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. karl

    Ralph Nader needs to save his money and stay out. He will NEVER win enough votes to become president and is unlikely to come close to getting a third party on the ballot. Stop the nonsense and stop aiding the Repugs in these elections.

    January 30, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  2. henry

    What makes you think more than a few per cent of Americans know what you did decades ago are care what you say now. like the old soldier, it is time for you to fade away.

    January 30, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  3. Mike

    Please Ralph just go away.

    January 30, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  4. michaey

    I wonder if there would have been a war, magadefacit, high oil prices if Ralph Nader didn't take votes from Al Gore. I believe there should be a third candidate' it should be law. It just sucks that one ended up putting bush in the whitehouse.Ralph Nader will be in the history books as a great american, too bad he ran when he did. Then again if Saddam was still in power he would be in a nucear arms race with Iran.

    January 30, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  5. Dennis

    Nader is a narcissistic egomaniac and thats the only true reason he wants to run. And I'm as liberal if not more than he is!

    Give it a rest Ralph. You helped cause 8 years of hell......George W.

    January 30, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  6. Wisconsin

    How about an Obama/Nader ticket?

    January 30, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  7. Janel, St. Paul, MN

    Another $10 million waste. How sad!!

    January 30, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  8. A Pitts

    As always, prepare to vote for the "lesser" of two evils.

    January 30, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  9. MaryLee

    I wonder how many people could return to home with the 10,000,000 dollars Ralph is planning to throw away to keep his name in lights. How many people could receive preventive or curative medical care? How many schools could be refurbished so kids don't have to meet in closets? How many vets could get treatment for post traumatic stress? Instead Ralph gets to fly around the country and blow off his mouth in paid commercials.

    January 30, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  10. JohnSorel

    Pat Paulson can't be far behind

    January 30, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  11. Miles Anderson

    Um....I think it was the republican voters that gave Bush the White House...
    Just a thought.

    January 30, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  12. Phyllis Dorr

    Go, Nader, Go! This is what I have been waiting to hear. Now I feel an independent voice will be heard that isn't bought by Washington.

    January 30, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  13. Remy

    It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds. – Samuel Adams

    January 30, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  14. Butch

    Ralph.....YOU GO GIRL!!!!

    January 30, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  15. chris

    shame is actually believing a Gore Administration would be anything like a Bush Administration......at the very least, admit your mistake.....that way, you improve the chances of not making such a horrific mistake again....

    January 30, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  16. Libertarian

    The more the merrier, I hope that Nader, Bloomberg, and a right-wing social conservative all get into the mix along with the Libertarians, in addition to the twins, Repubs and Dems, and begin the end of the 2 party system.

    It'd be awesome if there were 3-5 candidates with double figures in the popular vote come November.

    January 30, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  17. DCRyder

    This man is the reason George W. Bush is President. If not for the stunning naivete of his voters in 2000, Gore would have won New Hampshire and/or Florida and the past seven years would have been very different. I have always been suspicious that some of his funding for both 2000 and 2004 came indirectly from the Republican Party.

    January 30, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  18. Bruce Johnson

    Someone please check Nader's funding sources and back room encouragers. He did enough damage in previous elections.
    In 2004, republicans not only financed but provided campaign management to Al Sharpton to divide people. Don't let it happen again.
    This is a tragic end to someone who has made real contributions in the past, but hubris (and Iago) can ruin a hero's reputation.

    January 30, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  19. Michael Clouse

    Jack, you're exactly right. McCain/Clinton. Same old, same old. Now Nader wants to run again. Same old, same old. Throw the three of them in a room together and see who comes out the most spoiled. Rotten apples always spoil when you put them together.

    January 30, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  20. K Coles

    Ralph – please go away.

    Your efforts to get on the ballot in state after state were funded by Right wing individuals and groups who wanted you on the ballot to draw votes from Democrats. Those individuals included Howard Rich, Libertarian from New York City, among others. It is all documented in state level campaign finance records.

    You deliberately intend to draw votes from Democrats, not advance your own agenda, and you let the Right wing pay for it.

    So, who is the shill here? Look hard at yourself, Ralphie.

    January 30, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  21. Skylark

    Is this man determined to once again put a Republican in the White House? He is reputed not to be stupid so I can only conclude that he is actually a Republican stealth operative.

    January 30, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  22. Michael Steingraber

    You are too old, too narcissistic and a divisive figure of the past.. It will not work this time.

    January 30, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  23. Carl

    "unsafe at any speed" ...."unelectable in any year"
    why run as a protest vote....you can never be elected
    as an independent...int this country ...you have
    two big powers...one greedier than the other..
    we want the republicans out to choose the lesser
    of two evils ..if you run we keep the greater evil in power..

    January 30, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  24. MD, Glenmont, Ohio

    It's funny (and sad) how so many people are telling Ralph to stay out because they are afraid that he will take votes away from their candidate. The reality is that both the republicans and democrats are evil entities. They polarize the voters with some basic differences so it becomes one team against the other, but they are really the same; corrupt, disgusting humans.

    January 30, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  25. We need Nader like...

    ...we need continued Republican rule. Which is NOT AT ALL!!!

    What a jerk. What a horse's behind. What an egomaniac.

    If only 1% of the people in Florida who voted for Nader had voted for Al Gore, we would not have the disaster that is GW Bush in the White House. Hell, a little over 1/10th of 1% would have done it.

    No debacle in Iraq, no Halliburton making billions from tax payer dollars (actually dollars borrowed from China) in Iraq, no lousy Republican domestic policies, no escalation of our incredible record breaking national debt, no blowing of the budget surplus and no stupid tax breaks for the ultra wealthy, and possibly no 9/11 because the Clinton/Gore administration actually paid attention to Al Qaeda and the Bush admin ignored them until the planes hit the WTC...

    Are you happy about all that, Ralph? Do you think the Bush Cheney White House has advanced any of the goals you say you cherish?

    Get a clue, STUPID!

    January 30, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
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