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February 25th, 2008
05:00 PM ET

How will Ralph Nader affect the race?

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Ralph Nader on Meet the Press. Click the play button to see what Jack and our viewers had to say.

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Some people just won't take "no" for an answer.

Consumer activist Ralph Nader is planning his 4th consecutive bid for the White House – fifth if you count his 1992 write-in campaign.

Nader says he's running as a third-party candidate because he wants the chance to improve our country by fighting back against big money and special interest groups.

He thinks most people are disenchanted with both the Democratic and Republican parties because of the Iraq war and the state of our economy. And he's right, but they are also disenchanted with Ralph Nader – as evidenced by his 0-5 record in presidential runs.

In addition, many Democrats still blame Nader for Al Gore's loss in 2000. Being tone deaf, Nader rejects the idea that he's a "spoiler" candidate. He says voters won't choose a "pro-war John McCain." Note to Ralph: voters won't choose you either. Last time out Nader corralled a whopping 0.3% of the vote.

Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama were quick to make it seem like Nader's announcement wasn't such a big deal. Clinton says that it's not helpful to whoever the Democratic nominee is, but it's a free country. Obama called Nader a "singular figure in American politics", but also dismissed him, saying 8 years ago Nader thought there was no difference between Al Gore and George Bush.

Here’s my question to you: Ralph Nader says he’s running for president again as a third-party candidate. What effect will he have on the race?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Bob from Pittsburgh writes:
Jack, I hope that as I age, I don't make the same mistake Ralph Nader is making. It's always better to go out at the top of your game (a long time ago for Nader), than to struggle out onto the playing field and make everyone cringe. Ralph once did consumers a great service – he is now doing his country a grave disservice.

Jeff from North Carolina writes:
Why is he coming in at this particular time? Why not earlier? Who is he really working for?

Larry from Georgetown, Texas writes:
Jack, If Nader believes that the American people are disenchanted over Iraq, maybe he should try this on for size and sleep well at night. He is responsible for all of the American soldiers and all of the innocent people killed in Iraq. In the words of Ron Paul, "Just think about it." If he had not run in 2000, we would not be in Iraq today, maybe Osama would have been captured and our economy would not be in the pit that it is today.

Chris writes:
Nader... this guy is like that fly that keeps landing on your potato salad at the picnic. He just doesn't take a hint – even when he's nearly squashed. As an Independent, I was hoping for an entry, it just wasn't Nader. Bloomberg would be nice, Dobbs another fine choice. Heck, I'd even like to see Gore run as an Independent. Just not that pain in the *** Nader.

D. writes:
Jack, I hope Mr. Nader shakes up this race until they foam! These candidates were not chosen by many of us and we don’t believe in their positions on many issues. We need a third party candidate and right now Ralph Nader is all we have! Go Ralph!

Shaun writes:
Jack, His effect? He'll waste his supporters’ hard-earned money on a campaign that is simply designed to boost his gigantic ego. He'll get nowhere… again


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  1. stan

    jack, ralph nader would be doing a better service to his country by backing anyone of the candidates running, Americans dont need him de-stabilizing our democratic process again!

    February 25, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  2. Jim Galvin

    The same effect a mosquitoe has on your frame of mind as it buzzes around your ear all night.

    February 25, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  3. Rex in Portland, Ore.

    I have offered Nader $25 for his Green party. Is that a rip-off, Jack – another consumer fraud?

    February 25, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  4. Nicki, Detroit

    Our media hasn't bothered to vet the front runners, nor provide expert comparative analysis of their plans. You can be sure Nader will check them out thoroughly. His entry could provide a much needed public service.

    February 25, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  5. Lex Stone Mtn, GA

    WILL THIS GUY JUST DISAPPEAR ALREADY???? I understand Nader's point that we need something better than a two party system...But because of this jerk, we've been subject to the worst of the two evils for 7 years. If this guy plays spoiler again, I'm gonna find him- and deliver a personal gut check, or a solid gut punch.

    Thanks, Jack

    February 25, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  6. Terry, Chandler AZ

    Not much effect Jack. I'd say his total vote count will be lessthan the IQ of the current president. Mayor Bloomberg would have a dramatic effect should he decide to run.

