Nader Enters the Race

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[Image: Cartoon by Gary Markstein, via Hereinstead]

Not to be left out of this presidential election, Ralph Nader has announced that he will be entering the 2008 contest for the oval office.

Viewed by many as a spoiler in the 2000+2004 elections, Nader thinks of himself as a serious candidate who will push issues that the Republicans tend to marginalize, and on which the Democrats are ‘too cautious’ to take a serious stance.

“I’d go after Bush even more vigorously as we are in the next few months in ways that the Democrats can’t possibly do because they’re too cautious and too unimaginative, but they can pick up the vulnerabilities and the failures of the Bush administration that we point out,” Nader said Monday on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

Nader rejects the spoiler label as a “contemptuous” term used by those who want to deny voters a choice. Declaring Washington a “corporate-occupied territory,” he accuses both Democrats and Republicans of being dominated by corporate lobbyists who care little about the needs of ordinary Americans [via MSNBC].

‘Contemptuous’ or not, in a tight political race such as the 2000 elections [when Bush lost to Al Gore], Nader was the deciding factor in a number of states – where Bush beat Gore by a narrow margin that would’ve been covered by those votes for Ralph. While Nader believes this election should be a ‘landslide’ for the democrats, I think we can all agree that after the 2000 elections we know that anything is possible.

Here’s a video, released after the NH primaries, in which Nader voices his opinions on the [then] remaining 2008 hopefuls:

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Regardless of whether you believe Nader is right about Washington, and the problems with our two-party electoral system [and I mean, let's be real - of course he's right], the fact remains that this is a two-party country that barely bothers to learn about politricks – and instead simply choses a side. Those of us willing to consider candidates based on merit and actual policies/views instead of party lines are both in the minority, and [seemingly] a little too far left to vote republican [most of the time]. This effectively splits a democratic party, at some point – that the majority of republicans already believe is too ‘liberal’ – by providing an entirely valid candidate who responds to the needs/desires of many ‘liberals’ who would, by default, vote democrat. It’s a shitty reality, but the reality nonetheless – sorry Ralphie.

The Republicans, of course, will be backing Nader’s candidacy:

“I think it always would probably pull votes away from the Democrats and not the Republicans, so naturally, Republicans would welcome his entry into the race,” Huckabee said Sunday on CNN [via].

Check out CNN‘s and MSNBC‘s coverage for more.

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