February 26th, 2008
08:09 AM ET
10 years ago

Will he have an impact?


Watch Tad Devine, a former adviser to Al Gore, discuss what impact Ralph Nader may have in the 2008 presidential race? (Getty Images)

Filed under: Ralph Nader
soundoff (95 Responses)
  1. Ray - NJ

    He gets my vote if Obama is the nomination.

    February 26, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  2. jp/michigan

    Whether or not he has influence, this is one democrat that will vote for him, if Obama is the nominee. I will not support an democratic token to the White House.

    February 26, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  3. R P

    I do not like him, but he is the only one with long ranges plans thta will work. The Obamaand Clinton web sites are full of economic and social patches copied from the Office of Budget and Management and the Congressional Library.

    February 26, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  4. James

    Ralph Nader has no party backing and no support network. He will not qualify to be on the ballots this fall. Ralph just wants attention.

    February 26, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  5. Robinson

    ohhh God, this guy again. Does he work for the republican?
    At least we know that we him in the middle, the republican will win again.
    And there will be no Obama president...Thank's God fot that.

    February 26, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  6. Jose Card - Independent

    Ralph Nader will promote democracy in the U.S. and the world by running as an Independent. Thanks, Mr. Nader!

    February 26, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  7. Paul from Kissimmee

    I think he will have an impact. Obama and Clinton have some really strange ideas. The Democratic Party is not what it use to be back in my parents days. They were not this far left. He will affect the Republican vote as well, but not as much of the Democratic.

    February 26, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  8. gabriel

    all of these "issues of our time" that the commentator mentions-the ones that the democratic party must address- are all tied to the corporate takeover of washington. environmental degredation would not be an issue if it weren't for corporations pushing their limits with government regulations. employment wouldn't be an issue if it weren't for corporations moving jobs over seas. i wish Nader stood a chance, i think he is the change our country needs, unfortunatley selling ideas rather than doing anything about them is what washington is all about. -not to mention greed. though i must say-if hillary is the nominee- i'll be voting for nader.

    February 26, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  9. Jim

    I hope he do have an impact on Obama and the Media. Obama, gets all of the free ride. Ralph, need to go on the attach ASAP. I will vote for Ralph any day.

    February 26, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  10. slimgreen

    He's got my vote.

    Of course that doesn't mean much to anyone but me.., huh.

    February 26, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  11. Veronica

    Ralph Nader, you were a spoiler for Al Gore in 2000 and that was a bad thing... This time you can be a spoiler for Barack Obama and that would be a good thing. Go for it! Prevent the cult leader from moving into the White House.

    February 26, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  12. clarity

    You know that Ralph is another word for puke.
    As in 'after eating a dodgy takout she felt ill, and ralphed it back up.'

    I think that America will be feeling ill if this guy becomes an enabler for the Republicans again.

    He'll have more of an effect on an Barak candidacy than a Hillary run.

    February 26, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  13. Lloyd Hansen

    If Obama loses he should team up with Nader on an independant ticket. If Clinton loses Nader would be a good person to endorse because he shares her positions and is not Obama.

    February 26, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  14. Walter Nyabere

    Go to sleep old man, you have been out of the picture for a while and everyone knows what you are all about – BS.

    February 26, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  15. TC

    Nadar = spoiler. If you want your vote to count, vote for a person who has a real chance of winning (Obama or Hilary). Let not waste any votes. It seems as if someone is encouraging him to continue this insanity to perhaps get some democratic votes. Democratics don't fall for this! (5 runs and each failed).

    February 26, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  16. Debbie

    Yes he will have an impact. It gives those Dem voters who don't want either Hilliary or Obama a chance to give a null Dem vote. This is better than not voting at all or switching to Rep. It will give a true count of those people who are truly voting for Obama or Hilliary and not just
    doing an "eenie meenie minee moe" to stay Dem.

    February 26, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  17. Bill

    I fear that both Nader and the closeness of this race could have an effect on the Democratic party's success. If Clinton loses, I think a lot of her supporters will not support Obama in protest. The reason I say this is because the attacks have become more intense as of this week and this is something that can tear down a party. Second, there has become this issue of experience in foreign policy, and I think it is ridiculous. How has Hillary Clinton, John McCain or Barack Obama ever had sufficient power to make foreign policy determinations? They haven't. The reality is, that dealing with foreign policy issues are often learned on the job. Ronald Reagan was governor of Cal. No foreign policy experience, but did a good job in a dangerous time. With regard to foreign policy, a person's approach does matter. McCain is moving more to the center on the war with his comments, the war will be over soon. He is looking to pick up the votes from what is becoming a very emotional democratic race. I hope that whoever loses, quickly turns over their support to the democratic nominee.

    February 26, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  18. J Houston, TX

    Of course he will! We all pray he will! He's not going to get elected, but maybe he can force the two parties in power to recognize that they still have responsibility to their constituents or we will go elsewhere. It's the most positive face in politics today.

    February 26, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  19. Raymond Ito

    Nader is inconsequential.

    February 26, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  20. Jim Kansas

    Of course he will, a vote for Nader is a vote for the Republican party. While I am all for third party participation, Nader is a lost cause, he has no support, he has no viable platform and his sole purpose in life at this point is to be a spoiler. I would rather see Carrot Top run for President, he would at least have a fresh outlook.

    February 26, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  21. Joe

    Ralph Who? Sorry, but this guy is yesterday's news. He cost the Democrats the race in 2000 and I suspect a lot of people remember that.

    February 26, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  22. Jim Bethlehem, pa

    Sadly enough the only impact this man will ever be remembered for is throwing the 2000 election to George Bush. He is a pariah and will forever be seen as one. He needs to go away forever and never, ever return.

    February 26, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  23. Roger, SC

    If voting for Nader means a spoiler for Obama I will vote for him....the media has given Obama a free ride with their open support for him & if it means McCain I can live with that.....

    February 26, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  24. Richard, FL

    If Ralph Nader cared anything at all about our political situation he would not show up just once every four years.

    February 26, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  25. Kay

    What's the more strategic move to keep Obama from winning in the general election, voting for McCain or voting for Nader? I am sincerely asking this question if anyone has an opinion on this. Thanks.

    February 26, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
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