Ralph Nader for President
Posted by shadmia on February 25, 2008
Ralph Nader, 73, announced that he will run for President……just as he did in 2000 and 2004. He blamed both the Democrats and the Republicans for a prolonged Iraq war and a shaky economy. He blamed the Bush administration for tax policies that left lower- and middle-class people in debt.
“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.”
“In that context, I have decided to run for president,” Nader told NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
Railing against corporate lobbyists and special interests, Nader vowed to accept only individual donations. “We have to shift the power from the few to the many.” Nader said. Reactions among the current candidates to Nader’s announcement were varied.
“In many ways he is a heroic figure and I don’t mean to diminish him. But I do think there is a sense now that if somebody is not hewing to the Ralph Nader agenda, then you must be lacking in some way,” Obama said.
“Obviously, it’s not helpful to whomever our Democratic nominee is. But it’s a free country,” she told reporters as she flew to Rhode Island for campaign events.
Mike Huckabee noting that Nader generally pulls votes away from the Democrats said:
“So naturally, Republicans would welcome his entry into the race,” the former Arkansas governor said on CNN.
In the 2000 election, Ralf Nader was blamed for Al Gore’s defeat at the hands of George Bush.
He denied the charge saying that it was the Democrat’s fault and not his for losing the race. He added however that this time he thought that there was no way he could affect the race because the electorate would not vote for a pro-war John McCain.
“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.
As personal note, I just wonder what Ralph Nader hopes to accomplish by joining the Presidential Race. The Republican Mike Huckabee has a better chance at becoming President than Ralph Nader. So why waste people’s time and money on a bid that is doomed to failure?