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
soundoff (462 Responses)
  1. Zach

    Many people have stopped watching CNN because of its bias coverage in favor of Obama. Nader is another player like Obama whose followers have too often been ignorant of the long term goal. They just can't seem to see the picture and in their enthusiasm for their candidate will yet again give the election to the republicans.

    February 24, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  2. John

    Congratulations Senator McCain you will now be the 44th President of the United States; thanks Nader most of your consumers will not be able to afford anything after another four or eight years of this.

    February 24, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  3. Tim Syracuse, New York

    This is one of the few times I support the necessity of filing petitions to get on the ballot. If enough voters recognize the potentially devastating effect on the candidates who are ecologically friendly, Nader may be left in the cold, global warming notwithstanding. I volunteer to NOT circulate Nader petitions.

    February 24, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  4. Bruce Taylor,Berkeley/Sacramento,CA

    Ralph Nader should be ignored by everyone, including himself.

    February 24, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  5. Another Threat to Hillary

    Uh Oh....Hillary maybe you CAN MEET NADER IN OHIO.

    Obama met you down here in Texas with huge crowds. Looks like he is doing the same awful thing of "speaches and HUGE RALLIES" up in Ohio too.

    We are speaking and have spoken in numerous states across America, and truth is Hillary, we don't like you very much. Now Xerox that!

    February 24, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  6. Cosmic Comedy Queen

    And the race continues...

    February 24, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  7. Bill

    It's not enough that you helped elect the most elitist anti-environmental president in history. Now you seem determined to bring his policies back for 8 more years. Does the whole country have to go down the toilet just to satisfy your enormous hyperinflated ego? Go away, will you?!

    February 24, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  8. ben

    I am 80 years old. I think I will declare my candidatcy for president on the
    independent of the independents party.
    Nobody has ever heard of me,and that an advantage, because everybody has heard of Nader.
    He is not crazy enough to be commited to a nut house, but if was in one,they would not let him out!!!!!!!

    February 24, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  9. Jim

    Fantastic. Lets all hope that he does to the Dems what Perot did to the Reps in 92!!!

    February 24, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  10. Unsafe in an Race

    Once again, ego trumps all. McCain's gotta love this as he's no longer the "old man" in the race. I guess he'll choose Michael Moore for V-P as there's no one else stupid enough to take the post.

    Nader's ancient history, most of the younger generation hasn't a clue who he is and has as much excitement as a cadaver. Stock up on the No Doz". In all seriousness, it my hope that the media totally ingnores him and he is not allowed to participate in any debates.

    This guy makes a mockery of our system and should be put out to pasture. The sooner the better.

    February 24, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  11. Michael

    Obama has become the symbol for change that many people are rallying around especially young voters. The turn out for these elections and Obama's rallies are unprecedented for a campaign that still has about 9 months to go.

    Ralph Nader could chip away at voters who would vote for Hillary but Obama is riding such a huge political wave right now and Nader's involvement just won't change that and I think Ralph Nader knows this.

    I believe this is Ralph Nader's attempt to get democrats to vote Obama. They don't want to loose like they did in 2004 and so Nader's involvement forces democrats to ask themselves "which candidate is in the best position to beat John McCain in November". In this regard I think Ralph Nader's involvement is a positive thing for the Obama camp and a very bad thing for the Clinton camp.

    February 24, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  12. Tired of Ralph

    There was a time, long ago, when I actually admired Ralph Nader. His crusading for safety and other causes in the public interest made him unique and worthy of attention if not praise.

    After his stubborn and quixotic presidential campaign (and the boneheads who supported him) in 2000 helped foist George Bush on our country, paving the way for eight years of deceit, secrecy and stupidity, he deserves nothing more than contempt.

    Nader's monumental ego has driven him once again to run for president, an effort doomed from the start, but apparently not daunting enough to keep him from seeking the limelight. You know, Ralph, nobody's listening this time and nobody's going to risk four (or, God forbid, eight) years of Bush Lite by helping you drain votes away from a legitimate candidate.

