January 30th, 2008
06:28 PM ET
15 years ago

Nader takes steps towards another White House bid

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - Ralph Nader, the longtime consumer advocate who was blamed by many Democrats for Al Gore’s loss in the 2000 presidential election, launched an exploratory committee Wednesday for another White House bid, and told CNN he is likely to get in the race if he can put the resources in place.

"John Edwards, the banner of Democratic Party populism, is dropping out, and Dennis Kucinich dropped out earlier, so in terms of voters who are at least interested in having major areas of injustice, deprivations, and solutions discussed in a presidential campaign, they might be interested in my exploratory effort," Nader said.

Nader has launched an official exploratory committee Web site, and said he will formally make a decision in about a month. He said he is certain to get in the race if he can demonstrate the ability to raise $10 million and recruit enough lawyers to deal with ballot access issues. He has yet to formally file paperwork with the Federal Elections Commission, though he does not need to until he officially becomes a candidate, according to the FEC.

Nader said he finds Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama both unacceptable candidates, and he said whichever wins the party's presidential nomination will not have an impact on his decision to run.

"They are both enthralled to the corporate powers," Nader said of the two leading Democrats. "They've completely ignored the presidential pattern of illegality and accountability, they've ignored the out of control waste-fruad military expenditures, they hardly ever mention the diversion of hundreds of billions of dollars to corporate subsidies, handouts, and giveaways, and they don't talk about a living wage."

He expressed particular disappointment with Obama, whose senate record he called "mediocre, and quite cautious."

"It's not that he doesn't know what the score is, of course he does - look at his background, he knows plenty," Nader said. "But he's censoring himself."

Nader attracted close to 100,000 votes in Florida in 2000 - a state Al Gore ultimately lost to George Bush by approximately 500 votes. He brushes aside suggestions his candidacy this year may ultimately spoil the election for the Democratic Party.

"Political bigotry will be the label on anybody who uses the word 'spoiler,' he said. "Because ‘spoiler’ means minor candidates are second class citizens. Either we have an equal right to run for election, or we are spoilers for each other trying to get each other's votes.”

- CNN Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Ralph Nader
soundoff (1,186 Responses)
  1. Job

    Please explain what........waste-fruad is please.

    January 30, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  2. Joanne

    First comment out of my mouth upon reading this story: OH NO, NOT AGAIN! Say it ain't so, Ralph. Don't go there....again.

    January 30, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  3. Pinga

    Oh boy. Here it comes. The problem is of course the significant amount of democrats and independents he will actually convince to vote for him. WHAT THE H*ELL IS WRONG WITH THIS GUY. HE IS GOT TO BE A CLOSET REPUBLICAN .


    January 30, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  4. Keith

    Nader is a socialist. He is not even happy with Clinton or Obama. Maybe Stalin would satify him not to run. The election is dominated by the states that don't have as many people as some large cities. It is time to make CA, TX, and NY the players not Iowa and New Hampshire. Maybe the election would not be "none of the above" if choices were offered.

    January 30, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  5. RF, NJ


    January 30, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  6. lester

    Anyone but Hillary.

    January 30, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  7. Peg


    January 30, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  8. Nick

    Just go away Ralph!

    January 30, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  9. Greg Ebert, Portland, OR

    Deja Vu. The GOP sits back and laughs itself back into the White-Boy House while the liberals beat themselves into politcal irrelevance by fighting against eachother instead of the real enemy.

    What sickens me the most is seeing one of the greatest consumer advocates in history continue his trek to further empower the greedy, self-serving neocon-military-industrial complex. Shame on you Ralph.

    January 30, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  10. Bob Peterson

    I find it inconceivable that Ralph Nader would be as selfiish and arrogant as it would take to launch a bid for the presidency. I'm equally shocked that any "thinking" human could actually believe that it was a good idea. Nader is the reason we've had Bush for the last 7 years – no ifs ands or buts, Nader did it. He has no chance of wining – period – and he knows it. The only reason he runs is to satisfy his own childish need for publicity.
    Ralph, you did a number of good things several decades ago. Your contributions were significant. "Get out of the road if you can't lend a hand". Try to at least act like an adult and let someone that can make a difference fix something NOW.
    And all his supporters – grow up and understand what reality is. You have to put someone in the White House that is at least moderately sympathetic and then try to affect change.
    It is frankly hard for me to believe that this is even a possibility. Grow up and old with some positive influence Ralph. Don't screw it up again!!

    January 30, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  11. oxfdblue

    When will someone convince this egotistical, miserable, obnoxious, pain to just SHUT THE HELL UP already?

    Nader's day was decades ago... enough, enough, enough.

    Anyone who voted for him in 2000 in Florida... thank you very much for the past seven years.


    January 30, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  12. Jason

    Oh Good! Now maybe those who voted for him the last time will actually consider the harm they did and not vote at all this time!

    January 30, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  13. Joan Cohe

    Ralph Nader is an arrogant old fool who single handedly sent George Bush to the White House in 2000.

    January 30, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  14. Matt

    Nader is an IDIOT.

    January 30, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  15. Frodo

    Nader is a wicked elf. May he and his family be consumed by a marauding horde of deprived orgs.

    January 30, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  16. Max Power, Springfeild

    I'm Ralph Nader. I love poor people. I love myself. Vote for me. I may get less than 1% but hey, it'll be fun and a waste of money! Vote THE NADE in 0-8! Oh wait that doesn't rhyme. Um........ ok. VOTE NADER, LATER.......this year. yeah

    January 30, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  17. k

    im voting green regardless – the remaining candidates do not represent me at all. i need someone else to represent me – if nader is a choice, for nader i will vote.

    remember, people – your vote is your voice. its not about making someone win, it is about voting for the person who represents your values!

    January 30, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  18. Xavier

    Every people has the government it deserves.

    And this country do not deserve a leader like Nader.

    Gore already realized that...

    January 30, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  19. Eric

    Nader is a joke and doesn't have a serious chance at winning the presidency and if he gets involved all he will do is seriously hurt the Democrats chances of beating McCain in the fall. While in a perfect world America would have a multiparty system the reality of life is that we don't and aren't likely to have one in a long while.

    January 30, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  20. Ronnie D.

    All the Republicans in the US are happy with Ralph's decision. Keep it up Ralphie Boy.

    January 30, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  21. dan

    Wow, another four years of a Republican White House courtesy of Ralph Nader, the best friend the Republican Party could possibly hope for. THANKS RALPH!!

    January 30, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  22. AJ

    Patriot posted: "Because of the arrogant attitude of the Clintons and their supporters, people might end up voting for Nader in the fall if she somehow wins the nomination"

    Patriot, cant you read? He is running no matter who gets the nomination. If people like you hate the Clintons so much, dont bother voting for this lunatic, just go straight for the Republican on the ballot. If you are stupid enough to cast a vote "against" someone rather than for someone, you shouldnt vote at all.

    January 30, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  23. EC

    Hey Nader, there's a few thousand military & Iraqi families that are still pissed about your '04 campaign, and a few thousand Republican bank accounts that wanna thank you.

    Go away, you ego-maniacal GOP puppet!!

    January 30, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  24. M. L.

    NADER '08!!!!!!!!!

    January 30, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  25. Mike Stauffer

    Please run Ralph. Dont listen to the nay sayers. Please get in the race. Speak for the 2-3% who dont have a voice.

    January 30, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
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