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. Josh

    OK, Nader, I guess you are ready to try and draw some Democrat votes away to ensure another Rupub. gains the White House. You have no hope to win. Sabatage, thy name is Nader.

    January 30, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  2. George

    Ralph Nader, your gigantic ego and need to be in the spotlight indirectly caused the death of thousands of American soldiers and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis. You sir are a pathetic wacko ... at any speed.

    January 30, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  3. Tony, Wilton, ME

    This man's ego knows no bounds.

    January 30, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  4. Nik, Houston, TX

    This man is unbelievable... he plans to run just to give the Republicans the White House by using Democratic rhetoric? Pathetic!

    January 30, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  5. Benjamin

    Once again the SPOILER is rearing his ugly head to destroy the hopes of millions of depraved Americans. We should do everything possible to prevent him from destroying our hopes.

    January 30, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  6. Dave NY

    Let us not forget that Nader caused Gore to lose the election in 2000; and look what we got stuck with. Stay out of the race Nader. You'll never win; and you're only taking votes from a viable candidate.

    Find another way to support your agenda.

    January 30, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  7. Toronto Girl

    I wonder how much CNN paid him for the interveiw?

    January 30, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  8. Mike M

    God. No. Save us.

    January 30, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  9. Scott

    Is Nader a closet Republican ? He knows he stands no shot at winning and all he can possibly hope to do is steal votes from the Democratic Party, making it easier for the Republicans who will continue to ignore the very people he is supposed to be championing. What's the point in that ?

    January 30, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  10. linda, OKC OK


    January 30, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  11. Moses Adelante, NYC



    WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!

    January 30, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  12. KimSC

    Are you kidding me, he sounds like a self appointed God. How about you get in when every other candidate does and fight for it. Not jump in in the 11th hour because you don't like what you see. So phoney it hurts! This time around we are not dealing with Al Gore, sorry we have two amazing candidates and I personally don't think you can pull another upset off!

    January 30, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  13. Adarrah Branch

    Obama has proven he has enough experience to turn Washington upside down through this campaign. The democratic party is slowly but surely turning their backs to the Clintons and looking to the future. Nader? Not a chance.

    Obama 08′

    January 30, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  14. Casey

    Now this is one guy I wish would go away!

    January 30, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  15. Mia, Stafford, VA

    I think and I hope that Democrats have learned their lesson. We can thank Mr. Nader for President Bush!

    January 30, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  16. Devin

    I lol'd.

    January 30, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  17. Kevin, Louisville, Ky

    Not you again......as advocate for poor can you follow John's shining example and go build a house rather than wasting everyone's time!!

    January 30, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  18. Art H

    Oh, no ! Not again. This disastrous voice from the past is back to his old tricks. I think somebody should have a long discussion with him and persuade him to stay home.

    I am sure the republicans would LOVE to fund his campaign and even might make the resources available, to make it happen. Watch out.

    January 30, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  19. Rusty Baker

    Did grandpa Ralph forget to take his medication today. He's clearly off the rocker again. What's he trying to prove, that even the senile can run for office?

    January 30, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  20. Matt

    Mr. Nader, How do you like what Bush, the winner of Florida, has done to the world?

    January 30, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  21. Patrick Kunc, Denver Colorado

    I for one am glad. While I probably wouldn't vote for him I like everyone on the politicial spectrum to have someone to vote for whether it is on the far-right or far-left. Our two party system doesn't work, in fact political parties in general are a bad idea. I'm glad Nader is thinking about running, I'm also glad Alan Keyes was/is running, I hope Bloomberg runs and many more.

    January 30, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  22. Brian from Delaware

    Please crawl back under the rock you've been hiding under since you helped Bush win the White House.

    January 30, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  23. Nicholas, Raleigh, NC

    Nader is responsible for the thousands of dead soldiers.

    January 30, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  24. Omar

    I like the guy, I think he is very intelleigent, but he should stick to what he does best as a liberal, progressive advocate. Despite the desire to see a third party working outside the system like he has just isnt going to fly

    January 30, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  25. Steve

    Go ahead and run Ralph. That way we can have possibly have 4 more years of another Republican president interested more in helping the rich and outsourcing jobs. Just what we need. But hey – at least you will restate your positions before you not only lose the race for yourself, but for the country.

    January 30, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
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