June 20th, 2008
11:47 AM ET
7 years ago

Nader campaign hits Obama in new fundraising pitch

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Nader’s campaign is taking aim at Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama in a new fundraising pitch.
Nader’s campaign is taking aim at Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama in a new fundraising pitch.

(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.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Ralph Nader
soundoff (239 Responses)
  1. GO AWAY!!!!

    Another old white woman for Obama
    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.Begone! DITTO!!!!!

    June 20, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  2. moreinfo

    On most points Nader seems to be right. But somehow he generates strong feelings that he is doing it to spoil the elections for Obama and not for what he, ostensibly, believes in.

    June 20, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  3. Jeff D, South Bend, IN

    Another old going-senile has-been. If he were going to win anything, then – just like McCain – he would have already done it by now.

    Enough with the old-world politics. Let's elect someone who has an IQ higher than 20.

    June 20, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  4. Independent

    Nader please leave politics because you are a spoiler. You are 75 years and should enjoy your retirement. Keep your opinions to yourself.

    June 20, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  5. Carl from va

    The "spoiler" is back.
    I get the feeling that the biggest contributors to his campaign are Republicans...

    June 20, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  6. Tangy

    I wish Ralph would not run. He paved the way for Obama, now he needs to step back. Barack is doing what Nader should have done years ago. He needs to work in the Barack administration and make a difference that way. Not the way he's doing it, at the eleventh hour, after Barack is worn out from dealing with the Clinton machine.

    Come on supporters Barack needs us now–let's support him.

    June 20, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  7. Timberdoodle

    Just something for CNN to use to fill in space and time with little or no meaning in the real scheme of things.

    June 20, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  8. Republican for Obama

    Had to add this quote too:

    "He [Nader] is, I believe, an authoritarian, a man on a white horse, and I for one, hope that he will never ride into the White House." - David Sanford, Nader's former editor, 1976

    June 20, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  9. Anita from Arizona

    Ralph Nader!!!... Oh I thought they said Darth Vader. Can we read about Darth Vader instead??

    June 20, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  10. John from LA

    Hey Bots-why so hateful with the comments???(shows your pissed off that others may have a differing viewpoint than your Savior!
    -I thought you all have the new way of politics under your belts-Obama is from Chicago Politics-OLD WORLD-down and dirty! Daley style!

    -Nader will have my vote

    June 20, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  11. m.

    Dear Mr. Nadar – a. Read the comments on this blog to get a better view of public opinion regarding your campaign. b. Look at the total number of comments posted to realize how many people still pay attention to your existence. c. Begin researching retirement homes.

    June 20, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  12. No Hillary Gore VP

    Nader get lost you are a creep

    June 20, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  13. helen

    Get this loser out of here. We will not have 8 years of Bush it it wasn't for him. He is a snake.

    June 20, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  14. Posn

    Nader why waste your time and ours go away........ We have had enough distractions during this election year, we dont need you stirring the kool-aid when you dont know the flavor.

    June 20, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  15. Belle2

    I have voted for every Democratic nominee since Carter. However, I don't want to be connected to Democrats (or anyone else) who would use the tactics of persuasion used in the comments and blogs of the various websites I have seen. I don't know if these are written by young people who simply were not taught to respect other opinions or if these people are just mean spirited.

    In any case, I hope you understand that you are not helping anyone when you resort to calling people names or otherwise insulting them. It makes it clear that you cannot support your position and, therefore, hope to persuade by intimidation. If you can support your position with intelligent argument, why don't you? Why do you need to say: if you believe……….., you are ignorant, racist, stupid etc. Why do you need to call others names: senile old spoiler, McBush, HillBilly. If you really believe McCain is similar to Bush, why not point out the similarities instead of calling him names. This hatred and animosity has no place in American politics. You are worse than the swiftboat ads.

    June 20, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  16. Nikki

    Why? Is Nader jealous that he will not be able to raise money like Obama? McCain and Nader act as if they would not have done the same if they were money machines like Obama. I agree that the Obama campaign could have handled this much better by pitching the fact that his style of fundraising truly represents public funding. With everyday Americans are donating to his campaign...sounds like public funding to me.

    June 20, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  17. Liz F

    I agree with other comments: re: ralph nader sitting down and being quiet.
    Obama is raising money throug internet and small donations, much different from the republican counterpart, mcsame.
    Wouldn't that be called a campaign funded by the people?
    what's wronog with this story?

    June 20, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  18. kb

    why isn't cnn reporting on McCain's comments in what he said, that he didn't love this country until he was deprived of his company.

    June 20, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  19. Chris

    to Knoxville:

    Ever wonder why we have an electoral college system and not a pure popular vote election system? People like you.

    Seriously? Ralph Nader? That's the best you can come up with? Just stay home.

    June 20, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  20. Belle2

    I have voted for every Democratic nominee since Carter. However, I don't want to be connected to Democrats (or anyone else) who would use the tactics of persuasion used in the comments and blogs of the various websites I have seen. I don't know if these are written by young people who simply were not taught to respect other opinions or if these people are just mean spirited.
    In any case, I hope you understand that you are not helping anyone when you resort to calling people names or otherwise insulting them. It makes it clear that you cannot support your position and, therefore, hope to persuade by intimidation. If you can support your position with intelligent argument, why don't you? Why do you need to say: if you believe……….., you are ignorant, racist, stupid etc. Why do you need to call others names: senile old spoiler, McBush, HillBilly. If you really believe McCain is similar to Bush, why not point out the similarities instead of calling him names. This hatred and animosity has no place in American politics. You are worse than the swiftboat ads.

    June 20, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  21. maria

    Nader , shut up!

    June 20, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  22. FactCheck

    > Don't drink the koolaid.

    So now you are a Ralph supporter, right? What a typical Republican shill... can't even stop from flip-flopping on a candidate. Take your PUMA pac and shove it where the sun don't shine.

    June 20, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  23. Independent in Iowa

    Now Ralphy,

    You know better than to point out Obama's flaws. He's a perfect man and his bots won't believe anything negative about him – even if he says it himself. They will cut any and everyone down who don't agree with them. Heck, you're probably a racist now.

    Now drink your koolaid and no more picking on poor Obama.

    June 20, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  24. NICTORIA

    GO AWAY

    June 20, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  25. Alex

    Why is this still an issue...old news...Obama can raise much more money without the limits. The more he can raise the better chance he has over McCain, creating a bigger gap.

    June 20, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
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