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Ralph Nader has announced plans to run again for the US presidency


Ralph Nader has announced plans to run again for the US presidency.

The anti-establishment consumer advocate made the announcement in a televised interview on Sunday.

Mr Nader was accused by many Democrats of handing the presidency to George W Bush in the November 2000 elections. He ran again unsuccessfully in 2004.

Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are vying for the Democratic ticket. John McCain is almost certain to run for the Republicans.

Nearly three million Americans - more than 2% of the vote - backed him when he stood as the Green Party candidate in the 2000 presidential election.

That election was so close that a small proportion of those votes - particularly in the key state of Florida - would have put Al Gore in the White House.

"I'm running for president," Mr Nader said as he announced the move on the NBC's Meet the Press.

He said most Americans were disenchanted with the Democratic and Republican parties - and denied he was seeking to be a spoiler candidate.

If the Democrats cannot win by a "landslide" this year, he said, "they should just close down".

Mr Nader was born in Connecticut in 1934 and was educated at Princeton and Harvard universities.

He has spent most of his life fighting for consumers and workers against corporations.

In the 1960s his work on car safety led directly to seat belts and shatter-resistant glass being fitted in every American car. From the 1970s he built a reputation for dealing with issues including workers' rights, public safety, the environment and the influence of corporations.

He founded a number of groups including Public Citizen, which in recent years has been active in organising protests against the World Trade Organization and World Bank/IMF.


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spy153Comment by spy153 - February 24, 2008, 1:18 pm
I know this is off topic, but what did you think of the game last night?
Rick GComment by Rick G - February 24, 2008, 3:02 pm
I always question Mr. Nader's intentions when he throws his needle into the presidential haystack at the last minute. I do believe he has been an important factor in the last two elections by taking votes from Democrats in close states.

In essence he is working as a Republican tool that may affect this election as well. But he has a right to be on the ballot.

JAP69Comment by JAP69 - February 24, 2008, 3:41 pm
This country needs more than 2 major political parties.
Politics have been hogged by two parties too long.
Need new blood in politics.
time*treatComment by time*treat - February 24, 2008, 4:06 pm
Many Democrats would agree with Rick G's sentiments, although they might choose to leave out the word "Republican". :-)
justxploringComment by justxploring - February 24, 2008, 4:37 pm
I agree with Rick. I don't like Nadar anyway, but I do agree we need more than 2 parties. The whole system needs to be changed. I didn't like being told in FL that I had to choose my party in order to participate in the FL primary & then only vote for it. Still, my vote didn't count anyway.
Signed, Invisible American
justxploringComment by justxploring - February 24, 2008, 4:40 pm
I mean "Nader" (er, not ar)   I was thinking of being under the "radar" after reading time*treat's blog.   

It's so scary that there are cameras everywhere watching us. 2 summers ago I worked nights for extra money in telesales (hated it) and instead of punch clocks, they used fingerprints to sign in. I'm sure it made payroll time a lot easier, but I felt it was invasive. At least I wasn't microchipped.
jarasanComment by jarasan - February 24, 2008, 4:54 pm
Oh yeah, Ralph Nader is republican tool. Well, I beg to differ, republicans use Craftsman tools exclusively. In addition, the Corvair was designed as the peoples car kinda like the Volkswagon, so he must be working for the people partying around the big campfire in one of Pacs You tube extravaganzas.
justxploringComment by justxploring - February 24, 2008, 5:18 pm
I used to support Nader and his so-called fight to protect the consumer. I changed my mind after learning too much. He's an egotistical, greedy narcissist along with the other lawyers and fundraisers who donated very little money to his "causes." I believe in elections he likes to manipulate the outcome instead of thinking what's best for the American people. I hope that we won't be fooled a second time. The same people who blame Bush for what has happened over the past 7 years can point their fingers at Ralph and say "shame on you." Whether he's a tool for the Republicans or just a man who likes the attention to promote his legacy as a folk hero, doesn't really matter does it? We still got the same results.

Maybe I still hold a grudge because I couldn't get doo-doo for my Pinto when I traded it in 78. :-)
emilygComment by emilyg - February 24, 2008, 7:22 pm
Nader was relevant at one time - not so anymore.
ThinkComment by Think - February 24, 2008, 9:23 pm
Jap69 said "This country needs more than 2 major political parties."
That is true.
For those that have not heard this yet-
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and expecting different results.
So, if you keep voting Democrat or Republican over and over and you expect things to be different then you are Insane!

Be a Smarty
Vote third Party
TenajComment by Tenaj - February 24, 2008, 10:22 pm
We need to re-vamp the entire voting and election process. Just let the people vote on the same day and cut out the delegates/super delegates votes, and super Tuesday and let the people decide.   Vote one time - in November. It ain't working for the people. The entire process is #$!% and it leaves room for a lot of manipulation, cheating and unfair play.   It's like "lets see what dummies we can fool now with this tactic"

Do not allow candidates to accept money from corporations or people in order to cut out the corruption and see how many people will run then.
TenajComment by Tenaj - February 24, 2008, 11:18 pm
This is where Nadar stand on the issues


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