by Steven Ertelt
February 24, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Consumer advocate Ralph Nader launched a third-party presidential bid on Sunday saying that neither of the major political parties are addressing the issues that concern him. Nader, who is pro-abortion, ran in 2000 and 2004 and was credited with taking away votes from Al Gore and John Kerry that helped President Bush win each time.
A Nader candidacy in 2008 could siphon some of the votes on the left side of the political spectrum from pro-abortion Democratic candidates Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton.
Nader appeared on the NBC current events program "Meet the Press" on Sunday to announce his campaign.
"Dissent is the mother of assent, and in that context I have decided to run for president," Nader said and added that he will address political issues he contends neither major party is willing to address.
In the television appearance, Nader said that he was not running as a "spoiler" who could hand the presidency to John McCain.
"If the Democrats can’t landslide the election this year, they ought to just wrap up, close down," he said.
In an interview with the Wall St. Journal, Obama suggested he’s not worried about the possibility Nader will take votes away from him in a campaign against McCain, who opposes abortion.
I think the job of the Democratic Party is to be so compelling that a few percentage [points] of the vote going to another candidate is not going to make any difference," he said.
Mike Huckabee, the pro-life Republican candidate who is still in the running against McCain, told CNN he welcomed Nader’s entry into the race because it would provide just a little more help for himself or McCain in November.
"So naturally Republicans would welcome his entry into the race and hope that maybe a few more will join in," he said.
Although Nader received 2.7 percent of the national vote as the Green Party candidate in 2000, his share of the vote dropped to 0.3 percent when he ran as an independent in 2004 because he appeared on the ballot in only 34 states.
Without the backing of a major party, Nader’s influence could dwindle again in 2008.