June 20th, 2008
11:47 AM ET
13 years ago

Nader campaign hits Obama in new fundraising pitch


[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/20/art.nader.gi.jpg caption="Nader’s campaign is taking aim at Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama in a new fundraising pitch."] (CNN) - A presidential rival is fundraising off of Barack Obama’s decision to reject public financing for the general election, using the move to fuel allegations the presumptive Democratic nominee is a policy-shifting flip-flopper.

But it isn’t John McCain.

Ralph Nader’s campaign sent an e-mail to supporters Friday that paints Obama as too close to big business and special interests. “Ralph Nader stands for shifting the power from the big corporations back to the people. Period. Full stop. End of story,” writes the Nader campaign. “Contrast that with Senator Obama.”

The message highlights what it says are changes in the Illinois senator’s positions on public spending limits, NAFTA and economic populism, and says that Obama has surrounded himself with “veterans of the military industrial complex status quo.” It does not mention his Republican counterpart, John McCain.

“We're at six percent nationwide in the most recent CNN poll. We're going to be on ten state ballots by the end of June. And we're shooting for 40 by the end of the summer,” writes the Nader campaign. “Together, we are moving forward. And together, we will make a difference in November.”

Barack Obama’s lead over John McCain increased by one point in the most recent CNN national poll when Nader, a perennial presidential contender, was included as one of the options.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Ralph Nader
soundoff (239 Responses)
  1. Upon Further Review

    Ralph,please stay out of it,people dont want the truth,they would rather believe lies.They want to lay back and just enjoy it,like the weather. All you will do is get the worst of two evils elected like the last time.

    June 20, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  2. Shawna

    How can you be against government spending, but oppose Obama for not taking public financing. That is hypocritical in itself.

    June 20, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  3. Sean


    Nader is a joke. He doesn't even deserve this blurb on CNN. go retire already. What a narcissist.

    June 20, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  4. John McCain-McFlip-Flop-McBush is no maverick

    Nader: The only presidential candidate to come out of hiding after doing nothing all year prior to making his big splash and expect legitimacy and adoration. Thanks for the seatbelt laws and consumer advocacy and protection, but you have no authority to criticize others when your own measures are lacking their own merits.

    June 20, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  5. Patrick Lessley

    As a life long democrat I can say for the first time that I am embarressed and ashamed of the democratic party and disgusted with Pelosi and Reed not standing up to Bush and their fellow democrats in both chambers to stop the funding for this illegal war. The democrats need to regroup and stop the money flow and stop the war. If they can't do this then I look for them to loose power in November.

    June 20, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  6. Independent in Iowa

    Liz F:

    The point you are missing is that Obama lied, yet again. He realizes he can make more money through donations – bottom line. The federal funding was to limit campaign spending.

    June 20, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  7. WOW!

    is this guy for real?
    Nader is nothing more than a Republican running as a sidebar candidate for the Republican party.
    think about it. He knows that he will not and absolutely can not win and he also knows that when he runs he actually pulls from the Dems. The math always works for the Repubs.

    This man and anyone who would be dumb enough to vote for him are idiots.

    Like him or not he can not and will not win..let the big boys run the show and during the off season build your party. if you are truly trying to make a difference you wouldn't be doing this now you would have started at the end of the last election so that you would have already had a base, and a realistic shot.

    don't get me wrong I like the things that Nader has done for this country but he is not a true leader and the way he runs for office shows it.

    June 20, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  8. Steve

    Most of Obama's fundraising is via Internet by individuals and especially young people, not big business or lobbyists. Shows how frustrated the common folks are with federal politics – everyone wants CHANGE at the top.

    June 20, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  9. sadie

    It was Nader's spilt of the democratic vote that got us Bush to start with. I think this is a hugely self centered and self-serving move.

    June 20, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |

    Obama wrote, ghned on the questionaire he signed that it was contigent on factors (the media usually leaves out this fact). Mc Cain has already shown he can not be trusted on this issue and is underfire by the DNC for breaking campaign finance rules. Then there is the fact that most of Obama's campaign is supported by small donations by individuals-very democratic as well as unpresidented. Don't forget the 527's the RNC has, too. I say GOOD FOR OBAMA

    June 20, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  11. hello

    It is painful for me to vote for John MaCain if Mr. arogant does not consider Hillary as his VP.

    June 20, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  12. Ian

    "Together, we will make a difference in November.”

    Yeah, like swinging the election for the Republican. Imagine that.

    June 20, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  13. Michelle

    "If any of these clowns could raise half as much as Barack..."

    Obama can raise and waste all the money he wants to. He outspent Hillary 4 to 1 in PA and STILL LOST BY DOUBLE DIGITS.

    June 20, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  14. Independent for Obama

    This guy needs a hobby. Okay Nader, understand this my man. Taking the option to not accept campaign money from the government is not a policy. It's an option. Secondly, what is your primary stance as an independent? You ask for politicans to not accept money from PAC, Lobbyist, or the government but you slam Obama ???
    You can't have it both ways pal.

    June 20, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
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