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Drum Roll, Please: Nader Picks a Runningmate

Ralph Nader (R) listens as his newly announced running mate Matt Gonzalez, a former member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, speaks at the National Press Club in Washington February 28, 2008. (Reuters.)

By Dana Milbank
Oh, the suspense.

Ralph Nader (I-Harold Stassen), beginning his third long-shot run for the presidency, called a press conference for noon today at the National Press Club to announce his running mate. To add to the intrigue, Nader aides teased those arriving by handing out sheets of paper identifying the vice-presidential candidate only as "?"

Nader entered the room. Aides removed the duct tape covering the campaign poster on the lectern -- revealing the running mate's name. Drum roll, please.

"Nader/Gonzalez '08" said the poster.

Baffled silence in the room. The former Green Party nominee had hooked up with President Bush's former attorney general?

Actually, it turned out to be rather less exciting than that. Nader's choice wasn't Alberto Gonzales but another son of Texas, Matt Gonzalez.

"I'm not a familiar face to the Washington press corps," the Nader runningmate admitted. Nor to many other people. He's a former member of the San Francisco Board of supervisors. He lost a race for San Francisco district attorney. He lost a race for San Francisco mayor. And now, he's ready to put that background to use for his biggest challenge yet: losing a race for the vice presidency.

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By Web Politics Editor  |  February 28, 2008; 4:44 PM ET
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