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
Nader: Splitting votes since 1992!
Great so this is the fifth time Nader tries and fails to become a viable candidate. What a waste of time, money, and energy; a vote for Nader is either a non-vote or an indirect vote for McCain
What a pathetic moron. Please go away, Ralph. You took votes away from Al Gore and gave us George Bush. Please go away you little ferret.
He looks good for 74 ill give him that
Barack once again hits home and tells the truth
"He seems to have a pretty high opinion of himself" – Obama on Nader
I can't believe he has the gall to even show his face. Let's hope this is the last bit of media coverage his "candidacy" gets.
Nader please! I respect your work as a consumer advocate but how many times do you want history to repeat itself? Please don't throw this election again.
This year he will be insignificant, the Republican party is going broke. Don't count out the Democrats version of Nader to emerge. Surely an 'independent' strong against immigration amnesty, high on family and moral values, and pro tax cuts will run this time, might be a worth while investment for the Democratic party considering the circumstances.
And there goes the race.
I'd think McCain was paying him to run, if McCain had any money left.
CNN STOP DELETING MY COMMENTS! FOX AND THE NEW YORK TIMES ARE SO MUCH BETTER. We know you are biased with Obama. Nadar running is no surprise. This will impact Obama more than Clinton.
Dear Mr. Nader,
I salute you for your dedication to our democracy and the welfare of our country.
I really wish you and Dr. Ron Paul could share a ticket.
Too bad, he is not running as an Independent.
My best wishes!
Go Nader!! Show what a conman Obama is for faking his relationship with lobbyists and corporates. The poor is with you. Obama is a candidate for the rich people.
AHHHH!!!! NOT AGAIN!!! This man's Ego is out of control! He causes nothing but pain for the Democratic Party. If you look in the Dictionary under the term 'SPOILER' – there you will find the name Ralph Nader. He will NEVER be President.
Elect John McCain President. Vote Nader 2008!
Obviously, Mr. Nader doesn't realize that his 15 minutes are up. It is so sad to watch political elites who think that their ideas are so important that the rest of the country is just itching to jump on board. Sorry, Mr. Nader, that obviously is not the case. You're marginalized, and I suspect that you know that or you would have run in the primaries (but likely faced the same result as Dennis Kucinich or Tom Tancredo for that matter).
Let's hope people are so fooled again. Thanks to Ralph Nader, George Bush won in 2000. That, in my opinion, is enough reason to not even consider him as a serious candidate this year.
He is good man
And he will be a real change and I think a good one
He fought his whole life for the common man
But he will NEVER win
And he is older then McCain (74)
So what is he thinking
It makes you wonder
This guy is a complete idiot.
Hey Ralph, didn't you learn your lesson from 2000?
Thank you so much for Bush, moron.
I'm hoping that the people who voted for Nader can switch to Obama or else the conservatives can start writing "Thank you" notes to him on offering them a third Bush term.
when will this Guy give up???? who is voting for him anyway. Let him and Billary fight it.......... they are the old stablishment.
Nader hmm? Go figure....
He has too much spare time. Maybe he needs to go boil an egg.
Enough is enough Ralph, you can't win, and you will just end costing the Democrats the election. Let Barack win!!!
WHY WHY WHY WHY? Lord Help us! we're screwed
Does anybody really care?
As long as John Edwards was in the running, Ralph Nader stayed out. In case no one noticed, the day John Edwards suspended his campaign, Ralph Nader accounced his exploratory commitee. No one should be surprised! We allowed the media to choose the candidates currently in the running.
Enough with Nader's influence on the election. We all know what happened when Nader pulled viable votes from Gore. A war. Global Warming. Recession. Should I go on? He harms America more that he restore a balance to power.
Instead – let us talk about this....
The New York Post introduced a story by Nicholas Wapshott.
Obama's First Test 2/24/08
It outlines Obama's relationship with Antoin Rezco. This is important! Is CNN so caught up in Obamamania that it cannot produce such an objective and neccessary piece of news? The difference between what Obama says and what he does needs to be examined. And I mean really examined – not just a 5 min ticker. We need investigative reporting – or does CNN still do that? It needs to be addressed now, not after March 4th.
To be the best political team you must tell the whole story!!
Idiot. The only person he can hurt is a Democrat, no Republican would vote for him. This is selfish on his part and I think it's shameful to complicate the election among left-leaning persons when we know that another Republican would be disastrous for this country.