73-year-old consumer advocate pledges to 'shift power from the few to the many' in third presidential bid. Clinton, Obama dismiss his run as 'passing fancy' but in a tight race he may once again steal much-need votes from Democrats
Associated Press Published: 02.24.08, 22:22 / Israel News
Nader also ran as a third-party candidate in the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections. He is still loathed by many Democrats who call him a spoiler and claim his candidacy in 2000 cost the party the election by siphoning votes away from Al Gore in a razor-thin contest in Florida. Nader vociferously disputes the spoiler claim, saying only Democrats are to blame for losing the race to George W. Bush.
Obama spoke dismissively of Nader at a news conference in Ohio, referring to him as a perennial presidential campaigner.
''He thought that there was no difference between Al Gore and George Bush and eight years later I think people realize that Ralph did not know what he was talking about,'' Obama said.
Clinton called Nader's announcement a ''passing fancy'' and said she hoped his candidacy would not hurt the Democratic nominee.
''Obviously, it's not helpful to whomever our Democratic nominee is. But it's a free country,'' she told reporters as she flew to Rhode Island for campaign events.
Nader vociferously disputes the spoiler claim, saying only Democrats are to blame for losing the 2000 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.''
''If the Democrats can't landslide the Republicans this year, they ought to just wrap up, close down, emerge in a different form,'' Nader said.
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