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. James in Ohio

    Whomever you support, It's disturbing to see MD for Obama say someone should be banned from an election.

    How about we support the democratic process and allow all voices to be heard.

    And yes that means even those that don't agree with Obama.

    Remember this is a democracy, not the church of Obama.

    June 20, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  2. Mcshame

    good business make some money from donners

    June 20, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  3. Independent LAWYER for Obama

    LOL! He said Obama is surrounded by "veterans of the military industrial complex status quo" – wouldn't McCain be the definition of that?

    June 20, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  4. BGIV in NC

    Oh, Ralph, I forgot you were there. You may go now.

    June 20, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  5. Sarah, 23, FL


    Americans, please don't waste your vote on this fool. Doesn't he run in every election and he still can't win.....NADER, SIT DOWN AND STAY HOME........

    OBAMA '08

    June 20, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  6. Tejano

    Ralph Nader is my new Idol. Just love this guy for telling the truth, even if he has no chance of winning. By exposing this Charlatan,
    he is a winner in my eyes.
    Let's keep the Socialist/Marxist out of the Whitehouse.

    Thank you Ralph for saying what McCain and the other politically correct politicians are afraid of saying.

    June 20, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  7. fojohnson

    Let him go away. He is also counting on tax payers money for his campaign because he knows very that Obama will raise more money and that will leave him in limo. I thought he was against politicians using tax money for political purpose. Maybe he can be MCcain's running mate.

    June 20, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  8. Josh

    What Ralph Nader did to this country is inexcusable. He's lost his mind and his soul – please stop reporting about him.

    June 20, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  9. Tori

    You caused 8 years of crud! Sit down and lets us get a non neocon in the white house!

    June 20, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  10. Manuel TX


    Maybe Nader is an option this year.

    Obama has certainly been moving away from the rhetoric that he used during the primary. NAFTA and public funding are just two examples, but he's also moving away from some of his foreign policy statements.

    It certainly looks and smells like politics as usual. Where's the "change"?


    June 20, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  11. travis, fremont ca

    let's all vote for Nader, i'm sure he knows how to win/fix Iraq, handle Iran, fix our economy and work with the Chinese.. he'll lead us like FDR – let's go Nader!!!!! (insert sarcasm) ... a vote for Nader is a vote for nothing – you might as well stay home on vote day!!!!!

    June 20, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  12. porkchop

    Is this fool getting sabotage bribes from the GOP or what? What is his motivation for keeping a Democrat out of the White House? Please go away, Ralph.

    June 20, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  13. Loretta from California

    This is good strategy on his part. He wants Hillary's supporters. Pandering, Pandering, Pandering. Who could blame him. He needs all the support he can get.


    June 20, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  14. Ryan, New York, NY

    Knoxville, Operation: NObama @ 12:46 pm ET criticizes Obama for "unprincipled and sleazy politics... that we true Democrats know to be wrong," yet signs his post with "Puma PAC."

    The hypocrisy of supporting a Political Action Committee, a 527 organization, while criticizing Obama's decision on fundraising is unbelievable.

    June 20, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  15. Afirmative Action in 08?

    "A good affirmative action program uses a variety of methods to achieve the goal of increasing diversity, including using race and gender as one of many factors in evaluating the suitability of an applicant."

    From Nader/Gonzalez website and yes.. he will get creamed about that one folks!

    June 20, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  16. ???

    I can understand that you don't support his policies, but some of the comments here are ridiculous. He should be banned from running? Why, has this country given up on Democracy? ANYONE can run under any platform they want and they have that right. As soon as we exclude people from the process we have become an oligarchy.

    June 20, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  17. Linda K.

    I respect Nader's work for consumer rights and I voted for him in 2000. But never again.

    June 20, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  18. Ula Nejad- Sacramento Ca

    LOL! Perfect timing.

    June 20, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  19. George

    Knoxville: Are you serious or a few months late for April Fools? You have a better chance of winning than Ralphy Boy. Nader is looking for attention that's all. He is a very intelligent person with some great ideas but you cannot change anything by sitting on the sidelines throwing rocks and pissing people off. That strategy just dose not work.

    June 20, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  20. Scott, Charlotte

    Who ?

    June 20, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  21. Felly

    Nader is an idiot. Every four years, he runs for election and raises funds indisguise to enrich himself. He can't fool the people any more.

    June 20, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  22. Ramon, Santa Clara, CA

    Everything good this man has ever done for our country, pales in comparison to the damage wrought during the Bush Administration. And unfortunately, we have Ralph Nader to thank for Bush's "election."

    June 20, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  23. The Truth

    God, just listen how mean these obama people are. This is a good examle of how these people behave. Boy, I am sure glad I don't have to see them on a dark street or somewhere. I live in a safe, civilized part of the country. One of the last few pockets of the country that hasn't been taken over by the mean people. A good quality of life, here in a red state stronghold. Life is good here, we will never turn it over to you evil people.

    June 20, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  24. A Voice

    Nader is an anachronism in the United States presidential election, I simply fail to understand why he tries again and again to attain a position he cannot achieve. What goes on in that senile mind of his? Does he think he can win?
    When I was in first grade, my teacher said that anyone could be President, but its clear to anyone and everyone today that that does not hold true for Nader.

    June 20, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |

    Please Leave Ralph!

    June 20, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
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