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Nader Hopes Third Presidential Run Is the Charm

By Zachary A. Goldfarb
Consumer activist Ralph Nader today launched his third bid for the presidency, saying he is not concerned that his candidacy could deny the Democrats the White House in November.

"If the Democrats can't landslide the Republicans this year, they ought to just wrap up, close down, emerge in a different form," Nader said. "You think the American people are going to vote for a pro-war John McCain who almost gives an indication he's the candidate for perpetual war?"

Many Democrats still blame Nader for costing Vice President Al Gore the presidency in 2000, when the race was decided by a razor-thin margin in Florida. Nader ran again in 2004 but had little impact on the race.

Nader announced his candidacy in the same way as he did four years ago, on NBC's "Meet the Press." He said that he was running to draw attention to issues ignored by the major candidates in both parties: corporate crime, worker rights, military spending and foreign policy.

"You take that framework of people feeling locked out, shut out, marginalized and disrespected," he said. "You go from Iraq to Palestine to Israel, from Enron to Wall Street, from Katrina to the bumbling of the Bush administration, to the complicity of the Democrats in not stopping him on the war, stopping him on the tax cuts."

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Much-maligned by Democrats, Ralph Nader is shown in this film as a dedicated man with public benefit as his only agenda. The film captures the mean-spiritedness of those who have tried to blame Nader for causing Gore to lose an election that he never tried hard to win, and conceded without a serious fight. It is clear that Democrats treat liberals today like they have always treated ethnic voters -- by failing to represent them, and leaving them to choose the least of evils.



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Posted by: Tara_Carreon | March 16, 2008 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Obama's efforts to connect to the Republican Party, specifically Bush, and Dick Chaney, of the Halliburton Company, dates back to the Presidents Grandfather, Prescott Bush, and indeed Chaney was once an executive officer of Halliburton.

The American military pounds Iraq with Artillary, bombs, and the like, destroying large sections of cities, and infra-structures, then Halliburton comes in to rebuild. Halliburton and Halliburton associated companies have raked in ten's of billions.

Obama is just like the BIG HALIBURTAN. Haliburton has contracted to build detention centers in the U.S. similiar to the one in Quantanammo Bay, Cuba. Halliburton does nothing to earn the Two Dollars for each meal an American Serviceman in Iraq eats.

Halliburton was scheduled to take control of the Dubai Ports in The United Arab Emiirate. The deal was canceled when Bush was unable to affect the transfer of the American Ports.

Now we see what some might suspect as similiar financial escapading from the Democrats.

Two years ago, Iraq's Ministry of Electricity gave a $50 million contract to a start-up security company - Companion- owned by now-indicted businessman (TONY REZKO) Tony Rezko and a onetime Chicago cop, Daniel T. Frawley, to train Iraqi power-plant guards in the United States. An Iraqi leadership change left the deal in limbo. Now the company, Companion Security, is working to revive its contract.
Involved along with Antoin "Tony" Rezco, long time friend and neighbor of Democratic Presidential hopeful Barack Obama, and former cop Daniel T. Frawley, is Aiham Alsammarae. Alsammarae was accused of financial corruption by Iraqi authorities and jailed in Iraq last year before escaping and returning here.

Obama should be vetted and disclose his connection to the criminal money generating underworld. Besides, his connections to the REZCO MAFIA types, his up-coming tax fraud charges -- Obama needs to disclose why he is a MUSLIM "PATWANG-FWEEE" and stop suppoting our intervention in IRAQ. It's time to introduce this false, fake Xerox - X box Obama and invite the self-indicting thief plagiarizing pipsqueke "GLORK" Xerox - X box to meet the Buffalo "GAZOWNT-GAZIKKA" Police Department Buffalo Creek. He is MAD!!! --

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Obama needs to disclose why he is a MUSLIM "PATWANG-FWEEE" and stop suppoting our intervention in IRAQ. It's time to introduce this false, fake "GLORK" Xerox - X box Obama and invite the self-indicting thief plagiarizing pipsqueke Xerox - X box to meet the Buffalo "GAZOWNT-GAZIKKA" Police Department Buffalo Creek.

Posted by: jreno2 | February 26, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Today's Math Quiz for Dummies:

If Ralph Nader - Dr. NO(Ron Paul) = al-Huckleberry + Ralph Nader = al-Hucklebery + Dr. NO + Ralph Nader And all of the above + Squat = Less than Squat, and is less than Squat - al-Huckleberry - Dr. NO and - Ralphie Nader, What MUST Ralphie Nader, al-Huckleberry and Dr. No be?

*** Warning: This test is currently being tested on Dimocrats in hopes there will be side effects, and has been tested on Republicans to remove the Posers(Heads Exploded)! ;~)

Answer: ZEROS!

Posted by: rat-the | February 25, 2008 8:01 PM | Report abuse

I have emailed this to Nader's campaign and if he doesn't hit the ground running with it, then he truly does not want to lay the framework for himself or other 3rd party candidates either ....or... how did he put it... what was his appraisal of the Democratic Nominees ???...OH YEAH THEN HE's SPINELESS ALSO..........................................................................In the United States, voter registration has never been higher (70 % of the eligible voters ) and yet there has been a steady DECLINE in voter turnout. We had a more than 10 % spike last election after Bin Laden released his video 2 days before the election, and I'm sure there will be another spike this year when Obama becomes the next President. This may placate the masses for a while, but nothing has actually changed. In this day and age of modern technology, a NATIONAL POLL - instituted so the masses can be actively involved in their REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY on a weekly basis, adding in their 2 cents on all the major issues of the week - is the best remedy for ailing voter discontentment. Of course there is probably not one elected official who would ever WANT such a thing, and that has more to do with the FACT that we are a FEDERAL CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC ( google United States, Wikipedia, first sentence ) and NOT a representative democracy. The PEOPLE want to be heard, my most distinguished and learned gentlemen and ladies, or so many of them would not be registering. If you truly want the people to feel positive about politics in general, why not give them an opportunity to become actively involved, say once a week, allowing them to voice their opinions on the major issues. When that day comes to pass, you will have solved voter discontentment in the United States.

