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. Jay

    Yea Nader! Champion of Republican causes everywhere!

    January 30, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  2. ash

    surprise, surprise, surprise...Here comes a brand new candidate, the only of its kind. He will resurrects us from poverty and improve our lot, there will be mana falling from heaven.....free healthcard, free food, free .............everything.

    Real change,

    I am offering myself for the service of fellow american.
    Please at least on this board support me.

    i got up from the dream and my wife asked me " who was that third person who voted for you other than yourself and me?"

    Let all of us stand for the presidency of America and whosoever has the biggest family wins!!!!

    January 30, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  3. Trevor from Wisconsin

    Nader commited Political Suicide by running in 2000,
    he helped Bush get into the White House in the first place,
    Americans know it, and he will never, ever ever ever in 10 trillion(a popular number among presidents who like to create record high deficts) years become the president of america

    oh wait, humans won't be on the planet for that long,
    Al Gore didnt become president, and we havent curbed our carbon emissions.
    what a shame.

    January 30, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  4. Lenore Aipa

    God help us if this guy once again does this. It make me think he's being paid by unknown sources to ruin the election again. He doesn't have a chance in hell(please baby please, look in the mirror!), if Edwards is an isolationist, Nader is from outer space. Whether he's right or wrong, he can't help by running, BABY STEPS NADER, JUST LETS MOVE ON FROM THE BURNING BUSH. L

    January 30, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  5. Gillian

    Nader handlers – are you listening? Save your time and money. Lock him up. NO ONE wants him.

    January 30, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  6. Dr. Vincent Petrosino

    Here we go again! Ralph Nader just cannot stay out of the lime light! Who will he damage in this caqmpaign? After helping defeat Al Gore in 2000 and being partially responsible for two terms of the worst president in history including James Buchanan, he should stay out of the race. He will only hurt another Democrat. I hope everyone in the country remembers how he contributed to this present mess before they throw away a vote on this egomaniac! And anyone out there who is thinking of contributinmg to his campaign needs to think again!

    January 30, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  7. c farns

    Mr Cafferty,
    I wish Nader woulde get some common sense and stop trying to run for President. He is apain in the neck and I for one am tired of him.

    January 30, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  8. Billy Bob

    Is he a spoiler or just plan spoiled?

    January 30, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  9. BR

    Way to go Ralph! If Clinton and Obama are unacceptable to you, then you must think that McCain and Romney are.

    Flashback....2004 – Ralph Nader, the state of Florida and the Supreme Court gave us 4 more years of GW Bush. Does Mr. Nader consider himself a republican king-maker? What an ego. What an idiot.

    January 30, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  10. Corey, Maryland

    for gods sakes Nader, you didnt win the first 300 times you ran for president this time wont be any freakin different!

    Obama 08!!!

    January 30, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  11. Jeremy

    Ralph Nader is nothing more then a spotlight seeking, paid for spoiler for the Republican party. The man shout be drawn and quartered for what he is doing. There is no other reason to try and get into the election process at this point OTHER THAN BEING A SPOILER!!

    He knows that he has no chance, but he also knows alot of people that shouldn't even be allowed to vote, if they support him at this point, will split the election and shift the tide to the Republican party. To ANYONE that says they will support him, how about YOU GET A CLUE!! You are not helping anything.

    January 30, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    This is absolutely ridiculous. He needs to save his money and other people's money (that might contribute) and drop the idea. He should only proceed if the committee sees him getting 51% of the national votes.

    January 30, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  13. Walt, Belton, TX

    Probably getting bankrolled by the ACLU or some other anti-democracy group.

    January 30, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  14. Kyle E

    I am glad that he helps keep the libreals out of office. They dont know how to keep our country safe. McCain does! John will win this election if Nader takes votes away from the Clintons (Notice I said Clintons not Clinton) or Obama. As long as Clinton isnt in office, our countrys future looks bright!

    John McCain 2008!

    January 30, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  15. Tina Brennan

    It is time for Ralph Nader to support the candidate chosen by the Democratic Party and give his ego a much needed rest. We do NOT need him to muck around in the presidential stewpot. We do NOT need another Republican administration. Come to think of it...whose payroll is he on?

    January 30, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  16. Eileen Keeley

    Everybody e-mail exactly what you think of this campaign to info@nader.org. I'm sure the republicans on the boards would love to thank him.

    January 30, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  17. Matt

    With Edwards out, the race is going to be even more exciting and interesting with Ralph Nader entering the fray. It will definitely upset the power of interest groups and corporate oil and pharmaceutical lobbyists who are clearly supporting Hillary. The Nader crowd will suck the oxygen out of Hillary. The Edwards crowd suffering social injustices and poverty will go with Nader. The latest Zogby poll indicates a McCain win if Hillary were the nominee without taking Nader into consideration. A three way match among McCain, Nader and Clinton will definitely put McCain in the White House. Nader had done it twice in 2000 and 2004 depriving both Al Gore and Kerry of the Presidency. If the Democrats wants change they should take a deep breathe and understand that the status quo will not win. Nader will bring some common sense in the heads of Democrats. With Nader in the equation, the prospects of Hillary winning the White House are getting slimmer. Hillary comes with so much baggage of scandals and drama. She will not win because she is perceived as not trustworthy, not having the strength of character and lacking moral leadership required to lead the country.
    Same old dirty politics of lies, misrepresentations and distortions will not carry the day for Hillary.

    January 30, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  18. Independent in DC

    SMH @ the responses on here. You people are sheep. If we are ever to achieve real change, what the country needs is third and fourth parties; not the oligarchy we have now. But alas, you will continue to get what you get and complain about the same problems.

    January 30, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  19. J mallary

    While I do like Mr. Nader and applaud his consumer advocacy record, I think his running for an office that he is unlikely to get takes away needed democratic votes. I was very disapointed that he did not recommend his voters to Al Gore in 2000. Mr. Nader: I very sincerely recommend that you please reconsider.

    January 30, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  20. tshirttt

    He's got my vote! Until the Democrats stop being Republicans and listen to the progressive people in their party, I will vote for Nader or any progressive. Democrats don't DESERVE any vote, they lost my vote because they won't stand up to corporate bullying.

    January 30, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  21. Diego chick

    It's great to see Clinton and Obama supports unite on this point that we don't want a "Nader spoiler" in the race. I agree!. This is exactly the attitude we need against McCain and the republicans. . We're all going done to the wire for our fav canidates but come November WE MUST UNITE BEHIND WHO EVER GETS THE NOM. Say so?

    January 30, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  22. Watcher08

    To all those who complain that Nader gave them 8 years of Bush, you had a chance to correct it in 2004! Why didnt you?

    January 30, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  23. sarah j

    Great. If Nader throws his hat in the ring once again, we'll end up with a Republican in the White House...again! Please, Ralph, don't do it!!

    January 30, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  24. Davs

    Someone tie this guy up and lock him in a closet until mid-November. PLEASE!

    January 30, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  25. montag

    I didn't vote for Ralph Nader in 2000 and I sincerely regret not doing so. I've been a lifelong Democrat, but no more. Earlier this year, I registered with the Green Party because it is the only political organization in the United Stes that represents my views. Ralph, please run again. You've got my vote this time and I'll actively campaign for you. To hell with the Republicans and the Democrats! They are destroying our democracy in the interest of vested greed.

    January 30, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
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