He brushes aside suggestions his candidacy this year may ultimately spoil the election for the Democratic Party.

"Political bigotry will be the label on anybody who uses the word 'spoiler,' he said. "Because ‘spoiler’ means minor candidates are second class citizens. Either we have an equal right to run for election, or we are spoilers for each other trying to get each other's votes.”

- CNN Producer Alexander Mooney


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soundoff (1,186 Responses)
  1. G. M. Kesselring

    I guess that Nader just likes to be the "spoiler" ...He knows that he cannot possibly win an election......I guess that some peole are like that....!!

    January 30, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  2. James SC

    I am ready for a black president, just not Obama

    January 30, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  3. Chloe

    Doesn't Nader have enough blood, literally,on his hands?

    January 30, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  4. G. M. Kesselring

    I guess that Nader just likes to be the "spoiler" ...He knows that he cannot possibly win an election......I guess that some peole are like that....!!

    January 30, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  5. B. Rose

    You continue to be a huge disservice to your country. Shame on you!

    January 30, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  6. Pete Friedenberg

    Nader makes me so angry. He is so arrogant and egotistical. I really hope he does not run, and I think it is no disingenuous of him to say that now that Dennis K and John E are out, he should fill the void. Maybe if another Bush switched to democrat and that is all we had to choose from for some ungodly reason, then, and only then could I see Nader filling the void. I can not stand that guy. How in the world does he ever think he has a realistic chance of winning. I wish we could ban him and liars like him, but since we can't we speak up, not buy his books, and call him out for what he is- a sick egotistical madman. Do you think he regrets helping to put Bush in office? NO!! He is the worst kind of ego freak there is: the kind that does not really have a higher cause, but just wants to see his name in the news and face on TV and the internet.

    January 30, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  7. Beka

    Nader is a traitor to the United States and the blood of all those who have died in Iraq is on HIS hands!! Didnt he learn in 2004 that he is hated by everyone he claims to represent because of this? Besides the millions he got in campaign money from Republicans that he refused to give back because he needed iT. I HATE BUSH but I HATE NADER even more.

    January 30, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  8. Jen

    Nader, please don't run. Your campaigns waste resources and money, and end up hurting the Democrats.

    January 30, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  9. mark

    Now come on, if anyone gives this dude money there really stupid. There is no chance of him ever getting in there!
    Beat It Ralph! Get a life!

    January 30, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  10. Nick Stiles

    No, let Nader run! It's a free country still...somewhat. The only thing we need to hope is that Ron Paul gets the Republican nomination. That way Nader can play the so-called "spoiler" for the Democrats and we can get Dr. Paul to end this horrific war, not to mention the momentum towards a NWO.

    January 30, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    NOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! He gave Bush the election in 2000 by stealing votes away from Gore, we don't need that to happen again. If he really wants to make a White House bid he should actually join a party that has a shot at the Presidency and try to win their nomination. If he did that he may actually get some recognition and have a chance.

    January 30, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  12. Chipo

    How much do the Repubs pay this guy?

    January 30, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  13. Patrick of Albany NY

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    January 30, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  14. Gail

    I am so sad to see John Edwards leave the race. I understand he didn't have the support, but I would much rather have Ralph Nader than any of the Republican or Democratic choices we are left with now.

    Why do we still have the electoral college system? Why not allow every vote to count- vote for vote. We have the technology that could afford a majority win rules. I will vote for Nader if he runs this time.

    Trying to decide which candidate is less evil... again.......
    Gail.

    January 30, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  15. K

    Nader is an idiot. He has no chance of winning any delegates. He knows this. America knows this.

    January 30, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  16. Bill

    Ralph, you gave us 8 years of George Bush; don't you think that you have done enough damage? PLEASE don't do this.

    January 30, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  17. David

    I'm a Libertarian who doesn't agree with Nader on economics. Still, I am glad to see him get into this. We need more choices, more intellectual discussion, and challenges to the 2 corrupt coporatist, big government, status quo parties. To that, Nader will contribute.

    January 30, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  18. Rob, Panama City Beach - Florida

    Maybe Nader will run and cause the election to have to be decided by the supreme court yet again... And this time Americans who voted for the popular elect president will stand up and say no to the Republicans of the world for trying to take over a country with their ideas that one day America could become a Theology...?

    January 30, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  19. Mike

    Sigh.... Ralph, you are just determined to screw things up! You became irrelevant 15 years ago. Go find yourself a nice commune in New Hampshire and start making raw cotton goods.

    January 30, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  20. paul mooney

    come on in, Ralph, again. But mean it this time. It would be really nice to have a candidate who isn't already corrupted by Washington politics to choose from. That includes you too, Barack!

    January 30, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  21. AntiBrenda

    Why not? Nader got Bush in office. I wonder what the cut was and what it will be this time from whoever is working with him, certainly Hillary or a republican.
    Does this guy have anything to do in life?

    January 30, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  22. John

    Why not give me forty thousand dollars to put myself through college? What a waste of ten million dollars...

    January 30, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  23. FLindependent

    NADA NADER!!!!

    January 30, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  24. Christian, Tampa FL

    For the love of God, man, stay out of it!

    We have enough options and enough difficulties in electing a Democrat without another guy who has no chance of winning but could damage someone else's chances. Let's not forget what happened in 2000.

    January 30, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  25. Shelley Thomas

    Don't even think about it! You do not succeed in giving anyone "another option", all it does is make you look like an idiotic hack who will again succeed in detracting from the viable candidates. I used to have respect for you, do this egotistic con game again and you reduce your past glory to pond scum.

    January 30, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
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