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. Cat

    this is a guy who obviously doesn't see the big picture. Obama is smart as a tack. he has his ideals, and the nations ideals at heart – and most importantly he knows what needs to be done. but he's not going to go around fanatically spouting his disdain like so many otherwise informed individuals who for lack of better PR are labeled conspiracy nuts. To get into a position of influence you must be subversive, and tactful. Obama's got the nation first and foremost in his mind, and he's intelligently maneuvering it away from the clutches of the neo cons. Nader thinks that yelling conspiracy from the rooftops no matter how badly it hurts you and other progressives is a matter of principal. but it's not going to win any elections, and if that's the case, it's not going to help to resurrect the US from certain collapse. if nader truly wants to see the nation progress, he'll sit back, relax, and watch how it's done.

    if Nader plays the naive self righteous idiot who yet again sinks the country deeper in another 4-8 years of conservative rule, then has the audacity complain about the system, he'll go down in history as one of the many instigators of the collapse of the US, and be oblivious to his influence.

    January 30, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  2. Swayed by Truth

    I will vote for you again Ralph. You speak truth. Repubs and Dems both represent corporate America. Cut all campaign spending to $100,000 per candidate.

    January 30, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  3. Karen

    Ouch! Mukasey is on C-Span. It's painful. The phrase 'living down to expectations' was used. His avoidance of torture is ever present. Doesn't know when the dept became there were video tapes of interrogation. Doesn't know if DOJ ever reviewed the tapes. Was there discussion between your dept and the White House? "I don't understand the question." Yet another Bushie that can't/won't answer a question. It looks like Alberto Gonzales all over again.

    January 30, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  4. Jupiter Wilson

    AS A YOUNG STUDENT I JOINED THE CONSUMER MOVEMENT INSPIRED BY ONE RALPH NADER, AND AFTER GRADUATION WORKED FOR MANY YEARS AS A CONSUMER ADVOCATE.

    IS THIS THE SAME RALPH NADER WHO HAS SUCH A BIG EGO THAT HE THINKS THAT WE NEED HIM, IN 2008, TO CHANGE THE WORLD?

    OUR TIME SIR HAS COME AND GONE. THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT YOU MADE A BIG DIFFERENCE THEN. NOW PLEASE BE GRACIOUS AND STEP ASIDE.

    A NEW GENERATION AWAITS. IT IS OBAMA WHO CAN NOW CHANGE THE WORLD.

    JUPITER WILSON, PHD

    January 30, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  5. Jim ( Independent )

    THIS DUDE HAS SOME MAJOR MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES.

    GO AWAY !

    January 30, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  6. Ben

    Finally! An independent candidate that I can get behind! A vote for Nader is a vote for Nader.

    January 30, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  7. Turn out the lights...

    Good God, NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

    January 30, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  8. Kurt

    One person sure can make a difference.

    If Mr. Nader had not taken those votes from Mr. Gore, would we have the tens of thousands of Iraqi civilian deaths or the 3000 American soldier deaths? Would Bush have had the chance to loot further the credit of the United States?

    in running for President and making his political statement, much has been lost and who knows what further damage can be done in the future?

    January 30, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  9. california

    A word to the wise, check on how many times clinton and mccain voted in lock step. The results will astonish you. One might wonder why they aren't running together.

    January 30, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  10. Carolinas

    It makes one wonder if he benefits from having a republican in the White House.

    January 30, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  11. rw

    Nader, a man with a cause. Not about ego, not about fame, not about money. He is a pure idealist.

    Interesting that on the same day Obama has two opposite descriptions: Carter uses extraordinary, Nader uses mediocre.

    And I agree with Nader, we must end the corporatist type of government that Washington has become.

    January 30, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  12. Angelique

    "...ignoring the out of control waste-fraud military expenditures,....the diversion of billions of dollars to corporate subsidies, handouts, and gveaways...living wages" Ralph it has been 8 years of Bush and all this going on, don't you think you should have brought this up during those 8 years...At least once

    January 30, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  13. reality chek

    The simple facts of our two-party electoral college system mean that the future occupant of the White House will be a Republican or (if we're lucky and the election is conducted fairly) a Democrat. Any other would-be third party candidates/big names should use their money and name recognition to support the major party candidate they agree with the most. That would allow them to highlight issues they felt weren't being addressed by the major candidates. I agree, the two-party, winner take all politics we have stinks, but until the system is overhauled, it doesn't make sense for an independent candidate to enter the race at all.

    Please Nader, if you care about our country Don't Enter the Race!! (And I don't want Bloomberg or any other independant either.) Americans need to choose between the two candidates who have a realistic chance of winning.

    January 30, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  14. scott, Mooresville, N.C.

    Ralph, Stay home and restore that old Corvair that you have !

    You have done enough damage to American business and consumers, that we really don't need you throwing your name in the hat.

    I notice that CNN is monitoring all these emails and I notice they have decided not to post any of mine.

    Nice to see a news group that monitors the NEWS. Wonder what that tells us if any of us were ever stupid enough to watch there bleeding heart channel or worse yet support there bleeding heart advertisers............................

    Scott

    January 30, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  15. carmella

    I hope that each and every one of you who thinks Ralph Nader gave the presidency to Bush looks at their calendars and sees how much time and money they donated to any other Democratic candidate that was running.

    If you're not helping, you don't get to complain. AND time blogging doesn't count as help!

    January 30, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  16. Polythene Pam

    If Ralph Nader enters the presidential race, it will seal the victory for Republicans.

    January 30, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  17. Harrier

    NOT AGAIN

    January 30, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  18. Nando, Florida

    he would just take votes from Hillary Obama voters are educated !!!

    We don't get hoodwinked!!!!!!!!!

    January 30, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  19. Jo, Torrance, California

    Get Lost. We don't want or need you. We have already seen what you can do.

    January 30, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  20. Peace

    Here he comes again the witchdoctor Ralph!! Go away and stop your dirty game. You did it in 2000 and now you are coming again. Shame on you!

    January 30, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  21. Charles

    Nader is a guffy moron trying to do anything to get attention. What's sad is that there're people who'd try to bck him and not in states where their votes might not matter (who cares if you vote Democrats or Nader in Texas) but in the battleground states. Hello, people, wake up and take a cold shower: there will be either GOP or Dem president elected in November and one has to be an ignorant idiot to think that there's no difference between them.

    January 30, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  22. Man of the year

    Nader08,Nader08,Nader08, I could get used to that. Look how easy it rolls of your tongue. Nader08,Nader08,Nader08. See, it's so easy.Let's do it again, Nader08,Nader08, Nader08, Now your getting it, keep practicing America.

    January 30, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  23. Reason

    He has a right to run. Are most of you above denying this?
    If so, you have distorted ego.
    Good Luck Nadar, I am with you.

    January 30, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  24. maynard

    RALPH NADER STAY THE HELL OUT OF POLITICS. YOU RUINED SOMEONE CHANCES THE LAST TIME YOU RAN. NO ONE WANTS YOU TO RUN. IT YOUR EGO AND YOUR MOUTH SAYING STUFF BEFORE YOU BRAIN ENGAGES

    January 30, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  25. Lloyd Peters

    Nader needs to get a life and find something else to do. This democracy does not need petty candidates, who silently panders to the opposition, in this case republicans.

    January 30, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
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