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Is Ralph Nader running again?
McClatchy Newspapers ^ | February 22, 2008 | Maria Recio

Posted on 02/22/2008 5:23:17 PM PST by ricks_place

WASHINGTON — Four years after he announced a presidential run on NBC's "Meet the Press," Ralph Nader is poised to do it again.

He's scheduled to appear on the program Sunday, and longtime associates say they think the consumer advocate will announce his candidacy. Having abandoned the Green Party after being its nominee in 2000, he's more likely to run as an independent again, those familiar with his thinking said.

Kevin Zeese, Nader's 2004 campaign spokesman, who isn't involved in the 2008 exploratory efforts, said he thought that Nader was going to throw his hat in the ring again.

"If I had to guess I'd say he's going to run, because the two parties are not bringing issues in a way that will help the people, but will help the corporations," Zeese said.

In an e-mail to supporters from his exploratory committee, Nader asks, "What's been pulled off the table by the corporatized political machines in this momentous election year?" In what amounts to a preview of his campaign themes, he answers himself: "Cutting the huge, bloated and wasteful military budget, adopting a single-payer Canadian-style national health insurance system, impeaching Bush/Cheney, opposing nuclear power — among many others."

Nader is still embroiled in lawsuits from his 2004 run, when Democrats, some of whom think that he prevented Vice President Al Gore from winning in 2000, kept him off many state ballots. Nader was on the ballot in 34 states and the District of Columbia in 2004, but with Green Party access he'd made it onto the ballots in 43 states and D.C. in 2000.

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TOPICS: Front Page News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: greenies; nader
Run, Ralph, Run!

Ralph Nader in Berkeley, California.


1 posted on 02/22/2008 5:23:18 PM PST by ricks_place
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To: ricks_place

Oh for heaven’s sake, let this be true.


2 posted on 02/22/2008 5:24:10 PM PST by Marie2 (I used to be disgusted. . .now I try to be amused.)
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To: ricks_place

Good. The country needs you, Ralph. Just do it.


3 posted on 02/22/2008 5:25:04 PM PST by Bahbah
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To: ricks_place

He won’t do it.


4 posted on 02/22/2008 5:26:03 PM PST by mysterio
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To: ricks_place

If I had it, I’d write him a $10 million dollar check today.


5 posted on 02/22/2008 5:26:36 PM PST by HoosierHawk
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To: ricks_place

Ralph to those who don’t know is a ‘decentralist anarchist’. Still a communist, but with a twist.


6 posted on 02/22/2008 5:26:48 PM PST by FastCoyote (I am intolerant of the intolerable.)
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To: ricks_place

How many times has he run anyway?

The Harold Stassen of the left.


7 posted on 02/22/2008 5:29:05 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline —1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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To: ricks_place
Good luck Ralf!


8 posted on 02/22/2008 5:30:08 PM PST by Paleo Conservative
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To: NormsRevenge

Or the Dick Trickle of the Left.


9 posted on 02/22/2008 5:31:20 PM PST by rabidralph ("Hope," is an impotent wish unless followed with targeted "action.")
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To: ricks_place

Ralph + McKinney + possibility of brokered Democrat convention = just maybe we’ll keep the socialists out of the WH


11 posted on 02/22/2008 5:32:17 PM PST by squidly
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To: ricks_place

Best overheard conversation about Ralph Nader, by some teenagers.

“Is that Ralph Nader guy running for President too?”

“Who’s he?”

“I think he tipped his car over and so he wants to be President.”


12 posted on 02/22/2008 5:32:35 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: PermaRag
won’t cost the “Magic Monkey” a single electoral vote.

He did in 2000.

13 posted on 02/22/2008 5:32:58 PM PST by Paleo Conservative
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To: Paleo Conservative

Next... Al Gore...?


14 posted on 02/22/2008 5:34:06 PM PST by CindyDawg
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To: PermaRag

Ouch!


15 posted on 02/22/2008 5:34:55 PM PST by southernerwithanattitude ({new and improved redneck})
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To: ricks_place

He might but he won’t be a factor. Even the DUmmies have turned on him.


16 posted on 02/22/2008 5:39:59 PM PST by cripplecreek (Just call me M.O.M. (Maverick Opposed to McCain.))
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To: ricks_place
Ralph's Quixotic attempt to get on the ballot in this state in 2004 showed just what length the RAT machine would go to in order to herd their lemmings to Kerry. First, they went through his petitions one name at a time to disqualify signors on the most minute of technicalities. Once they succeeded in disqualifying enough signatures, they then went to court to rule that write-ins would only count if all 21 names of his electors were listed correctly.

Meanwhile, Kerry votes were already found on the machines when certain Philadelphia precincts opened. Several of them reported 110% turnout and the state was declared for Kerry by 10 p.m. while the poll place we were assigned to watch was still voting. In the end, Kerry's win margin in Pennsylvania was approximately the same as Bush's margin in Ohio next door which didn't declare a winner until the next day.

17 posted on 02/22/2008 6:02:50 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: CindyDawg

Great idea. A Ralph Nader/Al Gore ticket. Now that is a “ticket to ride”.

Cynthia McKinney, a red as a green. We can now call her the “Watermelon Girl”, green on the outside, red on the inside. In Canada, this would be known as the “Red Green Show.”