    February 25, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  7. Victoria Anne

    GO NADER!

    February 25, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  8. Mark

    Nader's run could affect the outcome in degree, but not in kind. Without him, Obama might lose say 45 states, and with him, he might lose 48. So this time Ralph can't throw the election to the republicans, like he did in 2000, but hey, nothing like insurance.

    And the man is so narcissistic he shows no guilt or shame for what he did in 2000. He is as much responsible for the Iraq war as is GWB, because Gore would never have gotten us into this debacle. I would hate to have to live with that.

    February 25, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  9. Bob from Traverse city Michigan

    Ralph Nadar will not have much effect on this race Jack. As a result of this years preliminaries starting so soon the die has allready been cast for this year. His entry into the process this year and years past will however impact future races. The ironic thing is this, the main point I believe he's trying to make is that our government should not be limited to only two political parties. Our democracy would be better served if the electorate were offered a wider choice at election time. However the historical impact of his and other third party candidates has allowed the two major parties, the republicans and the democrats, to portray all third party candidates as loony far left or far right nut jobs not to be taken seriously. Mr. Nadars efforts are only causing damage to his own agenda.

    February 25, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  10. Don Lepkowski

    Dear Jack, If Lou Dobbs truely decides to sit on the sidelines instead of running for President, I will likely vote for ANYONE in a third party. If it's Ralph Nader, so be it. I want real check and balances in our government, not the winks and nods that we have now. Truth be told, I wrote Lou several months ago asking him to make a run for the White House and I even suggested you (Sir) to be his sidekick as VP. Talk about "Change".

    February 25, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  11. James in Cape Coral, FL

    Jack,
    This time around he might actually have an impact. Up to this point we've only been given the usual, democrat or republican. So a third party candidate, at this time of great uncertainty, could be a force to be reckoned with. But when you take in to account the enormous ammount of votes Obama is receiving and the ten's of thousands of people he pulls in, at a single event just to watch him speak, it's hard to invision a way that anyone can beat him.

    February 25, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  12. Tina Tx

    Ralph who? Why is the old fool back in messing up the works? Hillary needs to take him when she drops out and take him by the hand and go away.

    February 25, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  13. Karen P

    Oh I guess we'll need SOME entertainment in November when we don't have to watch Hillary make a fool of herself.

    February 25, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  14. Terry North Carolina

    Jack
    This is getting real tired, Ralph Nader has seen his best days many years ago. Are you telling me there is no one else around that could run on a third party ticket and be a viable canidate ? Its a sad commentary.

    February 25, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  15. Bob in Pittsburgh, PA

    Jack,

    I hope that as I age, I don't make the same mistake Ralph Nader is making. It's always better to go out at the top of your game (a long time ago for Nader), than to struggle out onto the playing field and make everyone cringe. Ralph once did consumers a great service – he is now doing his country a grave disservice. But, I'm guessing that no-one will notice or care!

    February 25, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  16. Daniel in Chicago, Illionis

    I can't estimate as to what effect Ralph Nader will have on this race, but I think it's important for there to be other options and 3rd party or independent candidates. We shouldn't be forced to choose between two evils, no matter how "less evil" one of them is. Evil in any amount is still evil.

    February 25, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  17. Jerry Wilson

    None!

    Jerry Wilson

    February 25, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  18. Greg From Mechanicsburg, PA

    It will have no effect on the election whatsoever. If he wants to waste his time in another run, that's his business, but he would be better advised to remain focused on protecting American consumers from dangerous products.

    February 25, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  19. John - Spokane, WA

    He'll hurt Obama, not Hillary.

    February 25, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  20. kathryn

    Ralph Nader connot win the election & is running again as a spoiler.. The only way to get thru to him (a supposedly intelligent man) is to give 0 VOTES & maybe he'll get the message. Kathy Porter Holiday Fl.

    February 25, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  21. Marie Mtl, Can.

    Oh no not again........
    Is anybody somewhere could tell him once for all that there is no curtains for his personnal computer even if he gots 'windows'..!!!!!!!!

