Ralph Nader Moving Towards A Presidential Bid

Ralph Nader has launched an exploratory website and committee to run for President in 2008, and claims to have formally filed paperwork with the Federal Elections Committee. Nader says he finds both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama unacceptable. “They are both enthralled to the corporate powers,” Nader said of Clinton and Obama. “They’ve completely ignored the presidential pattern of illegality and accountability, they’ve ignored the out of control waste-fruad military expenditures, they hardly ever mention the diversion of hundreds of billions of dollars to corporate subsidies, handouts, and giveaways, and they don’t talk about a living wage.” He called Obama’s Senate career “mediocre, and quite cautious.” “It’s not that he doesn’t know what the score is, of course he does — look at his background, he knows plenty,” Nader said. “But he’s censoring himself.” Nader said there are plenty of voters looking for a candidate like him. “John Edwards, the banner of Democratic Party populism, is dropping out, and Dennis Kucinich dropped out earlier, so in terms of voters who are at least interested in having major areas of injustice, depravations, and solutions discussed in a presidential campaign, they might be interested in my exploratory effort,” Nader said. Nader was asked about being a spoiler for the Democrats again, and he said, “political bigotry will be the label on anybody who uses the word ‘spoiler’. Because ‘spoiler’ means minor candidates are second class citizens. Either we have an equal right to run for election, or we are spoilers for each other trying to get each other’s votes.”
Alan Cosgrove

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