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. RuthieM

    Ralph Nader's a jerk too just like McCain. How in the world anyone would chose 'public financing' to fund their campaign over actual public financing which is of the people by the people and for the people, is absolutely mind boggling to me. Obama has built his campaign directly from the people, from small donors as well as large donors and I am glad he has chosen to continue to do this. They are all just jealous, Nader and McCain and wished the people would support them like they do Obama.

    June 20, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  2. carlo

    Don't start your crap Nader!

    June 20, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  3. Dandelion.

    Give me a break. If any of these clowns could raise half as much as Barack, they'd be doing the same thing.

    June 20, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  4. Jay

    Ah, it looks like we'll have the Nader Factor" again this year. How can a person say that Democrats are less involved than Republicans in dealing with big business? I guess when you're a closet Republican yourself you can... (NOTE: He ONLY mentions Obama.) Shoo fly go away....shoo fly go away....

    June 20, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  5. Keith!

    Haha. As if people care what Nader thinks >.>

    June 20, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  6. JA Cook

    Go away Nader!

    You're among the changes we need to make. You're part of the past and you already made a difference, that being part of the reason we got George Bush. In spite of your well intentioned efforts to protect us all, you actually contributed to making the world a lesser place.

    Now it's time for you to step aside.

    June 20, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  7. Angry Journalism Student

    That's a picture of John McCain, not Ralph Nader. CNN, you really suck when it comes to news. Get your act together.

    June 20, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  8. John

    Thanks for nothing in 2000, Nader.

    June 20, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  9. Danny in Pittsburgh

    Ralphie...I applaud your enthusiasm...but didn't you already DO enough damage in 2000 with the same kind of campaign?

    Why not throw IN with OBAMA and have a real SAY in the next administration, rather than trying to risk a McCain presidency? Yours could be a powerful voice in a new Democratic administration–one that will be HEARD by a whole new generation of voters seeking real change.

    I'd rather you working this angle from the inside...because it's obvious from your SILENCE the last 8 years...being on the outside has done nothing for the causes you supposedly serve.

    June 20, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  10. Helene

    Do us a favor Ralph ! Go away ....

    June 20, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  11. Kate, Atlanta

    Nadar is a tree falling in the forest with no one around to hear...or care.

    June 20, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  12. Angry Journalism Student

    Oh wow, they fixed it AS I was typing that. Still, it shouldn't have been a problem to begin with.

    June 20, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  13. Jimi NY

    Him again?

    June 20, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  14. Natalie

    Wow, Nader is truly consistant...at being a pariah & a spoiler!!! I wish he would just go away! Who's gets happy about having only 6% of the national vote...it's a waste of time for him to be on anyone's ballot, and it's an even bigger waste to use gas money or energy to go to the polls to vote for this loser! Ugh! I vomit in my mouth at the thought of him! He'll never weasel his way into the whitehouse! Ugh!

    Obama/Clinton '08

    June 20, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  15. sPoNgEbOb sQuArEpAnTs

    As a fierce independent I'm disappointed by the actions of both Obama and McCain

    Obama opted out because he believes he can raise more money than $85 limit
    McCain wants Obama to lock himself in public finance because he knows he can’t compete with Obama in fund raising.

    McCain also opted out of public financing even without FEC approval for the primaries, because he knew he needed more cash to keep his campaign alive.

    Both Obama and McCain have zero credibility on when it comes to campaign finance.


    -Obama seems to have broken his promise to preserve public financing.
    -McCain broke FEC rules, when he got out of public financing of his primary election without FEC approval.

    None of them is clean.

    Stop the biased news broad cast.

    For those who don't know, get this;

    FOX : is only there to promote Republican agenda.
    NBC : is only there to promote the agenda of Democrats
    CNN and ABC are usually neutral

    June 20, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  16. Joe Regis

    Nader who?

    Nader who?

    Nader who?

    June 20, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  17. Paul

    The blood of the past 8 years are on your hands. In trying to prove your "point" you are continuing to damage the country and its future.

    June 20, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  18. Vote Nader

    Thank you CNN.

    I encourage everyone to check out Nader's presidential website. You have more than 2 options this fall.


    ** Nader/Gonzalez 2008 **

    June 20, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  19. Mike G Ventura ca

    Go away Nader- your fifteen minutes are up and the damage you did will NEVER be forgotten. GO AWAY!

    June 20, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  20. Knoxville, Operation: NObama

    Nader's strategy is flawless. He'ss striking Obama at exactly the kind of unprincipled and sleazy politics of the Obama campaign that we true Democrats know to be wrong.

    Don't drink the koolaid.

    Go Ralph!

    Puma PAC

    June 20, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  21. Bob Santangelo

    To Ralph Nader: Go away and leave us alone.

    June 20, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  22. Obama


    June 20, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  23. Heather

    *eyeroll* This idiot. I'm glad he has enough money to gamble with the next four years, but I don't. Luckily Bob Barr will cancel him out this time.

    June 20, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  24. pam Eugene OR

    I wish Nadar would just go away. If not for him Bush would never made it to the White House. He is a true spoiler. How many times has he run?

    June 20, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  25. No Hillary or Gore VP "

    Why don't Nader dry up and blow away we are so tired of his nonsence .
    What does he represent answer is NOTHING
    He is as usefull as a log stuck in a tunnel .
    Go away Nader out of our sight.

    June 20, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
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