Nader announces another Presidential bid, but Obama isn't worried
Ralph Nader is launching a third-party campaign for president. The consumer advocate made the announcement Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press." He says most Americans are disenchanted with the Democratic and Republican parties, and that none of the presidential contenders are addressing ways to stem corporate crime and Pentagon waste and promote labor rights.
Nader also ran as a third-party candidate in the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections. He is still loathed by many Democrats who call him a spoiler and claim his candidacy in 2000 cost the party the election by siphoning votes away from Al Gore in a razor-thin contest in Florida.
According to a Wall Street Journal report, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama recently said that Nader's plans didn't concern him.
ďI think the job of the Democratic Party is to be so compelling that a few percentage [points] of the vote going to another candidate is not going to make any difference," Obama said in Ohio Saturday.
The WSJ article continued, "Obama responded to criticism from Nader, who has suggested that the Democratic hopeful lacks substance, by noting that Nader has reached out to his campaign. 'My sense is that Mr. Nader is somebody who if you donít listen and adopt all of his policies thinks youíre not substantive,' Obama said, before praising Nader as a 'heroic' and 'singular figure in American politics.'"
This video is from MSNBC, broadcast February 24, 2008.
Rush transcript via closed captions
:: ralph nader is running for president, everyone, this is an msnbc campaign alert. we're just getting word from tim russert that ralph nader has indicated he is going to run for the presidency. patty culhane is standing by with reaction. was this expected?
:: reporter: good morning, alex, he is a little bit of the perennial presidential candidate, raffle nader has been -- ralph nader has been running for president since 1992. i think a lot of people thought, well, he's done it that many times he might do it again. ralph nader is very controversial because of the 2000 election. a lot of democrats still hold a grudge against him, he got out 97,000 votes in florida and a lot of democrats blame him because as you remember al gore lost florida with just about 600 votes so a lot of democrats blame him for george bush being in office. but ralph nader says he is running for president. lets listen to a little bit of that.
:: dissent is the much of assent. and in that context i have decided to run for president.ro
:: as you know, ralph nader, there will be democrats all across the country who are going to find this very disturbing news and they'll point again to 2000. this was the vote count, al gore winning the popular vote but you got 2.7%, nearly 3 million votes in 2000. then there, florida florida. you got 97,488, democrat after n democrat says to this day, ralphld nader, if your name had not been on that ballot, al gore would have carried florida. exit polls show he would have carried voters 2-1 and gore would have been president not george w. bush.
:: not jury george bush, not the democrats in florida? i wish you would have al gore on this program.
:: reporter: what ralph nader has always said is he wants to be the voice for the disenfranchised. when he was asked the question right after the bat, are you running for president? he said 24% asked in polls don't like where the country is, 61% don't like where the political parties are handling it. i want to be a voice for these disenfranchised. he wants to get those voters that have been swinging towards ron paul. i should tell you that ralph nader does not think he will be the next president of the united states, but he is running to have his issues heard. barack obama was asked about this yesterday, and he said, are you worried about a run by raffle nader? he said no i believe that the job of a democratic candidate is to get enough support that a another candidate won't make a difference.
:: thank you very much for that msnbc campaign alert.
(with wire reports)