Calling Godfrey Chambers! (i.e. the movie “Watermelon Man”)
Calling MongoSantamaria (i.e. the song “Watermelon Man”)


18 posted on 02/22/2008 6:12:52 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper (Madmax, the Grinning Reaper)
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To: ricks_place
Four years after he announced a presidential run on NBC's "Meet the Press," Ralph Nader is poised to do it again.

At this point it doesn't matter one way or another.

We're stuck with an incompetent liberal irregardless.

19 posted on 02/22/2008 6:41:45 PM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: ricks_place
I was wondering when he'd turn up. The more the merrier, I say. He should suck away some of the peaceniks who are uncomfortable with Obama's statements on Iran.

Since it now looks like neither Mike Bloomberg nor Ron Paul will be making a third-party run, the only other likely third-party candidate out there in my eyes is Jim Gilchrist, who I'm betting will end up declaring his candidacy to run on the Constitution Party ticket once Huckabee drops out.

Nader will suck votes exclusively from Obama, while Gilchrist will suck them from McCain. It'll be interesting to see who sucks more.
20 posted on 02/22/2008 6:45:12 PM PST by The Pack Knight (Duty, Honor, Country.)
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To: All

I would actual have a reason to vote if Nader ran


21 posted on 02/22/2008 6:48:01 PM PST by Poetgal26 (God bless the US Military and our vets!)
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To: ricks_place

Things could get real wild in November if Nader runs, and one of the smaller conservative 3rd parties were to actually run someone with some positive credentials....


22 posted on 02/22/2008 6:51:31 PM PST by TheBattman (LORD God, please give us a Christian Patriot with a backbone for President in 08, Amen.)
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To: ricks_place
OK, time to share a secret.

Karl Rove and I have been working "below radar" the last year or so (didn't you wonder why he left the WH?) to start a grass roots campaign for Ralph to run. We have had ACORN getting the petitions signed in all kinds of states, we've have a team of "Rovian Rangers" sign up on blogs and bilk ask for donations from DUmmies, KOSmunists, Code STINKers, HUFFpoopieheads and other various LIB organizations willing to throw money at anyone who can pimp an "I'm Not Bush" slogan.

How this all started was Karl kind of got used to hearing "Rove You Magnificent Bastard" all the time and knowing that after GWB was done he was pretty much not into creating another FrankenGOPher from scratch, but he wanted one more shot at it. He called me on the secret "light-blue" phone (soft gentle color remained nondescript) and asked me to "round up the boys" for another mission he called "Secret Mission Green Weenie Schadenfreude." After we met at a secret chamber under the Skull & Bones Frat House and he showed me the plan drawn out on the back of paternity test for Chelsea Clinton I realized this could work.

We recruited a couple of strategic partners from Blackwater and Halliburton to provide logistics and set out to across America where we stopped at all the local "indy" coffee houses on open-mike nights and got the bong licking, granola eater, tree hugging "Viva La Evolution" T-shirt wearing freaks all in an orgasmic, "Ralphie Boy" chanting blather before moving on. Town after town after town. Finally when we got to California we realized our work was done.

We have been letting it settle and grow on its own now and I think that when Ralph announces his intent to run in a few days, I'm gonna have to call Karl one more time just to say....

RYMB!

/h

23 posted on 02/22/2008 6:55:40 PM PST by IllumiNaughtyByNature (Hillary Clinton - It's OBAMAS Party and She'll Cry if She Wants to?)
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To: The Pack Knight

Since both Nader and Gilchrist both “suck”, will you call people who vote for them, “suckers”?

Gee, Monica could be the head of this group, as well as that woman news reporter who said she’d give Bill Clinton a BJ.

This is going to be one interesting campaign.


24 posted on 02/22/2008 7:10:31 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper (Madmax, the Grinning Reaper)
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To: FastCoyote

Perhaps he can persuade Bloomie to run with him . At least some leftist nutters will vote for Nader and perhaps some East Coast states could actually be won by a GOP person. It might even help down ticket Pubs because lefties never seem know how to mark ballots correctly ala Fla.


25 posted on 02/22/2008 7:27:37 PM PST by phillyfanatic ( tH)
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To: ricks_place

Why would the moonbats vote for a grumpy old man like Nader when they could support a a fellow moonbat who is also the messiah.


26 posted on 02/22/2008 8:39:05 PM PST by ModelBreaker
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To: All
"In what amounts to a preview of his campaign themes, he answers himself: "Cutting the huge, bloated and wasteful military budget, adopting a single-payer Canadian-style national health insurance system, impeaching Bush/Cheney, opposing nuclear power — among many others."

WHOA & BACK UP! ... "impeaching Bush/Cheney"

Heck of a presidential campaign theme you've got there Ralph.  Care to explain just how a new President will go about having a former President and Vice-President impeached?

While you're at it, a couple more questions.  Do you spend lots of time with the test dummies?  Have you discussed this with them?

27 posted on 02/23/2008 1:06:21 AM PST by backtothestreets (My bologna has a first name, it's J-O-R-G-E)
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To: ricks_place

Eh, who cares? He probably won’t be the green party candidate this time, and even if he is he won’t matter. He is even less relevant this time than he was in 2004. Honestly, I can only see him making a difference if HRC is the Dim nominee, and I no longer think she will be, so again who cares.


28 posted on 02/23/2008 1:19:10 AM PST by beachdweller
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