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. Cali guy

    Nader, the only candidate out there with a record beyond touch by either party. I don't agree with all of his policies either but if Hillary doesn't get the nomination I well could vote for Nader. And those that want to blame the last election results on him, first are probably just republicans stiring up bad will, but also to any Democrats that feel this way try and remember all the 200,000 Dems that voted for Bush in places like Florida. He's a good man and would serve this country well if he were to get elected as POTUS some day.

    February 28, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  2. JB Cali

    Who Cares?

    February 28, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  3. EH


    February 28, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  4. KMAN

    He might as well go pick his nose too ... the impact on the election will be the same .... NONE!! What an ego maniac ... his pomposity is simply sickening!

    February 28, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  5. Nancy

    Oh Lord here we go again, Ralph trying to ruin Obama's chance for the White House.

    February 28, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  6. Mainely Carol

    This young man must be so desperate that he is joining the futile campaing of Nader. He certainly isn't seeking any long term political career.

    February 28, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  7. Truth

    Nader is inconsequential and will be marginalized and forgotten quickly without the Green party behind him!

    February 28, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  8. randall


    February 28, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  9. Jacob, DC

    Hillary came to speak on my campus earlier this week and sold out our biggest venue an half an hour after the tickets went on sale. Obama spoke at the college across town and filled their largest venue with people still on a line several blocks long.

    Nader is speaking today on campus....and he is getting a room that fits AT MOST 75 people. It might just be me, but that's how I put this Nader guy into perspective. I hope Gonzalez (whoever he is) enjoys speaking to those 75 bemused students, but I'm not going to bother finding out.

    February 28, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  10. HomoSapien

    Idiots, both of them!

    Sorry, but no other word would do justice here......

    February 28, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  11. LoveOBAMA

    Who cares you LOSER! SPOILER< UNdercover Republican. You need to bow out gracefully as someone with integrity has like Bloomberg. You know you cannot win, so why are you here? Exactly to take votes from Democrats. I hope you get lost in the wilderness for, um the next 8.5 months.

    February 28, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  12. JR, Missouri

    CNN: Nader picks his veep!


    OH! I see what you did there! We're supposed to actually care that Nader did anything, much less pick a veep for his "ticket". You guys are pretty clever...you should take this kind of comedy on tour!

    February 28, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  13. Iris Davidson

    Mr.Nader's run for the White House will only be a plus for the Republicans because the independents will stray from Obama and Clinton with a vote for Nader.
    Why did Nader REALLY throw his cap in the ring?

    February 28, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  14. dave

    Great! Now the only thing left to do is write his concession speech!

    February 28, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  15. White John, Texas

    I watched and listened to Nader and Matt's press conference today, and I must say that I was utterly unimpressed. They offer nothing of any substance.

    They talked in circular logic about the overall mindset of Sen. Obama. What are Nader and Matt’s solutions to America’s problems? They, I guess, forgot to mention their solutions.

    I think this proves that Nader is a Republican charlatan who is out to cut into the democratic voter base and then runaway with $54 million dollars in public campaign financing.

    February 28, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  16. Craig T

    Who cares!!! Nader is irrelevant...

    February 28, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  17. Jeannie

    Why doesn't Ralph Nader just support the Green Party? That's the party he ran on last time. The answer is obvious: The man is an egomaniac who believes he's the only person qualified to be president., and supporting the Green Party candidate would not give him the attention he needs. I, for one, am ignoring his candidacy. Everybody else had to go through the primary system. Is Ralph Nader above all this?

    February 28, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  18. Rick FL

    I'm sorry, but who cares? What makes Nader think he has any chance when he lost 2 times in a row, pulling only 0.3% in 2004? Please quit wasting our time with this.

    February 28, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  19. Walt, Belton,TX

    Is Nader just trying to screw things up by going for the other vote?

    February 28, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  20. lilly

    Ralph Nader, in my opinion, has a LOW consideration for this country if he insists on a FOURTH attempt to throw the election process - in my opinion I;d like to know how much the republicans paid him to run all FOUR times....if he had any sense about him he'd back off... what a lack of consideration for this country for him to not be bright enough to know how the votes split and go to the republicans... Ralph you know better.

    February 28, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  21. HP Boston

    Good for you Nader. Sorry but we are writing in Hillary on our ballots.
    WHY? B/C we can!

    February 28, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  22. Angela

    doesnt matter what name that man uses , he is still going to finish off the country.....and Americans are going to vote for this guy..geez....

    February 28, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  23. Sue Marie, MI

    Ralph's got my vote!

    February 28, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  24. GO Hillary!

    Nader who?

    February 28, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |

    Just another point of obama truly showing his colors, if he would be sincere with the american people he would have no problem useing his middle name, he should be proud of it! But just like Obama he is a shadowy figure and I truly feel cannot be trusted. I mean what is next??? .....he will probably refuse to wear the american flag on his lapel...for some distorted reason.... oh wait... that already happened ...!!???..

    February 28, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
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