    February 25, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  22. John Lundin in San Diego

    Ralph Nader says he’s running for president again as a third-party candidate. What effect will he have on the race?

    Nader has made a caricature of himself and he will be totally ignored this time – by both Republicans and Democrats. The only voter who is calling for him to run is named Ralph.

    February 25, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  23. Jennifer, NC

    No effect, I hope. It's not that I don't agree with his positions, but where was he at the begining of this thing? He wants to just jump in mid race and thinks everyone will change their minds? Go away! It's too late for me to have any faith in him. And he is a spoiler! I say damn anyone who hurt our chances of having Gore instead of Bush!

    February 25, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  24. Jeff in E. Lyme, CT

    Ralph Nader? The guy who (albeit unintentionaly) handed us 8 years of debt, lies, corruption, cronyism, international ill will & 4000 dead soldiers? Is he still alive? Who'll be his running mate? Ross Perot?

    February 25, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  25. MIchael "C" in Lorton, Virginia

    Ralph Nader is a fool. He is already condemned from past history.

    February 25, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  26. Karl in CA

    Ralph Nader is a bigger asset to the Republicans then Hillary Clinton. Ralphy needs to jump in his Corvair and drive off into the sunset. Hopefully, his last screwup will be remembered and he will get only his own vote. Only, Bloomberg could pull off a third party run this time.

    February 25, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  27. Ted in Portland OR

    Nader has never been anything more than a second rate statistician who dumps any figures that don't relate to him. I doubt Bill Schneider would even consider him for a job. Where's Lou Dobbs...he likes independents who stir the pot in the chicken coop.

    February 25, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  28. Thomas, Tallahassee FL

    Even though I don't like him, it would be nice if he had a major effect on the race; anything to get away from this two-party system. Then maybe a real third party candidate could win, like Wayne Allyn Root.

    February 25, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  29. earl illingsworth

    What Race? The only race he'll effect is driving around a "Go Cart Track" in his Corvair ! Earl from Provincetown,Mass.

    February 25, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  30. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    Ralph Nader is a washed-up old irrelevant has-been. He should stay wherever his humble abode is and not screw up another election. We are all going to be paying for the last two for decades to come.

    February 25, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  31. Donna

    He will put psychological thumbscrews to the three candidates and, perhaps having a stick poked in their cages will reveal to the American voters each candidate's true colors.

    Donna
    NYC

    February 25, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  32. Vinnie Vino

    Jack,
    Here we go again, Mr. Nader is like a bad cold that you can not shake off. After what he did 7 years ago to Al Gore the voters of this country have learned a lesson and will not support him like they did in the past, to help elect John McCain this time.

    C.I., New York

    February 25, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  33. Jeff in MD

    Ever been to a party and there is always that one person who just ruins it for everyone.

    Thanks Ralph!

    February 25, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  34. RRH

    I am embarrassed for him. As a consumer advocate he is extraordinary. It's sad to see this man who has done so much for consumers become a thorn in the side of every election. Yes, he has a right, but that doesn't mean he should. Very sad.

    February 25, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  35. Steve - Oak Creek, WI

    He will be nothing more than a minor blip on the politcal radar, a statistical outlier, and barely worth the footnote he may get in someone's book someday.

    February 25, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  36. Amnesty is Treason

    GO "RALPHY BOY" GO!

    February 25, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  37. Keith from Irving, Texas

    He's free to run, Jack just l;ike any other American. That said, his impact will zilch.

    February 25, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  38. Chris

    None. He is responsible for George W. Bush being chosen President and all the disgusting things done by that Administration.

    Thousand Oaks Ca

    February 25, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  39. Judy, Exeter, Ca

    He has a point. Too bad it's on top of his head!

