February 24th, 2008
10:12 AM ET
15 years ago

Nader enters race

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/01/30/art.nader.gi.jpg caption="Nader said Sunday he will mount another presidential run."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Ralph Nader announced Sunday he is entering the presidential race as an Independent.

In an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press," the consumer advocate said great changes in U.S. history have come "through little parties that never won any national election."

"Dissent is the mother of ascent," he said. "And in that context I've decided to run for president."

Nader, who turns 74 this week, complained of the "paralysis of the government," which he said is under the control of corporate executives and lobbyists.

It marks his fourth straight White House bid - fifth if his 1992 write-in campaign is included.

Nader's entry into the race did not come as a surprise to political watchers.

On Sunday, Sen. Barack Obama criticized him. "My sense is that Mr. Nader is somebody who, if you don't listen and adopt all of his policies, thinks you're not substantive," Obama told reporters when asked about Nader's possible candidacy.

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- CNN's Josh Levs

Filed under: Ralph Nader
soundoff (462 Responses)
  1. HD

    Nadir should start by being a governor or a senator before trying to win the White House. He should try to gain more experience in order to have a better chance to win the big race.

    He would struggle to win position of a governor or senator, so how would he expect to win the White House? He doesn't. He just wants to help the republicans continue to dominate the White House policies.

    February 24, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  2. davey

    Nader is an ego maniac that stole the election from Gore. Thanks for the war in Iraq Nader.

    February 24, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  3. Brian

    the greatest friend of the Republicans enter the race!

    February 24, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  4. Dave

    Most ego maniacs go away if ignored. Just don't give the attention he so badly craves and he won't do any damage this time. Last time he was the best thing that happened to Republicans.

    February 24, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  5. B. - NYC

    Mr. Nader is in fact a huge threat to the Democratic party and his running for office should not be taken lightly.
    If Mr. Obama was to win the Democratic nod, the Republicans will take the office again. That is fact, he does not have the experience to back up his speech... Never done a thing for his state, never done a thing for our country, never even owned a business and only two years in public office... With that said, the fact that Mrs. Clinton supporters would majority vote McCain and Independents would vote Nader, the Democratic party is screwed...
    We must put Clinton in or we are in for four more years of this crap!!!!

    February 24, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  6. Eddie

    A comment about CNN's "unfiltered" Ballot Bowl:

    I am certain you won't print this, but I hope Wolf and others will read it. I was in the middle of listening to Hillary's speech in Rhode Island a few minutes ago, and you rudely disrupted it with your commentary. UNFILTERED... MY BUTT!

    Please replay the entire speech so we and the rest of the world can hear her wonderful points on Obama's empty words. She has been holding back hoping not to make these points, but too many people are being Obamatized and she has a duty to point people to the truth. SO DOES CNN!!!

    I think SNL made that pretty clear to the media last night, so it is time that the media listens, too. Get back to reporting and cut the slanted commentary please!!!

    February 24, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  7. Jim

    Ralph please go after Obama. The Media, alway cover for Obama, he need a good work-out.

    February 24, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  8. William

    Ralph Nader put George Bush in the White House and many Americans hate him for that. I know it sure changed my opinion of him.

    Ralph, buy a clue and go away. Far far away.

    February 24, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  9. deanne

    I LOVED the comment from someone above who said he refuses to vote for a MEDIA/OBAMA ticket. BRILLIANT comment! And I TOTALLY agree!! Like I (tried) to say above, the One and Only way I will vote for Obama, is IF HILLARY CLINTON WERE ON THE TICKET.

    February 24, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  10. Nancy

    Sounds like most don't want Nader in because he may take the vote away from Obama since most of you believe Hillary is out. The exit polls showed this to be true Obama is getting most of the independent vote.

    Hillary is not getting much help from independent vote so this won't affect her as much, if she wins the nomination she has all her supporters not the independent vote. So Obama may be in trouble. This may have a whole different outcome of who is more electable. Even though it is probably to late for Hillary. If Nader would have come out earlier we may be looking at a whole new ball game.

    Alot were saying if Hillary won then all the independents would vote for McCain well looks like now they will vote for Nader.

    February 24, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  11. Joseph

    We've just seen Raul Castro confirmed as president of Cuba, and Americans are complaining about having more choice in our presidential election? Having just one more choice than Cuba, China, and North Korea is the ideal? It's distressing that that doesn't concern more people.

    Nader was not the only third party candidate on the ballot in Florida in 2000; is the argument that none of them should have the right to run? Unless you belong to the Democratic or Republican party, you can't run for president? That's the logical next step of the majority of the comments on here.

    And, sure, it's easy to scapegoat Nader–it's much easier to blame someone else when you lose. Gore should have wiped the floor with Bush; Kerry should have wiped the floor with him.

    Finally, anyone who has bothered to learn anything about Nader knows he doesn't do this to stroke his ego. To say so is pure ignorance which can be easily remedied by opening up a biography.

    February 24, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  12. Beenburrito

    I had a lot of respect for Nader, but this is rather sad. This is the kind of actions and proposed changes that go nowhere.

    "dissent is the mother of Ascent." yeah, and a decompose body is the mother of maggots

    what a looser logic/philosophy

    February 24, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
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