Ralph Nader said he will run for president as a third-party candidate, criticizing the top White House contenders as too close to big business and pledging to repeat a bid that will shift the power from the few to the many.
Nader, 73, said most people are disenchanted with the Democratic and Republican parties due to a prolonged Iraq war and a shaky economy. The consumer advocate also blamed tax and other corporate-friendly policies under the Bush administration that he said have left many lower- and middle-class people in debt.
Nader also criticized Republican candidate John McCain and Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton for failing to support full Medicare for all or cracking down on Pentagon waste and the bloated military budget. He blamed that on corporate lobbyists and special interests, which he said dominate Washington, D.C., and pledged in his third-party campaign to accept donations only from individuals.
The issue is do they have the moral courage, do they have the fortitude to stand up to corporate powers and get things done for the American people, Nader said. We have to shift the power from the few to the many.
Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, speaking shortly before Nader's announcement, said Nader's past runs have shown that he usually pulls votes from the Democrat. So naturally, Republicans would welcome his entry into the race, the former Arkansas governor said on CNN.
Nader vociferously disputes the spoiler claim, saying only Democrats are to blame for losing the race to George W. Bush. He said Sunday there could be no chance of him tipping the election to Republicans because the electorate will not vote for a pro-war John McCain.
He will at least rock the boat some so it may change the outcome. Hopefully for the better because the way things have been going I really have not felt good about any candidates so far. I feel anything would be better than what we have had the past 8 years.
On the other hand God forbid, history just might repeat itself and the letter above could be from the Republican John McCain and I can't help but feel that would not be a good thing because everything will stay the same and we the people will not have the change we are seeking.
I have set up a link for anyone who wants to know more about why Ralph Nader is going for his 3rd try just click on the Title (Spoiler? Who Knows?) at the top of this posting.