March 29th, 2008
09:30 AM ET
12 years ago

Nader to Clinton: Stay in

(CNN) – Ralph Nader, who recently announced his own 2008 presidential bid, has now also weighed in on the battle between Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

In a blog posting on his campaign’s website, Nader advised Clinton to stay in the Democratic nomination race, despite recent calls for her to drop out from high-ranking members of the Democratic Party who back Obama.

“Just like every other citizen, you have the right to run. Whenever you like. For as long as you like,” wrote Nader.

Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont and Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut, both of whom support Obama, made comments Friday that are some of the strongest yet from prominent Democrats suggesting that Clinton reconsider her presidential run.

Clinton has showed no signs of dropping out of the race. She currently leads polls in Pennsylvania, the next state to hold a primary. But, Obama was endorsed Friday by Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey, Jr. and the endorsement may help Obama with Catholic voters, an important demographic in Pennsylvania which has favored Clinton in other states’ primaries.

–CNN’s Rebecca Sinderbrand and Martina Stewart

soundoff (61 Responses)
  1. dstuff

    the first good thing that he has said in a while

    March 29, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  2. Christian, Tampa FL

    Ralph Nader is a fool that has no purpose in running for President except to make some pathetic attempt at a statement and otherwise hurt the Democratic party. Any vote for him is a wasted vote, and in this election it's not a good idea just to cast a protest vote that's ultimately meaningless. There are too many issues at stake in this election.

    March 29, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  3. DD

    Nader, are you NOT a Republican?

    March 29, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  4. truth 08 time

    thats right ralphie, tell her to stay in the race so you can defeat her, its pretty obvious he knows she is weaker, and would be easier to beat than obama!

    March 29, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  5. Nelson Masha

    I hope Ralph Nader should be sensible enough, reasonable enough to consider the soul results of exercising the dual rights to stay, 'for as long as she wishes and whenever she like, because this is not all about Hillary Clinton's ego, BUT AMERICAN citizens'. The pain, the blood, and the victim of this is the Democratic party and American people [voters and the world at large], because with all these bloody fights for the nomination, in the end, McCain winns the 3rd term for George W. Bush. And so is the wows in this down spirral of economy- [recession, depression+stagflation, etc tec], the idiology war, and in general America looses even more. Think about it Mr. Nader!.

    Hillary Clinton should get out, the sooner the better, for the good of mankind.

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    March 29, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  6. Swami

    In true democracy every vote must be counted. Why should Hillary drop out now? Whether she is leading or not she should stay in. Nomination is not a coronation – it must be won.

    March 29, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |

    This is a close race. The Obama supporters have no rights to force the opponent out. It's an unethical way to steal the nomination without a fair fight. If you are a real winner, you should not be afraid to fight all the way to the end unless you have no confidence that you will win.

    March 29, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  8. jake

    you're not voting obama because he didn't celebrate st. patrick's? all i can say is.. wow.

    March 29, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  9. A Hillary Coup d'état ?

    The only reason that Hillary is still in the race is because she is staying true to her strategy. If you cannot win it fairly, then steal it behind closed doors at Midnight.

    Hillary plans on staying in, and staging a Super Delegate Coup d'état – thus, "stealing" the election from Obama.

    If this happens, just watch the rioting in Denver. Democrats will run from her like rats off a sinking ship if she steals this election at the convention.

    March 29, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  10. Roger

    Looks like Obama and his supporters don't like democracy.

    March 29, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  11. dee

    Is Hillary's condition that bad?

    Now Nader is asking her to stay...

    March 29, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
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