Dems Blast Candidate Nader

Dems condemn Nader; Huckabee says GOP will welcome him
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 24, 2008 6:41 PM CST
Dems Blast Candidate Nader
Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., visits with the media and answers questions on her campaign plane en route to the T.F. Green State International Airport in Warwick, R.I., Sunday Feb. 24, 2008. Clinton answered questions about Ralph Nader's candidacy today. (AP...   (Associated Press)

Democrats took shots at Ralph Nader today after the consumer advocate jumped into the presidential race, the New York Times reports. “Wow, that’s really unfortunate,” a surprised Hillary Clinton said. “It’s not good for anybody, especially our country.” Obama praised Nader's advocacy, but added, "His function as a perennial candidate is not putting food on the table of workers.”

Not surprisingly, Republicans went easier on the hopeful who took 97,000 votes from Al Gore in 2000. "Naturally, Republicans would welcome his entry into the race," Mike Huckabee said on CNN's "Late Edition." Sen. Chuck Hagel echoed the sentiment, saying  "democracy should be about choices" as he welcomed candidates with "something to say." (Read more Ralph Nader stories.)

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