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. 1 of the 18 million who voted for Obama

    Go some where please.

    June 20, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  2. kbc

    Ralph Nader ought to be ashamed of himself. He could do a lot of good work in this country, but, instead, he tries to thwart the Dems' chance of getting into office by throwing his hat in the ring. If he didn't do it in 2000, Gore would be president, and the country would be MUCH better off than we are after 8 years of George Bush, and many young Americans would still be alive today that instead have died in this senseless war.

    June 20, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  3. James, Redlands, CA


    If you are one of the millions of people who don't check that box to give money to your party on your annual tax form (like myself), don't be a hypocrite in criticizing Obama for not taking the federal funds.

    If you don't want to give your money annually for it, don't be surprised when politicians don't agree to take it.

    Everyone who has a criticism of Obama for not taking public financing should be asked if they donated through the government to the political process.

    I'm sure the honest results would show there is no national or true ground roots support for this system.

    June 20, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  4. Bjoerlingfan

    GO AWAY, NADER! You're never going to be president! No one cares what you think! All you're going to do I mess up this country even more!

    June 20, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  5. raf

    Ralph Nader is a man of principle and values. I don't think he would attack Obama unless he was genuinely disappointed and discouraged in the way Obama is playing out his "supposed" change movement. Obama is looking more and more like a politician who will do anything to win–which is exactly what he accused Hillary Clinton of not so long ago.

    June 20, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  6. G. Penley

    Go Ralph, go!

    June 20, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  7. Tim, Lexington MA

    Ralph Nader is stupid for even running. The whole country is mad at him for taking Al Gores votes in Florida in 2000 and leaving us with Bush. In that election he got 2% of the vote. In 2004 he got .3%. He'll probably get .00000000000000001% this time. Ralph Nader is trying to do the same thing this year. Why doesn't he hurt a Republican for once?

    June 20, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  8. Enlightened Voter -

    BarackObama is refusing to take money from the government, opting instead to let the american people fund his campaign and this clown and mcwar have a problem with that? That is troublesome but only reinforces my belief that mcwar is crooked and now I see Nadar is too.

    June 20, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  9. Nevada

    This guy is such a tool.

    June 20, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  10. ATLian

    Let him stay. He is taking votes away from the Republicans.

    June 20, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  11. Ken in NM

    Nader go away.

    June 20, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  12. Vote Nader

    cheryl June 20th, 2008 12:33 pm ET

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


    What nomination did he need to win? He isn't part of any political party. His run is totally independent and he has no responsibility to anyone but the American public. Please educate yourself.

    And to all the Nader bashers who are already posting and will continue to post. You have much in you lives, environment and government because of this man. Give him the respect he deserves.


    ** Nader/Gonzalez 2008 **

    June 20, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  13. TonyS

    GO Ralph. Tell them the truth. We love you.

    Nader/Gonzalez 08

    June 20, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  14. No Hillary or Gore VP "

    What does he stand for answer absolutely NOTHING wish he would blow away .
    HGet lost Nader and take McLooser with yiou e is is as usefull as a log blocking a tunnel causing flooding .

    June 20, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  15. Scott, NH

    Your washed up Nader, god will you just shut up all ready, you have noting to give to anyone.

    June 20, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  16. The democrats blew it again!

    I like him. so there!

    June 20, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  17. Patrick Henry

    What a guy.
    Thank God there's a player for the green left–that will detract from the Democrats. Thanks Ralph–you may be our only hope of NOT getting this socialist elected.

    Libertarians 2008

    30 state ballots–and moving up!!

    In November you can vote without settling for the best of the worst provided by the Democrats and Republicans. Mabye we really can remove their stranglehold of scheming and corruption that has put us in this awful mess we are in.

    June 20, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  18. Terry

    Obama wants his money coming from the average Americans (increment of $10 & $20). What's wrong with that? Get real Nader, even your so call supporters know that you can't be elected.

    June 20, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  19. Veterans For Obama

    Like a pesky cockroach. Who supports this guy?

    June 20, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  20. Tony

    This is the guy who essentially stopped Al Gore from becoming president. Go away, we don't need you screwing up another election.

    June 20, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  21. Bill From Florida

    Nader is right. Obama just caught in another lie.He's a Flip Flopper.

    June 20, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  22. Proud American

    Oh Boy... here he is again. Motormouth Nader. Nader is a hater... that should be his campaign slogan.

    June 20, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  23. Xena

    OH GOODIE, I hope he really spoils it for the Messiah. HAHAHAHA. Obama is going down and will hit rock bottom in November. By then American will open its eyes to this joker, liar, arrogant, pompous, flip flopper. Can't wait to see it happen!!

    June 20, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  24. NickNas

    OH Lord.. I had JUST began to forget about this joke of a man. One great way to get some real free press in this tabloid world is to attack the front runner.

    June 20, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  25. Go Nader!

    Way to go Ralph! With the ever growing list of flip-flops coming out of the Obama campaign, this being just the latest, I am seriously considering looking at Mr. Nader to cast my vote for in November. We sure do not need a guy in the White House who cannot seemingly take a stand on any major issue, who has a record of casting "present" votes in the IL Senate just so he did not have to take a stand on important issues, and who while running for President has flip-flopped at least 4-5 times on major foreign policy issues, NAFTA, and more. Barack Obama is just not ready for prime time, and we as a country cannot afford him right now. At least Nader seems like a man of his word and has always been willing to say what he means and mean what he says.
    P.U.M.A. Democrat

    June 20, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
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