February 28th, 2008
12:30 PM ET
10 years ago

Nader picks running mate

 Matt Gonzalez ran for mayor of San Francisco in 2003.

Matt Gonzalez ran for mayor of San Francisco in 2003.

(CNN) - Ralph Nader has selected a former San Francisco city official as his running mate in the presidential race.

Nader announced his selection of Matt Gonzalez, who served as a public defender and a member of the board of supervisors in San Francisco, at a news conference Wednesday.

"It is an honor to run with Mr. Nader," Gonzalez said. "I hold him in high esteem and share his politics."

Gonzalez said his priorities in the campaign are election reform, poverty and the war in Iraq.

"I find Matt Gonzalez unwavering in his principles," Nader said.

He announced Sunday that he will launch his fourth consecutive White House bid - fifth if his 1992 write-in campaign is included.

Many Democrats fear Nader could draw votes from whoever gets the party's nomination, potentially helping presumptive Republican nominee Sen. John McCain win the White House in November. Nader has long rejected accusations that he served as a spoiler in 2000, in effect helping George W. Bush beat out Al Gore.

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soundoff (133 Responses)
  1. Okra Mouth

    2 sure losers

    People, don't waste your votes on Nader

    February 28, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  2. New York City

    When will the independent party put this gut out to pasture? Enough already!!!

    February 28, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  3. Kathryn Irby

    Pick away Nader!!! You may as well be picking you nose while you're at it!!! You are AGAIN wasting your time! You have no desire to become President. You just want to be devisive, as you were before!
    You're an idiot!

    Kathryn Irby
    Metairie, LA

    February 28, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  4. Diane, GA

    And we care...because?

    February 28, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  5. bond

    Who cares. End of story.

    February 28, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  6. Myron

    Nadar bad news for America, famous but for what?, big mouth no results one hit looser wants to destroy America for his own insanity-hey he just like most politicians–but this one doesnt smile

    February 28, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  7. LatinoNation

    smart move ! hmmmm!

    February 28, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    His middle name is actually a positive: maybe it will be a cue for the rest of the world to see how Americans overcome fear and accept love. His name signifies that AMERICANS ARE NOT SCARED of anything... we embrace love, truth, and courage for what it is. A name is a name.

    I don't know about you, but the SCARIEST name out there is CLINTON.

    February 28, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  9. Brent

    Dear Ralph,


    The Rest of the World

    February 28, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  10. matt

    if obama wins.. hes gonna get my vote

    February 28, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  11. Randy - Denver

    I knew Mr. Gonzalez when I was stationed in Alameda, he is basically a good man, and a good choice for VP on a run that will not go anywhere.

    February 28, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  12. Brian M. From Fort Mill, S.C.

    Who cares???

    February 28, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  13. FELISA

    who? Ooh he wants the latino vote. Nice try old man. I hear he's even older than McCain.

    February 28, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  14. Darth Vadik, CA

    I would love to see Nader in a cage match with Ron Paul.

    My money would be on Nader, and I would love to see somebody slap the "free market crap" mentality out of Ron Paul.

    February 28, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  15. Stavy

    Who cares! Nader is being paid by the republicans...but this time it won't work. The blinders are out and Americans can see this for what it is.

    February 28, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  16. Obamista NYC

    What a waste of time and money!

    February 28, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  17. Praetorian, Ft. Myers, FL

    Two nuts are better than one!!!

    Go Nader...

    Divide the Democrats by sifting off the way-left loonies!!

    McCain will be elected, the nation will be spared a journey into socialism, and the Cherubs will sing praises.

    Go Nader!!

    February 28, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  18. Michael

    Ralph Nader? Ralph Kramden has a better chance-and he's dead!

    February 28, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  19. Connie

    (Richmond, Va.)
    If the law requires you to give Nader airtime, PLEASE make it the minimum amount!!!! If not, please ignore him. He is not going anywhere with this race and he knows it. He's just an old, moth-eaten lonely man who lives from election to election to come out out the closet and get attention! If he really cared about America, he'd let us (Dems) have the chance to get in there and begin to repair damages and address these issues.


    February 28, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  20. Charles

    Ralph Nader please stop toying with the American voters. You could have picked the Easter Bunny for VP and still gotten the idiot vote that you were going to get running without a VP. Get serious and GET OUT OF POLITICS, 300 + million Americans and a forest somewhere in the world will be grateful.

    February 28, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  21. Tom Wittmann

    I think people will be surprised how many votes he will attract of:

    1) A few "ultra" GOP radio hosts and their followers protest votes against McCaine

    2) A lot of disgruntled Democrats as protest because Hillary was discarded.

    3) Further protest votes of people which do not like neither the GOP and DEM candidates,

    4) And even a few which approve of Nader's view and wish to send a signal

    I am reasonable sure that NADER has perceived these protest tendencies by the ranting of Rush Limbaugh and Co. and the bitter
    attacks of Hillary on Obama, jointly with the incredible fanatism of
    her supporters.


    February 28, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  22. NickNas

    And who exactly Cares??? Must be nice to jump into the race after missing all of the debates with the people who would have torn him to bits!!!!

    February 28, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  23. lynx


    Is only an arrogant relic, but planted ,maybe even unwittingly, to foil the Democrtats' chance at the White House. The people are much smarter than that this time.

    February 28, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  24. Veronica

    Go Away!

    February 28, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  25. May

    Nader needs to run for the city council where he lives first. I am sure he will not win a seat in his own city. He can't just pop up every 4 years excepting to win the presidency. He is in part responsible for the war in Iraq. It is obvious he has become a tool of the republicans.

    February 28, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
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