Ralph Nader declares again for president

By Gary Jacobson

February 24, 2008 at 2:58pm

Consumer advocate Ralph Nader declared Sunday on Meet the Press that he is running - again - for president.

The Politico said Nader’s third-party run would be a “huge boon” for Republicans in November.

The New York Times, however, pointed out that Nader received just .3 percent of the vote in his 2004 presidential bid, down considerably from the 2.7 percent he received as the Green Party candidate in 2000.

Many observers think Nader’s 2000 run cost Democrat Al Gore the election.

Asked if he could cost the Democrats the White House in November, Nader said: “Not a chance. If the Democrats can’t landslide the Republicans this year, they ought to just pack up, close down, and re-emerge in a different form.”

The Politico said Democrats will work to oppose Nader’s access to ballots in key states, as they did in 2004.

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  • #1.   Robert Howard 02.24.2008

    Ralph Nader needs to find a rational way to influence the political scene. He should lay out a platform of his most cherished beliefs and attempt to influence candidates to adopt them. The only possible outcome of a Nader candidacy is to divide the vote of the party whose beliefs most closely resemble his own. This has happened again and again. His candidacy is a kind of “death wish” for his view. Perhaps he is really a stealth conservative.

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