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Ralph Nader Explains Why the Focus on RFK Jr. Is 'Stupid'

Don't worry about presidential race 'spoilers,' Nader says, insisting the concept is ridiculous

(Newser) - Ralph Nader has been saying it for decades: America needs a revolution. The lawyer, consumer advocate, and political activist famously—or, perhaps, infamously—ran for president as a third-party candidate in every election from 1992 until 2008. That includes, of course, his 2000 campaign, in which the 97,488 votes...

Nader: I'll Take Democratic 'Autocracy' Over GOP 'Fascism'

He doesn't plan to be a 'spoiler' in 2024 election

(Newser) - Ralph Nader isn't exactly overflowing with praise for either major party, but he's not planning to launch a 2024 White House bid. The 89-year-old consumer activist told the Washington Post in a recent interview that he wants to help President Biden get re-elected. "I know the difference...

Ralph Nader Relatives Suing Boeing Over Crash

Consumer advocate's grandniece died in Ethiopian Airlines crash

(Newser) - Relatives of one of America's most famous consumer advocates have a personal connection to last month's Ethiopian Airlines crash—and they plan to sue. Samya Rose Stumo, the 24-year-old daughter of a Ralph Nader niece, was killed in the crash of the Boeing 737 Max. Her relatives plan...

'War Criminal' Obama Worse Than Bush, Says Nader

But Mitt Romney's not so great, either

(Newser) - Ralph Nader had some harsh words for President Obama in an interview with Politico , calling the president a "war criminal" because of his foreign policy and military choices. He's even worse than George W. Bush "in the sense that he’s more aggressive, more illegal worldwide,"...

Nader 'Almost 100%' Certain Obama Will Face Primary

He's just not sure what the 'stature' of the candidate will be

(Newser) - The debt ceiling deal has so inflamed liberals that "the chances of there being a challenge to Obama in the primary are almost 100%," Ralph Nader said yesterday in an interview with the Daily Caller . Nader has said for a while that he’s trying to get someone...

Ralph Nader: Obama Will Win in 2012
Nader on 2012: Sadly, Obama’s
a Shoo-In

Nader on 2012: Sadly, Obama’s a Shoo-In

But liberal firebrand is trying to drum up a primary challenger

(Newser) - Ralph Nader isn’t holding his breath waiting for President Obama to go down in flames Jimmy Carter-style. “The stars are aligned” for Obama’s reelection, Nader writes in a Bloomberg op-ed. Here’s why:
  • The Republican primary field is littered with hardcore ideologues. “Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich,

Ralph Nader: Stop Giving Athletes Scholarships

He calls the NCAA tournament a 'pro' competition

(Newser) - Ralph Nader has set his sites on a new target: college sports. Nader's "League of Fans" group is calling for a ban on college athletic scholarships, as a way to "de-professionalize" school athletic programs. "As we near the exciting conclusion of 'March Madness—which would more accurately...

Ralph Nader: Impeach 'War Criminal' Obama

If Bush, Cheney were criminals, Obama is too

(Newser) - Ralph Nader, often a candidate for president and never a fan of the president or anyone who wants to be president , has quickly condemned President Obama's action in Libya , branding him a "war criminal," Mediaite reports. Sound familiar? Nader had the same pet name for George W Bush...

Ralph Nader Takes on Airport Scanners

And privacy watchdog files lawsuit

(Newser) - Ralph Nader has teamed up with the Electronic Privacy Information Center in a campaign against the full-body scanners being installed in airports around the country. EPIC has filed a lawsuit urging a DC court of appeals to suspend the scanner program, arguing that the machines are easily hackable, store nude...

Ralph Nader Rips US Safety Agency Over Toyota Mess

'The problem here starts not just with Toyota but NHTSA'

(Newser) - Ralph Nader says the US auto safety watchdog bears some of the blame for Toyota's sticky accelerator pedal mess. He faults the NHTSA for failing to take decisive action after six investigations spurred by complaints about involuntary acceleration. The recall is just a "cheap fix" after years of hiding...

