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. Ohio for Obama

    Those who support Ralph Nader this November should be the first people to lose their jobs, homes, and health care for giving the Republicans another 4 years in office...

    February 26, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  2. TheLeftNut

    Nader has a proven track record of change...FOR THE WORSE!

    Biggest thing Nader did was help give the 2000 elections to Baby Bush.

    For everything he did as a public advocate, he will be remembered for the 2000 election that set this country in a downward spiral in so many ways.

    February 26, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  3. Quinn

    Nader is an absolute joke. He is an alternative to making sense.

    I didn't believe I would see the day where the democratic party would be so split. Too many Hillary supporters on this board are just bitter about everything.

    A vote for McCain in November was the answer to every Hillary supporter's woes. Now they can use Nader to pout. This only makes sense to 5-year olds.

    I wonder if Hillary will even consider trying to repair all of the damage she has done once she loses. I think there's a 50/50 chance that she will just dissappear and never lend her supporters to Obama. In case you are wondering why she would do that...it's called being gracious in defeat. Something all good leaders do when they put their party before themselves.

    February 26, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  4. ron

    nader = change you can really believe in

    February 26, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  5. Jed in Texas

    Thanks Ralph,your making a difference in what they are saying already.The consumers of America need to be heard in this age of "just trust the companies" to keep us safe,Toys,pet food, medicine etc.The companies dont care who dies or how many as long as they make lots of dough.

    February 26, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  6. Eli

    This should be enough to get GORE to come out in support for Hillary Clinton. Nader has always and will be a spoiler. Al Gore should be mad about Nadar taking his win and come out against him.

    February 26, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  7. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    This old [flatula] is a great consumer crusader but a politically naive and counterproductive force. Hopefully, his impact will be negligible, the same as the amount of time he deserves in our political dialogue.

    February 26, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  8. David

    of course he will. have you seen Clinton's and Obama's reation. like a couple of punk kids that can't share the public merry-go-round ride. sorry, but last time I checked it is legal and within Nader's right to run. this is not supposed to be just a two-party system.

    February 26, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  9. Douly

    This guy works for the republican party, if you vote for him prepare for ww III under the guidence of MC'cains Foreign policy woes' we are doomed! 😦

    February 26, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  10. D. Williams; Miami, FL

    I'm going to take a stab in the dark and say... NO.

    February 26, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  11. WARD

    Nader is a glory hound who is chasing the glory days he never had I would not be surprise if one of the parties paid him to run for president. When I see nader running I just see the same old washington poltics

    February 26, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  12. slapstick, FLORIDA

    Folks who are interested in throwing their vote out of the window on a vote for Nadar should save their gas and just not go to the poles in November. It is a shame that many hate Obama or Clinton that much that they would throw the vote away. LOL. The republicans were banking on people like you to do that.

    February 26, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  13. Jesse

    Nader is a 4 time loser and more and more people are begining to not take his campaign seriously. Lets be realistic, he will not be President, and those who support him would've wasted their vote. They say that their voices will be heard, but only for one meaningless night.

    February 26, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  14. Jenny, Rio Vista, CA

    Have all the people on this blog who have said they are going to vote for Nadar, donated to his campaign yet. If not, I think you had better go do it because he is relying on donations. So go put your money where your mouth is.

    February 26, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  15. SharonR

    I just wish another independent would jump in but it better not be anyone that the media has endorsed

    February 26, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  16. NickNas

    GREAT! Now all of the Racist and Sexist Voters have someone to vote for. Good for them. Maybe they will quite all the silly bashing in the forums now. I think itis good for them ..now when the lose they will finally see that THEY are the minority now in the US.

    February 26, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  17. Obama = 44


    February 26, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  18. anon

    He received 2.7% in '00, and .03% in '04.
    Does anyone think he'll be a facotor in '08?

    February 26, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  19. Lamps

    He should get more coverage by news networks including CNN. He has the right to get his views across.

    February 26, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  20. Alice in Florida

    If Obama gets the Democratic nomination, Nader has my vote. I am at the point where I can no longer even stand to hear Obama's voice or the media singing his praises for who knows what reason. I just turn the TV off, just as I do when George W. Bush is on.

    February 26, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  21. SP

    Ralph will go down in history as a sad figure – an idealist with no clue. His name will become a verb – to be nadered meaning to be screwed by someone who thinks he is doing good. It's a shame since young Ralph did some good things back in the day but now all old Ralph does is play double agent for the Bush Republicans.

    February 26, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  22. Obama all the way...

    Go Away!!!!!!!!!!!! No one cares Nadar!!!!!!!!

    February 26, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  23. Joel

    Obama though young, is our best hope for the future of this planet and country. While I do not wholly disagree with Ralph Nader's policies all he is truly doing is steeling the thunder away from the person who needs it right now. It seems suspect to me. More a right-wing, last-ditch, desperate ploy to rob this country for another term. "100 year war" says it all. And if Nader knew what was best for our country he would support the candidate of change not steal the needed votes.

    February 26, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  24. Cat, Costa Mesa, CA

    I don't get this ralph nader= spoiler thing. Last time I checked, he didn't cast all those votes, the voters did! Obviously Al Gore had little in common with a large enough sect of the democrats that the party folded in on itself.

    Now, I'm not a nader fan, but before you go attack him, look to his supports and see what message they're listening to.

    And remember, this is america, everyone has just the same right to vote for their candidate as you do for yours.

    February 26, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  25. HP Boston

    Let Nader in he must shake it up and call the Obama roller group to task.
    What is he going to CHANGE and HOW?

    He is gathering all the WASHINGTON PHONYS to him so I guess he owes his soul to DC insiders now.

    February 26, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
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