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. Wolf

    Obama is as sleezy as they get......he is flip-flopping now and will continue to do so. He has no intention of doing anything of what his words say! Shameful representation of the Democratic Party. He doesn't want all the votes to count. He doesn't think he needs some states for the General Election. This is how Obama works....he cannot win without outspending and buy the election. He is incompetent and can only win by buying his way. And what about those people who support Obama with the bucks....no more complaining that you cannot afford the price of gas. If you are willing to support financially a candidate who is not willing to do anything for the gas prices.......then you deserve what you get and that does not include gripping about the price of gas.

    Vote American..........Vote McCain!


    June 20, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  2. Don, Lynnwood washington

    His heart is in the right place but he has no grip on reality. all he is really doing is taking votes away from the Democrats. Not one person who votes for Nader would vote republican if he weren't rinnung. I hold Ralph Nader personally responsible for both terms of the Bush administration. I have wondered if he is actually a GOP plant.

    June 20, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  3. Texas for Obama

    this guy is a joke...it seems that nader is is the repub's "ace of spade" and they play it whenever a republican candidate is in jeopardy of losing hoping to sway some of the voters...HILLARIOUS!!!

    June 20, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  4. Jo Ann

    Who actually cares what Nader thinks not many of americans. At least
    Obama wants his campagin to be funded by everyday americans who
    can hold him accountable than behind the scene big companies who
    can pull his chain anytime they get ready. Go Obama

    June 20, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  5. Marcia

    Nader is trying to split the democrat and republican party by stealing as many votes as he can. Making the race closer and even harder for Republicans or Democrats to win. Stand by your beliefs, if you are for change vote Obama if you want to continue the George Bush Administration vote McCain but know what these people stand for. Regardless of how your personally view these people what do their plans entail that work with your plans. This goes for those who say they are not voting or voting for the republicans cause hillary didn't win, would you vote against her when she is asking you to stand behind Barack.

    June 20, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  6. some dc guy

    Seriously Nader? Is he even in touch with most of America anymore?

    June 20, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  7. SusiePuma

    Go Ralph – if Hillary is not on the ballot in November, Ralph will get my vote .................................................NOBAMA

    PUMA Independent (former Dem)

    June 20, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  8. smart1

    Ralph Nader is a "GOOF SPOOF" he needs to crawlback under the rock he slithered from. He never won in the past so what makes him think that any of use are listening to him now. He only wants to add fuel to a small fire but it won't work. Their all just annoyed because Barack can do more to fight the Mc Cain 527 with private donations than with public financing. It's a shrewed but intelligent move say's the news commentators and they know what their talking about. Besides the last time I checked this is a free country and we have the right to change our minds.

    June 20, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  9. facts2008

    It's so funny reading these comments every day..mark this post.. John McCain will be president despite every news org trying to make it seem like this is a close race. I just can't wait for it to be over with in 4 months and end this wishful thinking by the left ...for the THIRD straight election. The U.S. is a conservative country, except for 15 major urban areas...check out a county by county voting map of 2000 and 2004 for the facts.

    June 20, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  10. Independent-woman-4-Obama

    Nader IS A REPUBLICAN, that's the ONLY explanation why he ran against Gore in 2000 and now against Obama in '08!

    Those voting for Nader ARE ACTUALLY VOTING FOR MCCAIN!

    Its a sad day when Americans choose not to discern, and vote without thought of how our nation will be impacted!

    June 20, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  11. Jason, Texas

    he is so full of it.

    June 20, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  12. Louise-independent

    I just donate $5 to OBAMA campaign. So far I have donated $30.00 in $5 increment.

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

    As a former at least give Obama a look, I saw all I wanted to see and it just keeps getting worse.

    I am all for Nader getting into the race. It's the American Way, despite that one candidate and his supporters think he should rule the world? What is up with that, anyway?

    June 20, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  14. DJ, LA, CA

    Go away Nader...why don't you make yourself more useful and run for Congress or state office?

    June 20, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  15. North of the 49th

    Looking at the brightside...Nadar helps Obama...Obama, up 1 point when Nadar factored in...Hmmm...so go Nadar...thanks for helping us, by us I mean a united Democratic Party, elect the next President.

    As for Brian from Knoxville, sorry about your recent confusion. Father's Day and all. Hope you enjoyed celebrating with your brother/father/uncle...We understand, NO we don't really...

    Obama 08

    June 20, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  16. faulpelz

    Nader...if my old olds 88 from the sixties had gone to as many races as this guy, it would be scrap metal ten times over, which is what Nader is.

    June 20, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  17. markbryan

    Ralph, please go away. You gave is W. Isn't that enough hell for one country for 300 years? Go away. Far, far away. You are not relevant and not wanted. Go away. For good.

    June 20, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  18. seth


    June 20, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  19. Jana

    It is a surprise for me how many people are willing to cover Obama’s lies. So much for a change in our society. You all are a bunch of hypocrites.

    June 20, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  20. Rick in Florida


    June 20, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  21. This is easy

    This is easy, Obama got his money from 1.5 million voters and not any lobbyists. This is as close to democracy in action as you will ever get.


    PS Nader, thanks for Bush 2000 and Bush 2004.

    June 20, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  22. monterey via memphis tn


    June 20, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  23. ProundToBeADemocrat

    THis guy needs to hide somewhere he has been running for president every year since 1950 and the most he got is 5% what is he trying to prove? Answer he likes the attention.

    June 20, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  24. Brian

    Ah..... the republican's best friend..... Thanks for the War in Iraq, masive deficit, bad economy, weak dollar, high gas prices and etc..... Repubbies and Nader 4ever

    June 20, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  25. j

    When Obama made the statement regarding public financing, he didn't realize how well he could finance is campaign through small donations, which IS public financing but of a different & superior sort. I don't consider it a flip-flop to change ones position when new information comes to light that provides a better choice.

    I voted for Nader when he was a Green Party candidate but I think for this election I'm voting for Obama. The first candidate I've ever voted FOR and not the lesser of 2 evils.

    June 20, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
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