(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.
Ralph Nader's a jerk too just like McCain. How in the world anyone would chose 'public financing' to fund their campaign over actual public financing which is of the people by the people and for the people, is absolutely mind boggling to me. Obama has built his campaign directly from the people, from small donors as well as large donors and I am glad he has chosen to continue to do this. They are all just jealous, Nader and McCain and wished the people would support them like they do Obama.
Don't start your crap Nader!
Give me a break. If any of these clowns could raise half as much as Barack, they'd be doing the same thing.
Ah, it looks like we'll have the Nader Factor" again this year. How can a person say that Democrats are less involved than Republicans in dealing with big business? I guess when you're a closet Republican yourself you can... (NOTE: He ONLY mentions Obama.) Shoo fly go away....shoo fly go away....
Haha. As if people care what Nader thinks >.>
Go away Nader!
You're among the changes we need to make. You're part of the past and you already made a difference, that being part of the reason we got George Bush. In spite of your well intentioned efforts to protect us all, you actually contributed to making the world a lesser place.
Now it's time for you to step aside.
That's a picture of John McCain, not Ralph Nader. CNN, you really suck when it comes to news. Get your act together.
Thanks for nothing in 2000, Nader.
Ralphie...I applaud your enthusiasm...but didn't you already DO enough damage in 2000 with the same kind of campaign?
Why not throw IN with OBAMA and have a real SAY in the next administration, rather than trying to risk a McCain presidency? Yours could be a powerful voice in a new Democratic administration–one that will be HEARD by a whole new generation of voters seeking real change.
I'd rather you working this angle from the inside...because it's obvious from your SILENCE the last 8 years...being on the outside has done nothing for the causes you supposedly serve.
Do us a favor Ralph ! Go away ....
Nadar is a tree falling in the forest with no one around to hear...or care.
Oh wow, they fixed it AS I was typing that. Still, it shouldn't have been a problem to begin with.
Wow, Nader is truly consistant...at being a pariah & a spoiler!!! I wish he would just go away! Who's gets happy about having only 6% of the national vote...it's a waste of time for him to be on anyone's ballot, and it's an even bigger waste to use gas money or energy to go to the polls to vote for this loser! Ugh! I vomit in my mouth at the thought of him! He'll never weasel his way into the whitehouse! Ugh!
As a fierce independent I'm disappointed by the actions of both Obama and McCain
Obama opted out because he believes he can raise more money than $85 limit
McCain wants Obama to lock himself in public finance because he knows he can’t compete with Obama in fund raising.
McCain also opted out of public financing even without FEC approval for the primaries, because he knew he needed more cash to keep his campaign alive.
Both Obama and McCain have zero credibility on when it comes to campaign finance.
SHAME UNTO EVERYONE WHO THINKS ONE IS BETTER THAN THE OTHER.
-Obama seems to have broken his promise to preserve public financing.
-McCain broke FEC rules, when he got out of public financing of his primary election without FEC approval.
None of them is clean.
Stop the biased news broad cast.
For those who don't know, get this;
FOX : is only there to promote Republican agenda.
NBC : is only there to promote the agenda of Democrats
CNN and ABC are usually neutral
The blood of the past 8 years are on your hands. In trying to prove your "point" you are continuing to damage the country and its future.
Thank you CNN.
I encourage everyone to check out Nader's presidential website. You have more than 2 options this fall.
** Nader/Gonzalez 2008 **
Go away Nader- your fifteen minutes are up and the damage you did will NEVER be forgotten. GO AWAY!
Nader's strategy is flawless. He'ss striking Obama at exactly the kind of unprincipled and sleazy politics of the Obama campaign that we true Democrats know to be wrong.
Don't drink the koolaid.
To Ralph Nader: Go away and leave us alone.
NADER YOU ARE A JOKE
*eyeroll* This idiot. I'm glad he has enough money to gamble with the next four years, but I don't. Luckily Bob Barr will cancel him out this time.
I wish Nadar would just go away. If not for him Bush would never made it to the White House. He is a true spoiler. How many times has he run?
Why don't Nader dry up and blow away we are so tired of his nonsence .
What does he represent answer is NOTHING
He is as usefull as a log stuck in a tunnel .
Go away Nader out of our sight.