February 24th, 2008
10:12 AM ET
14 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
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    February 24, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  2. Dave Miles

    Nadar’s positions are not bad; however the reason he is running is more about ego than a concern for the American people. He has caused irreparable harm to this country – just ask all those who've lost a loved one in Iraq, a war waged by a president who otherwise would not have been in power had Nadar put the country’s interests ahead of his own. But even despite the tragedy that has come from his mistake he has not learned, he has not grown wise, and he is incapable of reading the tea leaves that indicate that the people of this nation are finally mobilized for change – change that does not involve Ralph Nadar, and therein lies the rub. Ralph Nadar is a man who at the end of his career, at the end of his life, is desperate to leave his mark on the eternal wall of oblivion, even at the expense and disregard of so many.

    February 24, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  3. BUKKY

    Oh for the love of humanity STOP IT

    February 24, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  4. NickNasc

    The FIRST three questions Nader has to answer even before who is funding this debacle are.

    1) Where the hell have you BEEN for the last 7 years after you put Bush in the Whitehouse?

    2) What have YOU accomplished over that time?

    3) Why have we not heard a PEEP from you during these times of Lead in childrens toys, Millions of autos being re-called or substandard equipment for the military or ANYTHING else in your CORE skillset of Consumer advocate????

    You can't just show up for work once every 8 years to run for the office of the most powerful country on the planet and expect us all to take notice.

    This poor man doesn't have a Clue.

    That is all.

    February 24, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  5. Jared

    Good now since clinton won't get the nomination I can vote nader- I may not agree with him on everything but at least he's more substantive than obama

    February 24, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  6. John, Dallas, TX

    Well, here we go again. . . as Nader pulls votes primarily from liberals, he has to know this hurts the chances of the Democratic candidate in November. Nader is largely responsible for the last 8 shameful years of American history – here's hoping he doesn't help the Republicans get 8 more!

    February 24, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  7. ebrahim

    Mr. Nader,

    What are you thinking? You are only wasting money, time and make disturbing to the election.
    I hope you will reconsider you decision for this political rice.

    February 24, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  8. Adam, LV, NV

    He knows something.... Had Hillary won, I don't think he jumps in this contest. He knows a lot of the Democratic base does not want to vote for Obama (myself included). He also knows that a lot of the Republican base does not want to vote for McCain.

    He also seems to know another "swiftboat" is coming, this time aimed at Obama. It already has started on the Republican News Network (FOX) that Obama refuses to wear his flag lapel pin and does not put his hand over his heart during the National Anthem (note: he does during the Pledge of Alligence).

    He will not win, but odds are he will give McCain the White House by entering the race. A lot of people don't want to vote for McCain or Obama, he will screw up another election.

    February 24, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  9. sehj

    This is the last thing the democrats need- and the best thing Republicans could wish for. But at the same time, i feel like Nader is right in saying- if the Democrats are going to win- they're going to win- he won't be able to take enough votes away from them.

    February 24, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  10. nic

    Ralph Nader is a great American and a personal hero of mine. But it pains me to watch him do this every four years. What has he accomplished through his Presidential bids besides personal fame?

    February 24, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  11. James Doe

    CNN's Blitzer will finally have his wish: the Democratic dream ticket he's been advocating for. After Nader's spoiler effect in 2000 – most notably in Florida – and (pre-emptively) running again in 2004, the Dems will need a vote from every Obama supporter and every Clinton support that they can get in every state.

    When you received less than 0.5% of the vote in the previous election on your fourth try, the only justification for running again is arrogance, ignorance, or, simply, as a gesture of thanks to the Republicans for their support during the 2000 and 2004 elections when you were George W. Bush's other running mate.

    February 24, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  12. HP Boston

    Ralph get thee to a padded cell!

    February 24, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  13. John Fisher

    Nader belongs on Saturday Night Live, not CNN.

    February 24, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  14. Marta K

    Please, Dear God, NO!!! It was bad enough when he screwed the elections for Democrats last time. Can't he get the message? He will NEVER win and his candidacy only serves to take votes away from legitimate candidates (usually the Democrat candidate). Someone needs to shoot this man off into space on a space probe for other life forms....and leave him out there permanently!

