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. Anonymous


    January 30, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  2. MS

    I don't really understand why everyone is blamming Nader for Bush being in office. God knows that I am not a fan of Bush but it is obvious that the reason that Nader was able to sway votes is because Democrats are more impressionable than Republicans. The only thing that showed me was that Republican's (for some reason) stood by their candidates and Democrates for one reason or another left their party. Regardless, the reason that you vote should not be about the title of the party but what the candidates stand for.

    January 30, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  3. Shelagh

    No! No! Nader, No!
    Be honest! If you want to split the democratic vote and hand it to the Republicans, why not run as a Republican?

    January 30, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  4. TA Lange

    Not sure why Nader hates America so much that he's willing to hand it back to the effen repugs. And, for someone who hates corporations so much, just where does he think 10 million dollars is going to come from except conservative corporations who would love nothing more than for this idiot to jump in and screw it all up. Again.

    He gives liberals a bad name and should be ashamed of his own towering, self-aggrandizing ambition. He must be on the neo-cons payroll and laughing at the poor American citizens upon whom he has had a direct and devasting impact in the form of the uber-moron Bush.

    I hate Ralph Nader.

    January 30, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  5. Drew - North Carolina voter

    THANK YOU NADER!!!! I mean now with Edwards out If you run I will actually get to vote. I wasn't going to vote at all after he dropped out because the democrat side is mediocre at best and McCain isn't much better.... GO RALPH

    January 30, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  6. KU

    Go Nader!

    January 30, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  7. mbm2008

    Mr. Nadar..........OH PLEASE stay out of this !!!!!! WE ARE BEGGING YOU ! There is too much at stake. Remember change will happen, maybe not at the rate you would like it, but don't try to throw your hat in the race now and spoil the momentum. Beware....I'm sure the Republicans will somehow get you that $10 million so that you can once again interfere with the numbers that the Democratic party needs. Please don't screw this up again. Ask yourself if you'd rather have another Republican in office....haven't we had enough with Bush !!

    January 30, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  8. EEM

    I hope Nader stays out of the race. He is a nice man but he just takes votes away from legitimate candidates. He has great ideas (I hear he might try to develop fuel from POTATOES) and nice eyebrows, but he just isn't right as a President.

    January 30, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  9. Nill, inglewood

    Way to go Ralph, I'll vote for you. Thank you thank you thank you!!!!

    January 30, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  10. jon


    January 30, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  11. Delia


    January 30, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  12. roberta tenney

    Oh my,poor Ralph. He could make it possible for the United States to continue questionable foreign policy and to continue to have little regard for those of our neighbors in the the United States who go without the education and health care we should all care that they have. He thinks it is his way or not sufficient. Is he math challenged? He has the right to do what ever he wishes to do–it is just not very smart and quite egocentric.
    roberta tenney

    January 30, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  13. Nick

    Looks like it might be crowded even after the primaries...

    Obama, McCain are my predictions, and I predict Ron Paul will launch an indie campaign. If Obama and McCain lose, Bloomberg will likely run. Now add in Nader and Lou Dobbs, and we've got ourselves 6 people up for the title independent of each other that could take some sizeable proportion of the vote.

    It's going to me messy, but interesting...

    January 30, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  14. denise

    If he ruins it for the Democrats and another Republican is elected, then let it be on his head! He was the ultimate cause of Bush getting into office and look where we are now. DO YOU REALLY CARE MR NADER?

    January 30, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  15. mzcmt

    Nader needs to crawl back in his casket

    January 30, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  16. anna


    January 30, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  17. Jeffrey

    Ralph who?

    January 30, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  18. Brett




    January 30, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  19. Amy

    If you can take the time to write a blog entry lambasting someone for wanting to run for office, then you can take the time to write to your representatives (local, state or federal, pick one) and ask that they support instant runoff voting. Do it now while you're still pissed off. All 1000 of you, please.

    January 30, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  20. Scoticus_rex

    Nader has absolutely zero chance of winning an election. So the term spoiler does seem to apply. The only thing he will accomplish will be to waste a lot of money and time and ensure 4 more years of Republicans in the White House.

    Ralph, go away. If your goal is to bring attention to your ideas, there are other forums to accomplish that without sending another election to a political party whose ideals you dispise.

    January 30, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  21. Americano

    Mr. Nader , your are a very intellegent politician. It is time that you leave politics
    alone. You have failed -lost the bid moire than once foir the White House.
    Sit in a Rockin -chair and watch the results of the candidates.
    Your entering will just cause problems. Voiters todays are wiser and will NOT vote for you. It will be a waste of time and money. So, relax.
    Best wishes.

    January 30, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  22. BJ Bell

    Please! Later-Nader. Much, Much Later!

    If you want to do something good for this Country, don't screw up the Democratic party from electing a candidate, again.

    But on a brighter note, we would have to be better off than we are now.

    January 30, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  23. Harris408

    Ralph Nader is as good a candidate as any to run the White House.My opinion is he's just not the pretty pick that we all fall prey to.

    January 30, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  24. RCD WA

    Dear Nader,
    When can you get it through your head that all you do is help the Republicans win? You've been irrelevent for years. And Obama has done more in his three-year senate career than you've done in your life.

    January 30, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  25. tomdavie

    I find it even more humourus that people think they are actually talking to Ralph Nadar on here. They think he is reading all this to decide if he will run or not.

    Funnier still, is in their ZEAL to put Nadar down, the keep forgetting to bash the clintons, and many are even beginning to argue how good things were before Nadar 'helped' Bush win the election .............


    January 30, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
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