February 24th, 2008
10:12 AM ET
6 years ago

Nader enters race

Nader said Sunday he will mount another presidential run.
Nader said Sunday he will mount another presidential run.

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.

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  1. Alexandra

    Nader, please crawl back into the shadows.... there is no appetite for you.

    February 24, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  2. Sarah

    Let the games begin.

    Obama '08

    February 24, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  3. Mo

    It becomes clearer that the Republican will have another 8 years after Nader entered the race

    February 24, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  4. av3

    here we go again...

    February 24, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  5. Go Obama

    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!

    February 24, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  6. deanne

    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!)

    February 24, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  7. Geri

    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.

    February 24, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  8. Roy

    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.

    February 24, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  9. Elenadia

    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.

    February 24, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  10. Will

    Mr. Nadar..your insane...

    February 24, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  11. joe m.

    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.

    February 24, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  12. Jay

    #1 enemy of this country.

    February 24, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  13. democrat_2008

    Better alternative to Obama!

    February 24, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  14. Lori from Houston

    This guy is a republican in sheeps clothing.

    February 24, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  15. Tom

    Obama just lost the white house, THANK YOU Nader I will have someone to vote for.

    Anyone but Obama 08

    February 24, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  16. JMK

    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.

    February 24, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  17. Jerry, Denver,CO

    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!
    OBAMA 08!!!

    February 24, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  18. Stan

    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.

    February 24, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  19. GM ON THE BLOCK

    I dont think he should run or anybody should run now because it would mess up Obama's chance of winning

    February 24, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  20. D.Casey

    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.

    February 24, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  21. Jackie

    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)

    February 24, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  22. Ron

    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...

    February 24, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  23. Larry M.

    What is his platform ...recycling garbage. Isn't there an opening for President in Cuba? Let's send Nader there.

    February 24, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  24. Mag

    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.

    February 24, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  25. John

    I wonder if Mr Nader will be able to gather enough signatures to actually nominate him in his chosen states to satisfy FEC rules???

    February 24, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
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