Ralph Nader announces candidacy on Meet the Press – Updated

Close aids are expecting him to announce his candidacy so it sounds like as of February 24th, we’re going to officially have a third-party candidate. I will have the full video of him on Meet the Press once it airs.

Here’s the story on it from KansasCity.com:

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.”

Perhaps this official Nader exploratory site has something to do with it as well. So which side does Nader hurt more? Typically the conventional wisdom would be the Democrats as seen in 2000. However, with McCain as the assumed Republican nominee, would some of his independent and moderate Democratic base be pulled toward Nader instead? Then, without widespread conservative support of McCain, could Nader help cause a Democratic victory instead?

Could it be a possibility that Nader actually hurts the Republican nominee more in 2008?

Update:

He has announced that he will in fact be running for President. Currently working on the video, I’ll update this and post it separately.

Update:

Here’s the entire video of his announcement and interview:

Video: Ralph Nader on Meet the Press – 2/24/08

  • I just saw this on Meet The Press and I noticed there are already shirts on Cafepress saying to stop Nader, haha. This election is going to be one gigantic mess, isn’t it? The media feeding frenzy will only get worse, I’m certain, now that there’s a new old candidate to consider in the mix. I honestly have no idea who he’d hurt more at this point. :\

  • Stalin

    I find it very amusing that the same democratic party that is always preaching about voting inequities is trying to impede the democratic process.

  • I believe Nader is a better choice than Osama.

  • Geri

    There is no doubt whatsoever that Nader cares and has good intentions for the people. The main question is, will he and his campaign go full speed ahead to truly seek the presidency. In the past, it seems like they have given up too easily. If they really show conviction, perhaps they can go all the way this time.
    There are things to like (and dislike) about all the candidates, certainly. And just when I think Obama is above arrogance, his comments about Nader were disappointingly disturbing.
    McCain has bombarded us by phone. Obama has deluged our email. So far Clinton hasn’t pushed into our face as much as the others.
    As I said, I haven’t committed to any candidate yet. McCain seems to have a sincere spirit and dedication to constitutional rights. Obama and Clinton both seem to have concern for domestic rebuilding and support.
    If Nader can REALLY push this time, we could have the best of all worlds. But, will he? I guess we’ll see.