    February 24, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  15. Justin

    Rock on Ralph, if Clinton somehow gets the nom, you have my vote.

    February 24, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  16. Tina ny, ny

    next govt is republician. Both obama and hillary should kiss it good bye their chances.

    February 24, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  17. Tom(Texas)

    Oh boy another run for the president. Isn't this like his 20th time or something. Go away Nader you blow.

    February 24, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  18. Joseph

    Congratulations Nader,
    You Just handed John McCain the presidency.

    February 24, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  19. Jdona

    Welcome Ralph Nader. For those who are disenchanted with the race as it stands right now, you are giving us a way to participate in the electoral process without having to force ourselves to hold our noses and vote for the lesser of two evils. If Hillary Clinton does not win the primary, I would have either sat out the race or voted for McCain. Now I have another option. Nader may be a little more self important than I would like, but you can't dispute the good that he has done in his life. We can credit Nader for the creation of the EPA, OSHA, the Freedom of Information Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, and a whole host of other platforms that have protected and educated the general public. I have nothing but the utmost respect for Ralph Nader, and I am grateful that he has worked to the benefit for all Americans for a life time, and I am grateful he is now giving me an alternative in the election.

    February 24, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  20. Nick, Rochester, NY

    That is good news for the Left. Nader will hold the Democrats' feet to the fire and stop them from betraying their principles and moving to the center.

    February 24, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  21. Kenny

    Ralph Nader is nothing but a tired old man. This guy must be senile or something. I don't even know how he even got on meet the press. This man has had 18 months to jump in and give the world his opinions on what's wrong with the politics of today. I wouldn't let him engage in any of the debates to Hillary or Barrack. It's like Hillary and Barrack have been running the mile race, and they are on their last lap and Nader decides to put his SKECTERS on and say I’m in the race now. This is crazy! Dennis Kucinich had to take Nevada to Court to try and get into a debate. How the heck is this person feels that he deserves to be on the circuit this late in the game? Ralph Nader , there is no demand for you. If you felt that strong about running you should have put your hat in the ring 18 months ago. Please do us a favor, and go back to your little cave and don't come out. You have nothing at this point and time to offer the American people but more confusion. Everything that you talk about on meet the press you should have been saying 18 months ago. You have nothing to offer this country in these types of OLD TIRED POLITICS.. ONE OF THE REASONS WHY THERE ISN'T AN INDEPENDENT PARTY IS BECAUSE PEOPLE LIKE YOU AREN'T WILLING TO GO THE MILE... IF THE PEOPLE BELIEVED IN YOU!! YOU WOULD HAVE BEEN RECEIVING BIG DONATIONS FROM THE BEGINNING. YOU HAVEN'T YOU DIDN'T SO JUST GO HOME!!!!!!!


    February 24, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  22. Lawrence

    I have never had anything against Ralph Nader however i do question his ulterior motives. He hasnt even come close to getting the attention of millions of voters yet EACH and every presidential bid, hes decided to run. Look at his percentage points and every time hes dramatically low to even be taken seriously, so what is his ulterior motives.
    If the republicans even think for minute his joining is good for him and bad for the democrats well heres reality:

    February 24, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  23. Jason Carter

    I really hope that people are tired of Ralph Nader by now, but unfortunately, I think there are still those ideological purists that will be drawn away from the Democratic candidate because of Mr. Nader's presence. If McCain wins in 2008 because of Nader, I think it will be safe to say that, ironically, Nader will be responsible for 12 years of policies that constitute the antithesis of his ideals. Thus is the cost of partisan purism, and I am deeply frustrated to see us going down this path again. Mr. Nader, please do us all a favor and sit this one out.

    February 24, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  24. Independent for Obama

    Nader is a complete bonehead.


    February 24, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  25. frank

    Hee is another protest vote angainst the Council of Foreign Relations and Corporate/Political Tyranny. It is a shame that this country remains more divided than ever. A hard rain's gonna fall.

    February 24, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
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