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US election: Nader runs again to Democrats' dismay

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US election: Nader runs again to Democrats' dismay


Considered one of the most stubborn men in America, Ralph Nader is once again running for president of the United States, for the fourth consecutive time. This staunch defender of consumers’ and environmental rights is going it alone, as an independent candidate. He blames both the Republicans and the Democrats for the situation in Iraq.

“The Democrats are complicit in this, they could have stopped that war resolution in the Senate but they did not,” he said. “And so they have in the White House a chicken hawk, draft-dodging, messianic, militarist presiding over a no-fault government for which he is not being held accountable, until perhaps November 2.” This year, Nader failed to win support from the Green Party which backed him in 1996 and 2000. He hasn’t even been able to get on the ballot in every state. That is a far cry from the last election, when nearly three million Americans – 2.7 percent of the vote – backed him. In a contest that was so close, those ballots could have given Democratic candidate Al Gore a majority, particularly in the crucial state of Florida, where Bush won by only 537 votes and Nader picked up 100,000. As a result, many of his former supporters now blame him for putting Bush in the White House. This time round, Democrats and anti-Bush activists have done all they can to dissuade Nader from standing, including setting up a website called “Don’t vote Ralph” to encourage left-wing voters to stay away from the independent candidate.
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