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)

    Nader Who? Sit down and shut up. Another wretched old man who needs to be banned from the election process.

    June 20, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  2. Pedro

    He's getting his money from small donors. This is something Nader should support. I don't understand why Nader's taking issue with this.

    June 20, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  3. cheryl

    Who cares what Nader thinks, you did not win the nomination so please shut your face...

    June 20, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  4. Shawn

    Nader, you're a fool.

    June 20, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  5. Glenn

    Who gives a crap what Ralph Nader says? He is a has been, who had his 15 minutes and who desperately wants to be back in the spot light. Who even pays attention to Ralphie any more, but a few fanatics. What an idiot!

    June 20, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  6. Another old white woman for Obama

    Go away you senile old spoiler. You have done your country enough damage for 2 lifetimes. You know you can't win, you just want to screw up the election.

    June 20, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  7. gasdocpol


    June 20, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  8. Tired of W, OH

    Nader? Is he still alive? I think Obama needs to brush Ralph off of his shoulders...

    June 20, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  9. R.I.F.


    June 20, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    I have never fully understood Ralph Nader's campaigns. If he was defending the public so much, where has he been lately. While he may be still doing work as claimed, it is just not grabbing headlines.

    He always seems to enter these races to solely be the spoiler. How that helps the public at large is what puzzles me. He stands almost no chance in winning, especially today. Most voters under 40 most likely need to scratch their head a second when they hear his name.

    June 20, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  11. Andy Stein

    Wow, Nader looks an awful lot like McCain in this picture...

    June 20, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  12. democrat1981

    I wonder if there's any incentive from McCain and his campaign for Ralph Nader... HMMMMMMMMMMM... Typically the third party works against the Democratic nominee for republican incentive!!


    June 20, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  13. Winny

    Its the public that funded the Obama Campaign, just regular folks, silly. JUST ANOTHER SPIN.

    June 20, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  14. Vicky Thompson

    It is a shame that Ralph Nader, who was once very respected, has decided to let his ego direct his actions. He has absolutely destroyed his reputation by these ridiculous runs for President; I know of no one who pays any attention to Ralph Nader these days.

    June 20, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  15. Raymond Duke

    Even that "nut Case" nader can smell "CRAP' when he listens and see's what Obama says and does.

    June 20, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  16. Ken

    Ralph Nader, you share the blame during past elections that put Bush in the White House. Shut up already. That's all i need to say.

    June 20, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  17. Slick Hilly

    Ralph Nader isn't "a presidential rival." He's one of the several third party candidates that usually show up on ballots and who all have about the same chance - zero. That's not to say he shouldn't run, but the only reason he gets press coverage and these other third party candidates don't is because of his history. If you're going to focus on Nader, be fair and focus on the other third party candidates, too. Not that reportage is ever necessarily "fair."

    I'm Slick Hilly and I approve this message.

    June 20, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  18. Louis


    Nader....your 6% of the vote claim is gonna evaporate really soon. DOnt expect a single dollar for your crazy campaign.

    June 20, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  19. Republican for Obama

    Nader will be the best thing to happen for Obama. It will split off far more of McCain voters then it will Obama voters.

    So I say, let him stay, keep him in. It will only help Obama. And by the time he's done, he'll have painted himself out of ever being taken serious again.

    It's a win-win situation for the Democrats.

    June 20, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  20. seriously?

    "Ralph Nader stands for shifting the power from the big corporations back to the people."

    What?!? Seriously, refusing public financing has given ALL of the power to Obama's supporters (the people)...we are the ones that will financially support Barack, not the PACs and interest groups public financing provides loopholes to. Barack is the ONLY major candidate to refuse PAC/lobbyist money and he has made the DNC implement that policy as well.

    Maybe Nader is confused...isn’t McCain the one taking from Big Money? The suggestion that Obama is the only candidate to "flip-flop" is ridiculous. At least Obama has a rational explanation as to why he has changed his mind rather than simply deny that he did.

    Nader is even more irrelevant...

    June 20, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  21. Danny, Democrat from AZ

    Wonder how many Republicans are funding Nader to strip votes off Obama.

    June 20, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  22. Pablo

    This dirt bag gave us 8 years of Bush. Now he is cracking Obama. Hit bottom, dig. – Nader

    June 20, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  23. Russell J

    Ralph who????

    June 20, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  24. Sweetie

    I agree the Obama cult is a policy-shifting flip-flopper!

    Among LIE after LIE after LIE!

    Along with total disrespect for the Voters and Democracy.

    McCain 08

    June 20, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  25. NoMcSame

    Ralph who? That old skelitoid needs to go back into the hole that he hides in for 3.5 yrs. This snake sticks his undercover republican head up just to help them. Obama has the money and now they want to tie his hands. I will send him money every payday so that I can be more of a part of the change that is going to come. The hate will come out for all to see just like it did with Bill and Hillary. The use of code words just to say that we are one of you but Obama is not is the way they do it. He is more of us all than John McSame or Ralph Who.
    Obama08 with or without you.

    June 20, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
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