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, please crawl back into the shadows.... there is no appetite for you.
Let the games begin.
It becomes clearer that the Republican will have another 8 years after Nader entered the race
here we go again...
Nader's so silly!
I don't care how much money the Republicans are paying him to enter the race, this will not stop Obama and his supporters from taking this nation back and putting the power back in the hands of the people!
I will vote for Nader if Obama wins the dem nom. If Obama puts Hillary on the ticket with him, then I willl vote Obama. (three times is the charm!)
CNN.....where was Hillary's comment on Nader entering the race??? Your bias is showing again. Not all of us care what Obama has to say.
We can thank this old fossil who never had any chance of winning of being a spoiler and causing Democratic defeats in God knows how many past elections. He is an egotistic selfish old man.
Can we all just laugh this old guy off the political stage? He is at this time and place irrelevant, the only one who doesn't realize that is himself.
Mr. Nadar..your insane...
if obama is the democratic candidate nader will have little to no effect on the democratic votes. if clinton is the democratic nominee, nader may be a factor, if not anything else but a distraction. nader may have had a chance at one time, but in this election cycle, nader offers little change.
#1 enemy of this country.
Better alternative to Obama!
This guy is a republican in sheeps clothing.
Obama just lost the white house, THANK YOU Nader I will have someone to vote for.
Anyone but Obama 08
I wonder how much Rove and the GOP paid this jerk to be a spoiler again? Unless he is retarded, he must know that he can never, ever win. He is viewed as a little unhinged by most of America.
Rlaph Nader is obviously working for the GOP as some type of operative. They see that Obama is virtually unstopppable, and may be the most popular candidate since JFK, and they call up old man Nader to shake things up a little. Lol..I actually feel bad for Nader, he has no idea what he's up against in Barack Obama. Obama will own him from day one, and at 74, Nader will be viewed as completely out of touch with average Americans. He's make a decent economic advisor to the Obama administration, but don't call us Ralph, we'll call you!
this is an interesting developement. Obama will have his hands full with this. He will not only have McCain to deal with, but also Nader to the left of him. And if appears that Obama will be the proverbial "monkey in the middlle".
We shall see how the talented young politicial handles this new development. This will be an election that will be talked about for years and years to come.
I dont think he should run or anybody should run now because it would mess up Obama's chance of winning
While I admire R. Nader's stance on the environment and his dedicated efforts on the behalf of American consumers, it's incredibly sad that his ego is such that he believes this race needs him. He helped George Bush in 2000 by taking votes away from Al Gore. Thanks a lot, Ralph.
When you vote for a 3rd party (like R. Nader) you are only helping the party you like least (Bush in 2000 and now McCain, in 2008).
If you really care for this county, Mr. Nader, please reconsider what you are doing.
I would never take this man seriously, He comes in halfway through the race..He is a fool ...he is only helping republicans..He is paid by Republicans, and he knows it.....Jackie ...(IOWA)
As a rule I like to give some respect to people who run for office, But this deserves NONE. Ralph Nader , who once had a voice that carried some significance is now a PATHETIC SHADOW of his former self. If CNN, FOX, NBC, CBS and ABC wants to do the rest of the world a favor.. IGNORE HIM!!! He is not worth the time PERIOD. He will have the same over all effect in this race as pouring a gallon of water would effect the height of an ocean ...NONE. Some people just can't face the fact that their time has come and gone..Its pretty SAD...
What is his platform ...recycling garbage. Isn't there an opening for President in Cuba? Let's send Nader there.
From the man who brought us Eight years of GW, the 2nd Gulf War, and two horrible supreme court justices, comes another self indulgent episode of narcissism.
I wonder if Mr Nader will be able to gather enough signatures to actually nominate him in his chosen states to satisfy FEC rules???