June 20th, 2008
11:47 AM ET
6 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. Brian From Knoxville has now transformed into Knoxville Operation Chaos

    Nader needs to chill out and get a position on Obama's cabinent. Secretary of Old Guys!

    June 20, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  2. Sue

    Nader, get your teeth fixed. You have money, don't be thrifty–your teeth are directly related to your health. If you won't take care of yourself, what makes you think we think you will take care of us? When I say take care of us, I mean lead us in a good direction by utilizing the appropriate funds from the govt. If you never spend a dime, we may continue with falling bridges.

    I'm not being mean, just factual.

    June 20, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  3. JD

    Mr. Nader needs to find another way to make himself politically relevant. Promoting misleading information is not helpful. His monastic vows haven't helped him, and they wouldn't help obama.

    June 20, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  4. WE ARE ONE

    Nader , you're democrate or not ! very sad of you !

    ------DEMOCRATE UNITE---------

    June 20, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  5. TRUTH

    Fact: Obama has received the bulk of his donations from the American people, not from special interest groups.
    Fact: The Rupublicans are now scared as hell.

    June 20, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  6. Franky

    You know what? This guy needs to have a life! Just like other Independents. No offense but he's not worth any time for me...

    June 20, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  7. Nader has NEVER held a public office.

    Nader has LESS political experience than Obama. He talks a good talk, but he is not getting in the door. AND he is as OLD as McCain.

    Drink all the koolaid you want! Nader's dreaming.

    June 20, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  8. Rob K

    Ralph, I don't get it. You complain about Washington campaigns being engineered and bought by special interests, right? Well, Obama is an underdog candidate who got it done by inspiring millions of individuals enough to donate even during economic hard times. If what you say is correct about special interest lobbies (namely $$ = influence = corruption) than how can you have any problem with this. In essencen, Obama will be held accountable by the very people he is supposed to be accountable to...THE PUBLIC!!!

    Seriously, you're reaching, and your 15 minutes was over 8 years ago. How about some more consumer advocacy instead? You were great with that.

    June 20, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  9. OH NOES!!!

    all i saw was, "blah blah, blah... 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."

    thanks ralph!!

    June 20, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  10. Clinton/McCain

    People need to realize that although Obama claims he doesn't recieve money from lobbyists and oil companies, he accepts money from the spouces of lobbyists, those who work for lobbyists and former lobbyists.

    According to factcheck.org, Obama has accepted more than $213,000 from individuals who work for companies in the oil and gas industry and their spouses.

    Two of Obama's bundlers are top executives at oil companies and are listed on his Web site as raising between $50,000 and $100,000 for the presidential hopeful.

    This is not 'change' you can believe in.

    June 20, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  11. Terry in El Paso

    Voters should listen to Nader. Right now, everyone is freaked that he will "steal" votes from Obama, with McCain's election being the result. However, no one can legally "steal" votes. I voted for Nader in 2004, and I'm glad I did. I live in Texas, which was going to vote Republican no matter what. So, my vote for Nader didn't hurt Kerry in any way.

    The issues Nader brings up are issues that neither McCain nor Obama has the nerve to speak on: corporatism, pollution, unions, nuclear power, drug companies, and many other problems whose solutions are not going to be easy. The major candidates would much rather avoid the tough calls – mostly because Americans vote against people who talk straight. Look at what happened to Jimmy Carter when he said we need to do something about our dependence on middle easter oil.

    June 20, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  12. Phil Newton - Oregon

    As the GOP troll postings prove (see "PUMA" posts above) The Nader strategy fits right into their game plan.

    Nader is no progressive. He's a tragic and destructive tool of GOP corporate rule.

    But this time it won't be enough to end America's hopes.

    OBAMA 08

    June 20, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  13. Marie in California

    Go Nader! Better him than Obama. Any day.

    No Abomination in the Presidency!

    Puma PAC

    McCain – 2008

    June 20, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  14. Daughters over party

    I;m confused.. if the article is about John McCain attacking Obama then the PUMAs are all over the blog with GO McCain.. now its Nader against Obama and it's GO NADER? man.. maybe you SHOULD all support McCain.. biggest flip-floppers i ever saw! Second, McCain had better find a wat to get rid of this poser before he becomes the republican spoiler for 2008! Third, Nader doesnt fool me..i know exactly why he is running and it all about his greasy pockets!!!Bet he'd be willing to take public financing.. he'd never make half of it on his own!!! loser.

    June 20, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  15. Zachary from Iowa

    "Who cares what Nader thinks, you did not win the nomination so please shut your face…" – Cheryl

    You do realize that Ralph Nader is not a Republican or Democrat but is in a run for president. Like Bob Barr, these are contenders because the U.S. is a multiple party system... So it doesn't matter about the nomination as he is in his own party what Barack is in the Democratic Party.

    June 20, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  16. becky

    Nader is more damage then he is worth. Please sit down and shut up.

    June 20, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  17. SAI

    How does Nader sleep at night, or even look at himself in the mirror – knowing that his 'dog in the manger' role was a key contributor to the rigged election of GWB and the last seven years of apocalyptic consequences? Is he not satisfied with more than half a million of his own semetic brethren killed, several million rendered homeless, several thousand Americans killed and thousands more maimed for life, our economy tanked to the point the dollar of 2008 is worth less than 60 cents of the dollar of 2000, our honor, values and constitution sullied .... Ralph, do you not want to get out of this? Give a chance for positive change to this nation; it needs it.

    June 20, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  18. Tommy Hussein in St. Louis

    Yeah, right.

    June 20, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  19. ALLBAMALLTHETIME

    Nader is a LOON! No one cares what you say, dumb dumb!!

    June 20, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  20. Bacusla

    Nader? For real? Pander-mania? Does this man have any modicum of self-worth not to mention respect?

    Nader, you're welcome to the shock of your insignificance in our political process. Has it registered in your mind that it is perhaps an honorable thing to do – for Obama to reject public funds – considering the dire economic straights the country faces and to rely on funds raised from citizens?

    Think before you crawl out of your spider-hole or forever shut your trap.

    June 20, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  21. TP17

    Obama wanted the rules and candidates promises enforced when Michigan and Florida voted early. Now Obama wants to break his promise when it's convenient to him. What a hypocrite and a liar!

    June 20, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  22. Chad, Wisco

    Mr. Nader I disagree with you on many, many things. This, however, is not one of them. Obama could/should win the election, but by making money (both collecting and spending an issue) he is opening up a door that really didnt need to be. My bigger issue is with the amount of spending now being unlimited. This election could turn into who can spend the most money, in a time when our economy is in decline that is not something he should be bringing up.

    June 20, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  23. Michael Lorton, Virginia

    Ralph Nader stands for shifting the power from the big corporations back to the people. Does Nader understand who runs this country? If 2% of the nation's population controls 60% of the wealth, well it surely is not the people running country. Ask Nader when was the last time a poor person offered him a job?

    June 20, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  24. Gorbashov, Long Beach, Ca.

    From someone who went to work for a Nader organization right out of University this breaks my heart.

    Obama is getting his money from small donors................."the people" you are talking about............so why the attack? You should be applauding.

    You have already done enough harm to this great nation in 2000!

    Do you really want to help elect another Republican?

    You are as short-sighted as these PUMA idiots!

    Think country first, ego last!

    Obama/Nunn in 2008 and beyond!

    June 20, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  25. Dan

    Let's see, Ralph Nader.....Ralph Nader....nope....doesn't ring a bell

    This guy's like Geraldine Ferrara....never knows when to shut up and get out of the way, what'd he get last time he ran, .3% of the vote? Come on Ralphie.

    June 20, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
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