by Steven Ertelt
February 28, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Ralph Nader is the most recent candidate to enter the presidential race but he’s already ahead of the Democrats and Republicans by selecting a vice-presidential running mate. Nader chose California resident Matt Gonzalez, who became the first Green Party candidate to win a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
The consumer advocate 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.
Gonzalez was born in Texas and lost a race for district attorney and for mayor.
He has a long history of not only supporting legal abortions but advocating their expansion. As a candidate for mayor, he sought to increase governmental involvement in and promotion of abortion to record levels.
"I will fight against any limits on a womans right to make her own reproductive choices," he said.
Gonzalez indicated he would advocate for federal and state governments to provide health care plans that subsidize abortions and he said he would guarantee that illegal immigrants have access to legal abortions paid for with taxpayer funds.
He said he would work to make the morning after pill more widespread, including forcing San Francisco pharmacies to stock the Plan B drug — even if it violated their moral or religious views.
Gonzalez said he would promote CEDAW, the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women, a document the UN has used to force countries across the globe to legalize abortion or expand abortions.
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.
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.