WASHINGTON (CNN) - Ralph Nader announced Sunday he is entering the presidential race as an Independent.
In an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press," the consumer advocate said great changes in U.S. history have come "through little parties that never won any national election."
"Dissent is the mother of ascent," he said. "And in that context I've decided to run for president."
Nader, who turns 74 this week, complained of the "paralysis of the government," which he said is under the control of corporate executives and lobbyists.
It marks his fourth straight White House bid - fifth if his 1992 write-in campaign is included.
Nader's entry into the race did not come as a surprise to political watchers.
On Sunday, Sen. Barack Obama criticized him. "My sense is that Mr. Nader is somebody who, if you don't listen and adopt all of his policies, thinks you're not substantive," Obama told reporters when asked about Nader's possible candidacy.
– CNN's Josh Levs
So why are we paying any attention to this guy? Sounds like he's going to get more media attention than was given to legitimate candidates, such as John Edwards.
While he did some good things for the consumer movement in the past, what we're seeing now is a narcissistic plea for attention. Don't give it to him!
Ralph Nader is selfish and irresponsible. I am absolutely outraged beyond words.
Nader's entry into the race hurts Obama greatly. He talks about universal health care similar to Hillary's position,. Hussein's program leaves 15 million people. Dem, wake up and smell the coffee. Nader will siphon more health care votes from Obama than Clinton.
CNN and all news have an obligation to give the Nader campaign equal time on their coverage of the campaign. Nader will get mentioned today and when he ruins the chances for the Democrats on the day of the election. But inbetween he'll be lucky to get two minutes of time from the mega corporate news giants. America needs to realize he is the only "person" actually running for president. All the others are bought and sold "personalities".
I will vote for Nader over Barack!
Sorry, Hillary, I cannot rally behind our presumptive nominee. Barack will not make a good president and he is not worthy of my vote.
Nader is irrelevant. His hubris again guides him, rather than what the country needs.
Nadar...the choice for those immature kids playing at being adults who want to take their toys and go home if they don't get their way........
A PRAYER: God, please bless Ralph Nader that he will have success in his campaign. However, lend him success only enough so that he can stop the impending scourge that is Barack Obama. God, you have saved this country from heathen leaders in the past. We ask you now, please save this country from Barack Obama. If Ralph Nader is your tool to end this blind Obama-frenzy that has gripped so many of the gullible and infirm, so be it. In you, all things are possible. Amen.
Republicans, like myself, are pleased with this. McCain is in for sure with this loser running. Finally, we can stop Obama!
Nader knows he cannot win, but he will siphon away votes from the Democrats that will make it easier for McCain to win. Obama is the loser here – his base will be slightly eroded.
I just saw on Meet the Press Ralph Nader is throwing his hat in the ring. I would suggest to Mr Nader he picks up his hat because he obviously left his brains in there. Does this guy really think he could be elected our president. There will be a few uninformed and brain dead that would vote for him but thinking he could actually win the presidency, this guy needs to get a hobby.
Ralph Nader is a selfish Bush-enabler who should be put out to pasture. Shame on you, Ralph Nader.
Haven't you been watching the news? This is the wrong year to run as an independant Ralphie boy. Either Democratic nominee will crush you and McCain.
Nader will take some of the snakecharmer Obama/Osama's mindless followers probably. Mindless followers will have two inspirational speakers to follow now. Except that Nader does have wisdom and experience whereas Obama/Osama does not. However, Hillary C. will win out over both of these empty shirts.
Go Clinton, 08
Nader is doing this out of his own inflated Ego, not for the country's sake. He once was a fine consumer's rights advocate... now he's a sad old guy looking for more personal attention. If this might give the race to the Republicans and he still doesn't care... shame on him... somebody should slap him.
Don't worry folks – Obama will still beat McCain by a landslide – let's let Don Quixote have his fun.
Nader will do the left no good by competing for votes with the Democratic nominee.
His principles are great, but politics is conducted in reality, and the reality is that, in swing states at least, every vote for Nader is a vote for McCain.
Great – I have another option beside McCain if Obama gets the Democration nomination – because Obama will never receive my vote
If Senator Obama would listen instead of bashing, he'd be a leader!
Ah, for the world to be saved by the Hillarys, Bills and now the third most egotistical entry into the Regurgitation Super Bowl, Ralph Nader. Well, bad things usually happen in threes, so now we at least know who the last entry is.................
Sounds good to me. If Obama gets the nomination I don't have to vote McCain, I can vote nader.
Oh brother, not again!
If HRC ninjas the nomination, this man will get my vote.