Posted by: skywalkerjlp | February 25, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

It is obvious the Democrats are still in denial blaming Ralph Nader for Gore losing to Bush. It's so much easier blaming someone else for your own failings. Just get over it and admit you lost. Move on.

This country is in trouble because the Democrat and Republican parties have divided the people. There is no "We the people...". It is the Democrats and the Republicans. It's this pervasive attitude that prevents Congress from dealing with the problems facing the country.

It would be highly beneficial to have more political parties, as in Europe, to give people a greater choice. As long as we have only Democrats and Republicans in control, we will not meet the challenges of tomorrow.

Ralph Nader is a great alternative. Find out more about him. Look at his accomplishments. Look at what he stands for. Don't just blindly vote Democrat or Republican.

Posted by: Dick_Kahrs | February 25, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

So what do you think? Is Nader on the Republcan payroll? Is he getting slipped big fat envelopes full of cash under the table?

Maybe he is sincere... that he really wants to influence the debate. Maybe he thinks Edwards didn't do that enough already.

If HRC has the comeback of the century -- or steals the Nomination at the Convention -- Nader will put McCain in the White House. And we can stay in Iraq forever.

But... I think Obama has created a movement. It is not just about the man anymore.

Based on the "energy" that Obama has created -- all the new voters he is bringing into the process -- Obama will beat McCain and Nader.

Yes, I think Nader will syphon-off some votes, but all he will do is turn a Landlside into merely a Mandate.

Posted by: AdrickHenry | February 25, 2008 9:59 AM | Report abuse

This guy is like a perennial fungus that surfaces on the far left every four years!!

Someone should check his motive; possibly secretly hired to take a dump on the democratic rug! honestly what reason would this man have to run for office...again!?

Posted by: bassmaan | February 25, 2008 4:16 AM | Report abuse

Nader has every right to run, and you guys weren't complaining when Bill Clinton won because of Ross Perot.

Posted by: JakeD | February 24, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Ralph Nader = Ralph's Nadir = The lowest possible point.

Posted by: dubhlaoich | February 24, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Ralphie-boy! Something about Democrats you hate? You put Bush where he is today, and you did it all by yourself. You going to do the same favor for McCain and screw Americans again?

Posted by: tucanofulano | February 24, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

"The headline is wrong - this is his fourth announced run for the presidency: 1996, 2000, 2004, and now 2008."

If Ralph keeps this up, he's gonna make Harold Stassen jealous.

Posted by: PeterPrinciple | February 24, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

What a putz! Hasn't this guy done enough damage the last time? Voting for Nader in 2000 gave the country Bush on a silver platter. You may have agreed with some of Nader's policies and wanted to really really believe in your heart that voting for him might mean something but let's face it, the Nader supporters clinched the Bush presidency. Sorry but the Geens and enviromentalists indirectly contributed to the worse period of destruction to our planet in modern day memory.

If this guy really believed in helping third-party candidacies then he should have been working his butt off over the past 7 years trying to get "run-off" voting in use in many different states. That and only that has to be in place before there can ever be a third-party candidate that won't look like a complete putz and hand the election to the Republicans again.

But of course that isn't really his plan, he just misses the limelight.

What a putz.

Posted by: ezne1son | February 24, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Ron Paul will even things out, if he decides to run after the Republican nomination process is over...

Ron Paul & Economics - Saving the Economy; Saving America:

Dr. Paul's impact would be major, similar to that of Ross Perot, thus negating any negative impact Nader would maybe have on the Democrats- at least in theory.

Posted by: davidmwe | February 24, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

This man is on an ego trip. The Republicans are delighted. Shouldn't that tell Nader something? Does he really want John McCain to win? He surely must. Or doesn't care who wins. If he believes that there is no difference between McCain and Obama and/or Clinton, then he truly is delusional.

Posted by: tomgorrell | February 24, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Nader was instrumental of getting George W. into the White House eight years ago.
Now, a Republican plant could not be more welcomed by the GOP than Nader, who, as Huckabee correctly predicted, is likely to cost the Democratic nominee--not the Republican candidate. For more on this, read:

Posted by: bn1123 | February 24, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

The headline is wrong - this is his fourth announced run for the presidency: 1996, 2000, 2004, and now 2008.

Posted by: tbpg1 | February 24, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Having watched his appearance on Meet the Press this morning I was struck by Nader's interpretation of his role in the Gore v. Bush race. He is either being disingenuous, or he lacks some critical analytical skills. Even his own numbers result in the inference that his participation directly contributed to Gore's loss. Were there other factors? Certainly. However, he needs to go back to those analyzing the numbers to recognize that when all other variables are controlled, his participation would result in Gore losing and a decision not to participate would have resulted in Gore winning.

Posted by: jameswhanger | February 24, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

It is to be expected.

BTW check out the article "Obama's Faith" at

I haven't seen this discussed ANYWHERE in the MSM. it is a brialliant article.

Posted by: elsylee28 | February 24, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

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