Nader Begins White House Bid

Dems intend full-court press to keep potential spoiler off the ballot
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 24, 2008 8:19 AM CST
Nader Begins White House Bid
Ralph Nader speaks at a news conference in Reading, Pa. in this July 14, 2007 file photo. Nader could be poised for another third party presidential campaign. The consumer advocate announced his presidential bid during an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday. Nader launched his 2004 presidential...   (Associated Press)

Consumer advocate Ralph Nader, whose third-party candidacy many thought handed George W. Bush the presidency in 2000, announced this morning that he will again make a bid for the White House, reports MSNBC. In a Meet the Press interview, he cited America's fatigue with mainstream parties and his belief that current candidates weren't addressing Pentagon waste, labor rights, and corporate crime.

Democrats greeted the announcement with fury, Politico reports, and intend to keep him off state ballots. "'Loathe' isn't a strong enough word," said the Clinton camp. But Obama was unconcerned: "I think the job of the Democratic Party is to be so compelling that a few percentage (points) going to another candidate is not going to make any difference.” (More Ralph Nader stories.)

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