    February 25, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  40. marcus mt.olive

    WHAT ARE THE LIBERALS WORRIED ABOUT?RALPH NADER IS JUST ANOTHER CHOICE;JUST NOT THEIR CHOICE;MAYBE ROSS PEROT CAN BE RALPH'S VEEP;

    February 25, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  41. char

    jack

    nader is someone that everyone dismisses but he's right. the media make him out to be a clown but the laughs on the media. his belief in universal healthcare, peace not war, corporate and government corruption, public financing etc... he is an american citizen that has done more for the common man than anyone running. he knows first hand how lopsided the courts are in this country and the probability of an average citizen getting justice is slim to none.

    nader will be able to articulate the nafta disaster and the failure of the democrats and republicans refusing to uphold the constitution since all the other candidates really don't want to go there since they're part of the problem. last campaign, the democrats took action to keep him from running in many states. with him in the race, the question can be raised on why the two major parties are afraid of democracy. if they aren't afraid of democracy, they shouldn't have a problem with nader running nor will they try to block his efforts.

    nader has my vote. run nader run!

    February 25, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  42. Alan

    Just go away Ralph. Haven't you caused enough damage these past 7 years?

    February 25, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  43. Jeff, West Palm Beach

    If we are to have the choice of a third candidate on the November ballot, please let it be someone worthy of the job. Nader has been there and we've done that. Whether Hillary or Barack get the nod from the Democrats, I firmly believe that either (or both as running mates?) will crush McCain in a landslide. Nader's just wasting his time and everyone else's.

    February 25, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  44. Richard Sternagel

    No effect whatsoever! Ralph Nader is a loser and another old man running for President!

    February 25, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  45. D. Casey Sebastopol, CA.

    While I can admire Mr. Nader for his stance in support of the environment and consumer safety, this is a sad, foolish step. His involvement cost Democrats the election in 2000... are we doomed to that again?

    Mr. Nader, please reconsider. A vote for you just to be against Clinton or Obama is a vote FOR McCain.

    February 25, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  46. MIKE ADKINS,CHARLOTTE,NC

    ralph nader has seen his better day and should pack up and go home. the only thing he can do is hurt the democratic party and avert any changes in washington that he squawks about. it's because of his stupidity that we have been stuck with bush since 2000.

    February 25, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  47. Chuck in Eugene Oregon

    Oh no not again. Although Ralph may be good for the country, he will never recived enough votes to bring him any where near the white house. As in the past he will be a viable alternative to those that can not make an intelligent decision (haha), or to those that are fed up with Dems and Reps., however that is all that will happen. He will mix up the pot, take a bunch of votes away from one or the other to such a degree as to maybe put the wrong one in office. Who knows how it will all balance out. Either way we as America will have to live with the next 4 years of his decision to run. If it is anyones time to truly drop out, it is Ralph Naders.

    February 25, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  48. Jerry

    All it tell me is that he is simply stupid. It is obvious that he has gotten dumber with old age. Jack the Ripper has gotten more vote then he has in his last three tries. He is almost as bad as the great decider when it comes to the American people saying no, they just can't accept the fact that people don't give a damn about them.

    February 25, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  49. Annie, Atlanta GA

    Hopefully not the same as in 2000. I hold him personally responsible for the destruction of our country over the last 7 plus years! He needs to get over himself.

    February 25, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  50. Sam Fairview, Texas

    None.

    February 25, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  51. judy francesco

    What is ralph nador thinking? This man is so over the hill even the dust can't find him! Why doesn't he just go quitely into the night and leave the country to the younger and the rational? Doesn't he have loved ones to tell him how foolish he looks?

    February 25, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  52. Rosalynd Rucker

    Ralph who? I think that about sums it up.

    Independent, Orlando FL.

    February 25, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  53. Dennis in Gwinn, MI

    Who?

    February 25, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  54. Bruce St Paul MN

    The bitterness of the 2000 Florida debacle has left a certain odor on Nader the Crusader. He will not draw many votes from either side. What he might do, if anyone will listen, is change the conversation. He is outspoken about the relationship between the government and corporate America. He will paint all politicians with the same brush, but it is more likely to stick to the incumbent party. Even though it may be the truth, it sounds like a wacky conspiracy theory. If he can convince people that there has been a trillion dollar corporate giveaway program going on since 1994, more power to him. In that case, it will be good to be the party of "change".

    February 25, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  55. ALECO NOKOMIS, FL

    LEW DOBS WILL SUPPORT HIM AND VOTE FOR HIM, AS FOR AS I KNOW, THATS THE ONLY VOTE HE WILL GET..

    February 25, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  56. Ben from D.C.

