Sunday, February 24, 2008

Nader to Run Ror President, Remains Undecided About the Green Party

Ralph Nader announced his candidacy for President of the United States today, but remains undecided on whether or not he will seek the Green Party's nomination in 2008. We are expecting him to make that decision later this week.

Nader Launches Presidential Bid
Sunday, February 24, 2008 at 02:23:00 PM

Washington, D.C. – Ralph Nader today threw his hat into the 2008 Presidential ring.

Nader announced his candidacy on NBC’s Meet the Press with Tim Russert.

At the same time, the Nader campaign launched a web site –

The campaign web site highlights twelve fundamental differences between the Nader campaign and the corporate Republicans and corporate Democrats.

In a letter posted on the campaign web site this morning, titled Civics Test, a group of Nader supporters ask:

“Of the following Presidential candidates – Ralph Nader, Hillary Clinton, Barak Obama and John McCain – which one supports a single payer, Canadian style, free choice, Medicare for all health care system?

Answer: Ralph Nader

Which one supports solar energy and would take nuclear power off the table?

Answer: Ralph Nader

Which one would cut the huge bloated wasteful military budget?

Answer: Ralph Nader

Which one would reverse U.S. Middle East policy in Israel/Palestine, Iraq and Iran?

Answer: Ralph Nader

Which one would launch an aggressive crackdown on corporate crime and corporate welfare?

Answer: Again, only Ralph Nader.”

A separate letter, titled “Mr Frugal,” agrees that Hillary Clinton’s campaign spending $3.8 million in January on one consultant alone was “stunning.”

“Give our candidate – we call him Mr. Frugal – $3.8 million and he’ll get us on the ballot all across this country,” the letter reads.

The web site encourages people to join a Road Trip for Ralph – where volunteers will travel the country, getting Nader on the ballot in all fifty states.

On Meet the Press, Nader said that “dissent is the mother of assent.”

Nader said people are feeling “locked out, shut out, marginalized and disrespected.”

“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 (for the wealthy).”

“In that context, I have decided to run for president,” Nader told Russert.

Nader called Obama “the first liberal evangelist in a long time.”

But Nader said that Obama is censoring his better instincts.

“Senator Obama’s record has not been a challenging one,” Nader said. “He’s not been a Senator Wellstone or Senator Abourezk or Senator Metzenbaum by any means. He has leaned, if anything, more toward the pro-corporate side of policymaking. The issue is – do they have the moral courage? Do they have the fortitude to stand up against the corporate powers and get things done? Yes, get things done for the American people?”
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Jason Nabewaniec said...

"we are not going to seek the Green Party nomination" which "has four announced candidates -- very articulate candidates." -Ralph Nader 2-28-2008

Jason Nabewaniec said...

Jason Nabewaniec said...

From C-SPAN, Washington Journal, Feb. 29, 2008

Q: The caller said you ran on the Green party ticket. Why not run on
the Green party ticket again?

NADER: Well, because I think Cynthia McKinney is running, and I think
it would be wonderful for the Green Party to have an African-American
woman. She was elected numerous times to the House of Representatives,
and I think we need several progressive initiatives in this country.

Q: And that was the decision, to not run on the Green Party ticket
because she announced?

NADER: Well, there are others as well. You know, the Green Party is
only on twenty-one ballots, and we don't want to be distracted. We
have to get on fifty - try to get on fifty state ballots. And the
Greens have their way of doing things, and we have our way of doing