February 28th, 2008
12:30 PM ET
7 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. wild schield

    I saw the announcement he seems like a level headed man. the united states would do well to open up to more progressive government. this guy would make a great senator.

    February 28, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  2. TD Friedman

    This is a deep dig for this guy. It just shows how few people are even listening, not to mention he couldn't even find a senior crackpot to join him. Good luck Ralph. This will be quite the swan song.

    February 28, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  3. michaelangelo

    This is news? Do we care who his running mate is?

    February 28, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  4. Gregory Mutale

    And whose this other moron ????

    February 28, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  5. Suziq

    Ralph Nadar and Matt Gonzalez raise many issues that are important to consider in this election season – hard questions that should be addressed by the frontrunning candidates. It would be most insightful if they could hold a daily forum to alert the public to areas they feel are problematic. Doing so would guide more astute inquiry of the accomplishments and goals of the major party candidates by the public and raise the critical expectations of the voters.

    February 28, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  6. Indie in Iowa

    another first!!! Latino for vice pres.. This silly season is getting fun.

    February 28, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  7. P

    No one really cares about Nadar, except when he hands another election over to the Right.

    February 28, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  8. Brian

    Give me a break. What a couple of knuckleheads.

    February 28, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  9. Rev. Denis C. Gray

    Is there a man of greater accomplishment with respect to improving the safety of health products,travel products to name only two categories of many, for citizens not only of the US but of men women and children throughout the world?
    Is there a man of unimpeachable stature greater than that of Ralph Nader? Check out who his enemies are.
    Now he has chosen to run again for the presidency.He has chosen a running mate whom he upholds as a man whose integrity and political principles are also unumpeachable and dedicated to the betterment of the lives of American citizens.
    Take a long hard look America!Listen to what Ralph has to say.He would reclaim all that is good in politics in America.

    Your vote can make a difference. Even if Ralph is not elected the mere pressure of his presence will have only a
    good impact on American political life.
    "It is better to light one candle than curse the darkness."
    Ralph Nader's candidacy is that candle.

    February 28, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  10. Christian, Tampa FL

    Ralph Nader has no business in this campaign. He needs to drop out and admit that he was feeding his enlarged ego.

    February 28, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  11. John

    This guys career is over...

    February 28, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  12. Fred Chase in Boston

    He made his mark with "Unsafe at Any Speed". He's been speeding toward senility ever since.

    February 28, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  13. Willie C

    I wonder how much money Nader is getting from the Republican Party for running for president.

    February 28, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  14. gzb

    Oh Boy!!! San Fransisco Supervisors....

    Couldn't Nader have found a barrel that had a little higher bottom?

    February 28, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  15. Lloyd Hansen

    I am going to donate to the McCain and Nader campaigns. It's like donating to McCain twice without breaking campaign finance rules. Nader has to be my favorite loophole this year.

    February 28, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  16. RealityKing

    We don't want choices! Get it!!

    February 28, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  17. mark

    It is only fitting that Mr. Nader find someone as irrelevant as himself
    to ride off into the sunset.

    February 28, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  18. Jack

    Who cares?

    I do.

    February 28, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  19. Christopher

    Mr. Nader,

    Your decision to run (yet again!) in the up-coming US election speaks more to your own inflated ego as self-styled champion of the people than it does to reality. In fact it is so clearly reckless and out of touch as to put into suspicion all the rest of your life's work. Is that really what you want? Speaking as a retired academic: it is time to retire, Mr. Nader. Were you supporting some other "third party" candidate, my views might be different. But you, Mr. Nader, ..... I don't think so.

    [I wrote directly to Mr. Nader's website, but interestingly my email was "auto-rejected". Comments unwelcome, I conclude.]

    February 28, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  20. Jennifer

    If the Dem (Dumbs?) are stupid enough to nominate Obama, Nader gets my vote. If they nominate Clinton, I will have to think about it. In any case, I support what he stands for 100% and think it's great he's running again!

    February 28, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  21. Michael Coogen

    Nader is already condemned by history. Picking a running mate doesn't change condemnation. You know, stupidy is not a handicap in politics.

    February 28, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  22. jp/michigan

    This is America , we should have more than 2 choices in November. I for one will vote for Nader if Obama is the democratic nominee. There are many more like myself that are not smitten by Obama. Obama = good judgement or calculating politician.

    February 28, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  23. Tou

    Did this article get posted to CNN.com on accident? This story looks like it should be on the front cover of "The Onion"? Hilarious.

    February 28, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  24. D Nelson

    After the 2000 election, all Nader's support evaporated. He was barely a blip on the radar screen in the 2004 election, and will be even less noticed in '08.

    Republicans think that he will pull votes away from the Democratic candidate? As usual, they AREN'T thinking. Nader is a non-issue. A political joke.

    I doubt Nader will even enough signatures to appear on the ballot in half the states in November. The majority of America won't even have him as an option – and they won't care.

    February 28, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  25. Pat Va

    I sense a pay-off (from the RNC) for Nader to run in order to throw a monkey wrench into the campaign. Don't you guys have enough confidence in your front-runner (McCain) that he can stand on his own against his oppostion? Is he that infirm???

    February 28, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
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