(CNN) – A presidential rival is fundraising off of Barack Obama’s decision to reject public financing for the general election, using the move to fuel allegations the presumptive Democratic nominee is a policy-shifting flip-flopper.
But it isn’t John McCain.
Ralph Nader’s campaign sent an e-mail to supporters Friday that paints Obama as too close to big business and special interests. “Ralph Nader stands for shifting the power from the big corporations back to the people. Period. Full stop. End of story,” writes the Nader campaign. “Contrast that with Senator Obama.”
The message highlights what it says are changes in the Illinois senator’s positions on public spending limits, NAFTA and economic populism, and says that Obama has surrounded himself with “veterans of the military industrial complex status quo.” It does not mention his Republican counterpart, John McCain.
“We're at six percent nationwide in the most recent CNN poll. We're going to be on ten state ballots by the end of June. And we're shooting for 40 by the end of the summer,” writes the Nader campaign. “Together, we are moving forward. And together, we will make a difference in November.”
Barack Obama’s lead over John McCain increased by one point in the most recent CNN national poll when Nader, a perennial presidential contender, was included as one of the options.
Nader Who? Sit down and shut up. Another wretched old man who needs to be banned from the election process.
He's getting his money from small donors. This is something Nader should support. I don't understand why Nader's taking issue with this.
Who cares what Nader thinks, you did not win the nomination so please shut your face...
Nader, you're a fool.
Who gives a crap what Ralph Nader says? He is a has been, who had his 15 minutes and who desperately wants to be back in the spot light. Who even pays attention to Ralphie any more, but a few fanatics. What an idiot!
Go away you senile old spoiler. You have done your country enough damage for 2 lifetimes. You know you can't win, you just want to screw up the election.
OH SHUT UP RALPH
Nader? Is he still alive? I think Obama needs to brush Ralph off of his shoulders...
I have never fully understood Ralph Nader's campaigns. If he was defending the public so much, where has he been lately. While he may be still doing work as claimed, it is just not grabbing headlines.
He always seems to enter these races to solely be the spoiler. How that helps the public at large is what puzzles me. He stands almost no chance in winning, especially today. Most voters under 40 most likely need to scratch their head a second when they hear his name.
Wow, Nader looks an awful lot like McCain in this picture...
I wonder if there's any incentive from McCain and his campaign for Ralph Nader... HMMMMMMMMMMM... Typically the third party works against the Democratic nominee for republican incentive!!
GET THE HELL OUT NADER!!! YOU'RE OBSOLETE!!!!!!!!!!!!
Its the public that funded the Obama Campaign, just regular folks, silly. JUST ANOTHER SPIN.
It is a shame that Ralph Nader, who was once very respected, has decided to let his ego direct his actions. He has absolutely destroyed his reputation by these ridiculous runs for President; I know of no one who pays any attention to Ralph Nader these days.
Even that "nut Case" nader can smell "CRAP' when he listens and see's what Obama says and does.
Ralph Nader, you share the blame during past elections that put Bush in the White House. Shut up already. That's all i need to say.
Ralph Nader isn't "a presidential rival." He's one of the several third party candidates that usually show up on ballots and who all have about the same chance - zero. That's not to say he shouldn't run, but the only reason he gets press coverage and these other third party candidates don't is because of his history. If you're going to focus on Nader, be fair and focus on the other third party candidates, too. Not that reportage is ever necessarily "fair."
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Nader....your 6% of the vote claim is gonna evaporate really soon. DOnt expect a single dollar for your crazy campaign.
Nader will be the best thing to happen for Obama. It will split off far more of McCain voters then it will Obama voters.
So I say, let him stay, keep him in. It will only help Obama. And by the time he's done, he'll have painted himself out of ever being taken serious again.
It's a win-win situation for the Democrats.
"Ralph Nader stands for shifting the power from the big corporations back to the people."
What?!? Seriously, refusing public financing has given ALL of the power to Obama's supporters (the people)...we are the ones that will financially support Barack, not the PACs and interest groups public financing provides loopholes to. Barack is the ONLY major candidate to refuse PAC/lobbyist money and he has made the DNC implement that policy as well.
Maybe Nader is confused...isn’t McCain the one taking from Big Money? The suggestion that Obama is the only candidate to "flip-flop" is ridiculous. At least Obama has a rational explanation as to why he has changed his mind rather than simply deny that he did.
Nader is even more irrelevant...
Wonder how many Republicans are funding Nader to strip votes off Obama.
This dirt bag gave us 8 years of Bush. Now he is cracking Obama. Hit bottom, dig. – Nader
I agree the Obama cult is a policy-shifting flip-flopper!
Among LIE after LIE after LIE!
Along with total disrespect for the Voters and Democracy.
Ralph who? That old skelitoid needs to go back into the hole that he hides in for 3.5 yrs. This snake sticks his undercover republican head up just to help them. Obama has the money and now they want to tie his hands. I will send him money every payday so that I can be more of a part of the change that is going to come. The hate will come out for all to see just like it did with Bill and Hillary. The use of code words just to say that we are one of you but Obama is not is the way they do it. He is more of us all than John McSame or Ralph Who.
Obama08 with or without you.