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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  1. Steve

    NOT AGAIN RALPH! WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS?

    February 24, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  2. Closely Watching

    OMG, here we go again. I think we can all agree that he has the right to run and voters have the right to vote for him but this Don Quixote crusade he mounts every general election cycle only disrupts the process. Had he not run in 2000 Al Gore would have won the presidency and we would not be in the mess we are now. Even had the economy taken a tailspin under Gore we surely would not be in Iraq, and Nader has just as much blood on his hands as Bush when it comes right down to it.

    February 24, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  3. streetjustiz

    Oh, common! I thought he was dead! Please please go away Ralph.

    February 24, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  4. nwr

    Has this man no shame? Hasn't he done enough damage, particularly in 2000 when he all but handed Bush the presidency through his vain and ill conceived campaign? Instead of being the spoiler, perhaps he should consider lending his effort to building the New American Majority Barak Obama seeks. Otherwise, he should stick to his strong suit – consumer advocacy.

    February 24, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  5. Mary Whartnaby

    Ralph Nader may realize that the government is in trouble, but that does not qualify him to run for President. However, if he is persistant in running as an Independent, then why doesn't Bloomberg do the same? At least Bloomberg is a strong business man and uses common sense; it would be nice to have a person with these qualities run this country – we need it!

    February 24, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  6. Juan Grain

    Thank you Ralph,
    What you are doing for the Democrats is what Hillary would do for the GOP if she were to win the nomination. She would unite and energize them like if she were the anti Christ herself. You have just energized the Democratic party behind their only real agent of change away from the old Washington politics of the past, Barack Obama. Now it is Barack's to loose. He can be the uniter and show Americans that he indeed can sit with you and negotiate/include your party issues. Or he can risk it. My gut says that near the 11th hour of the general election the two of you will talk and look at the bigger picture of change and the realistic amount and speed at which it can travel for the good of the entire country (Blue, Red, Purple & Green).

    February 24, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  7. Andrew

    ...delusional

    February 24, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  8. Joe, Long Island, NY

    Nader has effectively endorsed Sen. McCain.

    Ralph Nader: Ruining Presidential elections for the Democrats since 1996.

    February 24, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  9. Alfred

    This man may have been a spoiler in the past but now that people fully understand his game, he will no longer succeed. He knows he is not going to wn but wants to be a spoiler. This time, he is going to get less than a quarter of a percent of the national vote. That would give him a better indication of where he stands wth the people and hopefully, this sillyness will stop.

    February 24, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  10. Erica

    this is the best news!!! I hope it takes votes away from the empty suit Obama!!!

    February 24, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  11. Leon619

    I don't believe he has the politcal captiol he once had. Ron Paul took his voters away and maybe those voters will switch to him which in turn will hurt Sen. Obama. Ralph you are a disgrace to the politcal process because he knows in his heart he wont win why waste time. By the way his turning 74 this week. Overall I don't think he will have a big impact like he did on 2000.

    By the way can't imagine how Al Gore feels today!!!

    February 24, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  12. Neal Carmichael

    There was an earlier time years ago when Naders entry into presidential politics made sense for the causes he so eloquently advocated. This is not that time, because this time it is about Nader and his entry is not driven by the same agenda, unless it was his ego that previously drove his desire for limelight. This time he may split the Paul vote, but that's about it. Four times he has run, four times America has said no thanks. This time we will hardly notice.

    February 24, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  13. Stephy, Groton Connecticut

    If she can't control her husband now, would she able to control him later?
    This is undemocratic. I want a change in this Bush/Clinton dynasty.

    February 24, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  14. CTvoter

    Oh, no...more distractions. After yesterday's "Shame on you" fiasco (being compared all over the web to the infamous Howard Dean scream), Democrats may have sealed the deal for another Republican in the White House....

    February 24, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  15. Il Teacher

    Barack should be worried about this. I will happily vote for Nada if Obama is the candidate. I am a true blue Democrat, however, in my opinion, BO=GW. Unknown, inexperience, easily manipulated, no voting record.
    Hillary or Nadar for me. I pick the devil I know over the devil I don't know!

    February 24, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  16. Ron

    Is there any substance to the Nader campaign?... Like actually winning? Both his Green Party Run for President in 2000 and Independent Run in 2004 failed to even place his name on the ballots in all 50 states. Giving speeches from college bars and expecting free media attention to get his cause to voters is just not going to get the job done. I see this as little more than a publicity stunt so he can remain in the public spotlight for his own personal ege and to sell more of his books challenging the establishment in Washington.

    February 24, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  17. Bimmer

    Way to go Nader.

    I do not want to see this soft on terrorism, soft on drugs, plagiarizing, big talk candidate to smile and talk to the mirror and proclaim: " Who said big words do not work?"

    February 24, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  18. Alex

    we are doomed if this monkey gets in the white house.

    February 24, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  19. Scott, TN

    It is now obvious that Mr. Nader has become completely delusional. The notion that a third party candidate will win the White House in November is simply ludicrous and this man knows it. Does he not understand that his decision to run could possibly result in another 2000? If so, then the man is nothing more than an egomaniac seeking public recognition and acknowledgment. Running for president based solely on one's own desire for fame is emblematic of the worst type of politician. I can only hope that Mr. Nader's candidacy goes no where and that it does not result in another destructive Republican administration.

    So Thanks Ralph. Thank you for Iraq. Thank you for this recession. Thank you for a destructive foreign policy. Thank you for Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito. Thank you for all that has gone wrong with this country in the past seven years. I pray that not a single state will let you on the ballot and that your voice will be heard by no one except yourself, especially because you seem to enjoy the sound of your own voice so much.

    February 24, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  20. Jeff

    Boo!

    February 24, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  21. Shatari

    I don't think it's fair that he is able to enter the race so late in the game, he has not put in the hard work like other candidates. All he will do is split the vote and no one should vote for him, he is tod old, he needs to be at a retirement home.

    February 24, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  22. Ninos

    Why is this even news?

    February 24, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  23. Ardnuas

    We will NOT vote for this NUT again !!!!
    Hillary has experience, but NO JUDGEMENT - she should choose Nader for her vice president !!!
    Obama/Edwards 08 Si Se Puede

    February 24, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  24. Bradley Schaubs, Greeley, CO

    You're making a big mistake, Nader. You had no chance in the past, and you certainly won't have one now. Do yourself a favor – step aside so the REAL candidates can battle it out.

    February 24, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  25. Mag

    Yay. First Nader gave us eight years of Bush instead of Gore. Let's all get ready for another round of self destructive narcissism. Maybe playing a hand in electing the man who dragged into the worst war of our history, sending the Supreme Court into the hands of the conservatives, and dooming public health care isn't enough for Mr. Nader.

    This country has a two-party system. Fragmentation seeds control. Mr. Nader's "little" party has made a difference–it's show just how bad letting the right wing factors in this country divide and conquer the left can be. It's amazing that he is so self involved that he is willing to do it again.

    February 24, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
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