February 28th, 2008
12:30 PM ET
6 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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  1. Spirit of America

    Nader's announcement to run for President as an independent changes nothing. Had Bloomberg and his billions decided to do the same that would have changed everything. Why give Nader any coverage at all? After all, on how many ballots is he right now? On how many will he be by this fall? How many more men do we need in this race to beat the one woman who is head and shoulders above them all?

    February 28, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  2. Gino Federici

    Mr. Nader may be a victim of his own disillusionary ambition by thinking he was not a spoiler in 2004 and a renewed one in 2008.

    How in the world can someone with his purported intelligence even succumb to the conviction of few Lazarus-like fans and the evidence of his past performances?

    Talk about disgorged ego!

    February 28, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  3. RuthieM

    Oh brother, is Nader a GOP plant!?

    February 28, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  4. Mike

    Odd.

    For all the calls of "who cares?", alot of people sure are responding to this and every other Nader blog post in huge numbers.

    Matt Gonzalez is a great progressive and came within a hair's breadth of being mayor of San Francisco in 2003 and served on the board of Supervisors as President.

    Good pick.

    February 28, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  5. Hillary supporter MA

    WHAT IS YOUR MIDDLE NAME RALPH??OR IS THE NADER NAME YOUR PALESTINIAN NAME?

    PLEASE RETIRE

    February 28, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  6. HP Boston

    Shake it up Nader. The Dem's have split the party and the women are voting for Hillary whether on or off the ballot so whatever!
    Get the repukes to kill Obama and and the Dem's to kill the Dem's and all will be as it always is, frigged up!

    February 28, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  7. bridgette

    How has Hilary been discarded? If someone else had lost eleven in a row they would not still be in this race. They would not still get as much press time as she does. Huckabee is still in the race and he is hardly getting anytime air time anymore. She has not been discarded. The problem with Hilary is people aren't voting for her. It is that simple. And, I think to keep all of these American people who does not agree with her disillusional or niave is disrespectful. That is the problem with the American people they are not disillusioned anymore. The way of doing things in the past is just not working. It is time to get all of these lifers out of there and get some new blood in their and take this country into the future.

    There is no way in hell for almost thirty years that the same two families have been on the ballot to run this company. Or we need to stop kidding ourselves and stop calling ourselves a democracy if that is the case.

    It is time to move forward in a new powerful, brillant, and intelligent way.

    February 28, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  8. Pat Ryan

    Thank you CNN. I look forward with bated breath to your coverage of Lyndon LaRouche's latest effort as well.

    Or..........You could look into something useful like the wholesale subversion of the US justice department to the political machinations of Mr. Rove and his crew...............

    Nevermind.

    February 28, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  9. steven macauley

    Well they will certainly get my vote – it makes me sick to look at the people who are funding the obama/clinton campaigns. No difference between them and the reps. This is the best protest.

    February 28, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  10. u ignorants

    How ignorant can some of you people be? As an American, I am honored to have Ralph Nader as a presidential candidate. He knows he can't win but yet he runs because he knows this is a good way to bring some important issues to light. He has done more for the American public than you'll ever know, bunch of ignorants. No wonder there's a school shooting every week now. You people are so ignorant and full of anger. Before you blog, read a little people!

    February 28, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  11. Peg

    The fact that you are all responding means you really DO care about Nader running. If we give him our attention (which is what he wants) then he may become successful (which we don't want).

    So ignore him even though he has some good ideas, he (and his followers) should spend their time and money working for a candidate who can really make a difference!

    February 28, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  12. Erik

    CNN, please return to Britney Spears news, which is at least as relevant to national interests as Ralph Nader's so-called candidacy and certainly more entertaining.

    February 28, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  13. Brent Stevenson

    Nader, reign in your ego. Stop being a republican puppet.

    It would be interesting though to see how many republicans are bankrolling your campaign.

    February 28, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  14. Lou Rose

    He has a right to run. This is America and the barakas and mccains are all part of the same corrupt corporate machine. They are bought just a like a dollar menu meal and they soon will make us sick.

    February 28, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  15. Jon

    Keep it real Matt and Ralph! You have my support and thousand of others. It is time we step up and shut down big business politics in America so the work goes to the people, not the mega corporations. If you want a candidate who is for the people and actually cares about real issues realize Nader is the only one.

    Give Ralph a chance and see he wants to help YOU more than any other candidate!!!

    February 28, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  16. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I would not like to hear anything from Nader unless he has found a product that is harmful to us physically. Really, this is all the news attention we should be giving him until the end of March.

    February 28, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  17. From PA

    LATINOS FOR NADER!! if obama wins

    February 28, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  18. She's a victim!

    Nader just LOST my vote...Mr. Gonzalez doesn't seem, at first glance, to be qualified or prepared for the office of VP...are you serious?!

    February 28, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  19. RT

    If Obama wins the Democratic Nomination- Go Nader !

    February 28, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  20. SMARTEN UP!

    lol, this man is a joke. don't vote for him again!!!!!!!

    February 28, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  21. Pat M

    RALPH "NADIR," SHAME ON YOU!!!!!!

    February 28, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  22. locust

    Anyone who thinks Nader is anything but a Republican shill, ask yourself this question: what does he hope to accomplish at this stage? Just what?

    February 28, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  23. Ken - Pittsburgh PA

    What a waste of time and money - if you have to choose an independent just stay home and save the gas.

    February 28, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  24. richard

    Nader is far from perfect. However he like other 3rd party canidates are the only ones who are willing to "think outside the box." Too many elections have come and gone with no one willing ot tackle problems such as energy, government waste such as corporate welfare, and a foreign policy that has been a failure for the past 30 years. Neither major party can offer us anything other than more of the same.

    It is time for a change.

    February 28, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  25. Wyatt Lee Johnson

    Is this the voice of the US? Did my father spend 30 years in the military for people to be so hateful to a citizen who has done so much for this nation? Can you people not see that the other candidates are nothing but corporate golddiggers? When this nation becomes a 3rd world country, you will have no one to blame but your own ignorant selves!
    Lon live Ralph!

    February 28, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
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