February 24th, 2008
10:12 AM ET
7 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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– CNN's Josh Levs


Filed under: Ralph Nader
soundoff (462 Responses)
  1. Pat M Canada

    Can America ever have an election that does not resemble
    a Comedy Hour or Laugh In?

    Guess Bloomberg will be next now ... And then Karl Rove.

    February 24, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  2. MB

    why??????????

    February 24, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  3. Joe - STL

    Hopefully someone donates a Corvair for him to use as a campaign vehicle.

    February 24, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  4. Ken Austin, TX

    It is too late for Mr. Nader. And if you think the Latino vote for Barack Obama was low because of his name being unpopular to them, then Mr. Nader can surely count their votes out. Besides, where has he been during all of the crucial debates...what/where are his views on the economy, healthcare, and the Iraq war? These are things we need to know about him, and he has too short of a time to convince people that he is on point with these things. Forget it Mr. Nader, it's just not going to happen.

    February 24, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  5. Guy, IA

    Oh, no!! Not again. What a spoiler!

    February 24, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  6. Stanley

    Excellent news for John McCain!

    February 24, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  7. anonymous

    too bad!!!
    don't think he'll achieve much – maybe a little bad publicity!

    February 24, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  8. Anonymous

    Rush Limbaugh thanks you!

    Hopefully you can pull enough votes to sink the dems and put "Bomb bomb bomb Iran" McCain in the white house.

    What a goofball.

    February 24, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  9. twinmom48

    Catch the Tina Fey SNL Weekend Update.

    February 24, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  10. marc

    Congratulations Democrats ;(
    Now the race gets silly.

    February 24, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  11. richard

    STAY OUT NADER.!

    -BECAUSE OF YOU IN 2000 WE GOT STUCK WITH BUSH

    February 24, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  12. Frank

    Go away Mr. Nader. Why do you wish to have four more years of bush style policy under Mccain?

    February 24, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  13. Democracy needs Third parties

    As independent or as GP candidate? I know nader won GP primaries in California but there are others greens seeking nomination.

    February 24, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  14. Gary

    Yeah! Now the left has its own Ron Paul!

    February 24, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  15. Lydia

    Here we go again! The perennial spoiler. Had he not siphoned votes that might have gone to Gore, we would not have had this seven year nightmare known as George W. Bush. He serves no good purpose to America or to its people.

    February 24, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  16. Willy

    If Mike Huckabee does not get the nomination and big corporations and the media is going to shove Clinton, McCain or Obama down our throats then YES GO RALPH NADER!

    February 24, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  17. Will

    Please don't do this Mr. Nader. I have problems with the two party system, but you running for president is just a waste of time, money, and effort. You won't win. The only thing you could possible do is take votes away from the democratic candidate. I can understand you running once, but now it reeks of ego. Just sit this one out.

    February 24, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  18. Tom Wittmann

    Nobody really cares about NADER. Nevertheless, by the simple fact to
    appear on the ballot and his opposition to the traditional parties, h will carry some protest votes, especially some from Hillary's former supporters unhappy with Obama, even if the bulk of these will rather abstain

    TOM

    February 24, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  19. music girl

    I think it would be great if nader won.... but lets be real all he is going to do is take votes away from the democrats... so either he should withdraw his candidacy or we will be faced with another republican party in office

    February 24, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  20. Jacob S

    I guess Nader really likes the idea of a President John McCain then, eh?

    That's the only thing his running for president helps to happen.

    February 24, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  21. Kasey

    Good for Nader! I applaud his decision. The Dems are going to hate him for this and the GOP will be celebrating...what a great day.

    February 24, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  22. Anne

    It's a shame to see a man who once did so much for this country with his consumer activism reduce himself to jousting at windmills. It makes me wonder whose compaign will be undermined this time.

    February 24, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  23. Tom

    Nader = real change

    February 24, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  24. Luisa

    Please go to: YOUTUBE AND TYPE IN HEADLINE NEWS POLITICS..LUISA 1331..TALK ABOUT INJUSTICE, THIS VIDEO HAS BEEN SENT TO SEVERAL SENATORS, PRESIDNETIAL CANDIDATES ANSD SO ON..PLEASE READ THE COMMENTS

    February 24, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  25. hkitty

    Good, if Obama gets the Dem nod, I have someone to vote for other than him.

    February 24, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
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