Nader Considers Run Against Dodd

He's 'absorbing' reaction and studying grassroots support

(Newser) - Ralph Nader says he is "absorbing" the reaction he's receiving about a possible bid for the Senate and wants to first gauge the level of grassroots support before making a decision. Supporters have called on the 75-year-old Connecticut native to jump into the hotly contested race to challenge Democrat...

Time for Gays to Go Nader on Democrats

Fundraising boycott a good idea but doesn't go far enough

(Newser) - The two-party system gives gay Americans a terrible deal, and the proposed gay boycott of Democratic National Committee fundraising is a big step in the right direction toward changing the situation, writes Emma Ruby-Sachs . Cutting off funds to the party will push Democrats toward eliminating discrimination against gays and could...

Nader: Obama Is 'Weak, Waffling'

(Newser) - In an interview with Time to plug his new book, Ralph Nader doesn't mince words when asked his opinion of President Obama: "Weak. Waffling, wavering, ambiguous, and overwhelmingly concessionary." So does this mean we can expect another Nader run? "It's too early to say. One thing is...

Ralph Nader Pens Odd Utopian Novel
Ralph Nader Pens Odd Utopian Novel
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Ralph Nader Pens Odd Utopian Novel

Super-rich save the world in 736-page 'fictional vision'

(Newser) - Ralph Nader, the consumer advocate and sometime presidential candidate, has written his first novel, the New Yorker reports. Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us!, out tomorrow, is a “practical utopia” in which real-life characters undertake a fictional quest to—progressively—save the country. Over the course of its 736...

McAuliffe Denies DNC Offered Money to Nader

Spokesman slams Nader's claim he was bribed to avoid key states in '04

(Newser) - Ralph Nader's claim that then-DNC chairman Terry McAuliffe offered him cash to stay out of key state races in 2004 is far from the truth, McAuliffe campaign strategist Mo Elleithee tells the Blue Virginia blog. McAuliffe did speak to Nader—who Elleithee claims was being funded by the GOP—to...

Nader: Dems Offered Me Money in '04 to Skip Key States

McAuliffe doesn't deny the charge

(Newser) - Ralph Nader says Democrats were so worried about him in 2004 that DNC chief Terry McAuliffe offered to give his campaign money if he steered clear of 19 battleground states, reports the Washington Post. "When you get a call like that, first of all it's inappropriate,'' Nader said....

Nader: Obama Should Pitch a Worldwide Carbon Tax

Because China won't agree to a cap-and-trade

(Newser) - The cap-and-trade system Barack Obama favors to deal with climate change won’t work, Ralph Nader and Toby Heaps write in the Wall Street Journal, and it’ll lead to “trade anarchy.” Any unilateral action we take must be global; otherwise, companies will simply relocate, taking jobs and...

Third-Party Picks Causing Barely a Ripple

Barr, Nader not polling high enough to be game-changers

(Newser) - Third-party candidates across the nations are highly unlikely to siphon off anywhere near a significant number of votes this election day, Time reports. Libertarian Bob Barr is polling around 1%—down from a peak of 6% in the summer—with Ralph Nader faring the same. The longshot candidates say their...

Nader, Barr Could Still Tip Some Tight Races

Third-party candidates could play a role in some states

(Newser) - Third-party candidates haven’t won much attention in this election, but in some hotly contested states their candidacies could still affect the outcome, the Boston Globe reports. Independent Ralph Nader and Libertarian Bob Barr could play a role in Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Missouri, and Ohio, among others, the paper reports—...

Obama Pulls Ahead in Montana

Poll shows first-time lead for Democrat

(Newser) - For the first time, Barack Obama is leading John McCain in Montana, 44% to 40%, a poll suggests. Obama is seen as stronger on the economy by 48% to McCain’s 42%, though voters prefer McCain on foreign policy, 52% to 42%. Obama’s overall lead is within the MSU-Billings...

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