    Go away, Ralph, just go away.

    February 24, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  13. Steven

    Does he seriously not realize that votes for him take away from the Democratic base? Obama or Clinton, I'll vote for whichever gets the nod but Nader screwed us in 2000. I appreciate that he's a consumer advocate and I appreciate what he has done for all of us. If he really wants to help this country he shouldn't run for president but rather try to work more closely with the Democratic nominee. It sickens me to think there might be another four years of Bush policy in the White House because of his Nader's need for the limelight.

    February 24, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  14. Peter in NY

    I find it ironic that Barack O (yes, O as in Oprah) criticizes Ralph Nader's alleged political philosophy and campaign strategy. After all, it is exactly how he runs his campaign. He consistently points out that Hillary lacks in some way, because she doesn't see things exactly the way Barack does? Barack O always seems to have the "right" answer and has made all the "right" decisions so far in his life, or so it seems. Does that scream "lack of experience" to anyone?

    Mr. O, in case you didn't realize, everyone has an opinion and subsequently they will not always agree with yours.

    February 24, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  15. Rich Pfeiffer

    While at first glance it may seem his decision to run is somewhat irrelevant, Nader's entrance onto the scene will likely be a net loss for the Clinton campaign. Those undecideds, and those Hillary supporters who have some doubts about her recent losses, will begin to realize that if she wins the democratic nomination there will be a loss of young voters and independents who have supported Obama to Nader. His announcement at this time creates further Clinton vulnerability especially with those Texas, Ohio, and Pennsylvania primary voters who are concerned about her electability in November.

    February 24, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  16. african american for Hillary

    Thank you for bringing the fact that Obama was pro Palestiinian as senator of Illinois now he is running for presidential nomination he is pro Israelis, it says a lot about his character.

    February 24, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  17. Zach

    Even in this piece there is more information about Obama than Nader. When Obama says anything he FIRES BACK or JABS while Clinton only ATTACKS. Does CNN really think that American public is that stupid to buy this kind of coverage.

    February 24, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  18. kate, tx

    Does Nader really think his entering the race is for the good of the country? What a self centered egotistical idiot. I wonder how much the Republicans are paying him.

    February 24, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  19. Lucas, Nashville TN

    Ralph, you're into seatbelts, right? Please forget to put it on this week.

    February 24, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  20. John

    You know what I like about Ralph Nader? His support among blacks and low-income voters. What? He has no support among those two groups? The two groups most likely to be hurt by a Republican presidency? Why, it's almost as if he's a white liberal fantasy running a vanity campaign from a Potemkin party! Imagine that!

    Also, I like that he blames Democrats for being too weak to beat Republicans, and then does everything he can to make sure that Democrats are weaker. Well done, Ralph.

    Please go away.

    February 24, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  21. Carl

    Why wont this idiot just go away!!!!

    February 24, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  22. ACFX

    I find it amazing. After all the millions spent, strategy sessions, primaries, cacuses, debates, stump speeches, rallies, you name it.
    This guy jumps in and all the work in the last year means nothing, beacuse a split vote only can create a loser. Wow!

    February 24, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  23. Laura

    If Obama gets the nomination, I will vote for Nadar.

    February 24, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  24. Elenanatx

    Only in America fools will continue to follow a man who's ego explodes during every Presidential campaign in recent history. People need to consider the fact that this man is waisting America's time and opportunity for positive change and growth. Confused and unknowledgeable voters have enough dealing with the facts about Clinton's phony 35 years of experience claims and her heavily crooked political life...and McCains hypocritic and desperate actions wanting to be the leader of this country. People who claim that they don't understand the change in Obama's messages are just cynical and lazy...wanting someone to have all the answers and do all the work without having to put ANY effort or common sense into the process for becoming a better person for America.

    February 24, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  25. Gary

    Yipee! Someone to vote for other than Obama!

    February 24, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
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