    Ralph Nader is a politician who takes advantage of the presidential campaign system for 15 minutes of fame. He's a disgrace to the American dream.

    February 25, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  57. Dariel

    Yes, he will have an effect. It will affect those of us that are sick and tired of the corporate Monarchy. We are silent, and we wait. Even Ross Perot was able be wake up 19% of this silent group. If you disagree with us, but you want change, then go the way of the sheep for the change that is offered by the two parties (business as usual).
    If a campaign is so weak that you would blame a candidate for stealing 3% of the vote, even if it was Jeb Bush’s' state, then you need to try to understand what motivates these millionaires, besides lust for power or good will towards man. MONEY?

    February 25, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  58. Ken - Florida

    As long as people vote for a candidate because the candidate is a woman or a man, black or white, religious beliefs, or any other stupid reason, Nader's choice to run for President of the United States will not make any difference.

    Also, too many people blame him for Bush winning in 2000. All of the people that voted for Bush in 2000 for whatever reason are responsible for his election, not the voters that voted against Bush..

    February 25, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  59. Imad

    Jack,
    He won't have a huge effect this election. He'll have 3% of the vote max, and I think it's safe to say that in this election Mccain will be losing by more than that.

    Lexington,
    Kentucky

    February 25, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  60. Greg

    Won't have any effect on my vote. I'll write in Ron Paul no matter what. One has to listen to their conscience. I'd rather sleep at night knowing I did what I think is right, than vote for one of the canned media darlings.

    Nader has to do what he thinks is right as well. It really isn't his fault Bush won in 2000; the fault lies with sheeple that cast their ballots for a...

    Well, if you have nothing good to say about someone, say nothing at all.

    Cheers

    February 25, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  61. rjb

    Third party you say. Who else is on his ticket? Is he a party of one? Where has he been up to now? No money Barf I meen Ralf for your run for office. You make everyone in the country look stupid just because you stick yourself in there again just to see if you can repeat 2000.Get some Prozac it may help

    February 25, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  62. farid shakur

    Mr Nadar will affect the race in a positive way because he knows so much about consumer & corporate issues that he will help clear the path for the democratic candidates to be exposed more than they are & Mr Obama will be seen in a better light than he is although he's quite bright already

    February 25, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  63. Doug Pierson Tohatchi, NM

    Nadar has become an old disreputable trouble maker with nothing to account for his actions beside an inflated ego. It is really sad too. At one time I had the greatest respect for him. In some ways he reminds me of Bill Clinton, someone who just cannot let go. Of course the other possibility that I don't care to think of is that he is closet Republican or is in some Republican's hip pocket. All he can do is just spoil things and the issues he keeps saying that he is for will never come to pass. What a pity some old men become!

    February 25, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  64. Concerned

    If Hillary is the nominee he will effect the race as independents may vote for him. If Obama wins I believe he (Obama) will hold the independents.

    Nader has done some great things, but this is not one of them.

    February 25, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  65. Sharon

    Prior to moving to a state that doesn't require you to state your political party, I was an independent for about 20 years, and never really paid that much attention during the primaries. This year, I've been glued to the blogs and the election coverage (it's amazing how motivating 8 years of a Bush adminstration can be). During this time, I've noticed that fringe candidates, such as Ron Paul and Ralph Nader are less restricted in their comments than those candidates that actually have a chance of winning. This freedom allows them to bring up issues, problems and potential solutions the front runners wouldn't dare touch. If anything, they bring great value to our electoral process. I mean, wasn't it just priceless to see Ron Paul bring some reality to the Republican debates? I think Ralph Nader could do the same for the Democrats, although if it becomes a tight race in the end, I would hope he would tell his supporters to back the Democratic candidate. Actually, I doubt he will have that many supporters this time around, and feel his true impact will be in raising issues which would otherwise not be addressed.

    Trafalgar, IN

    February 25, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  66. Luswei

    It's also time for Hillary to show her tax returns and list of donors as required of all presidential candidates. Why show much favoritism to Hillary?

    February 25, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  67. Deborah-Grant, Michigan

    he will not do squat except give comedians lots of new material

    February 25, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  68. Mike

    Jack, it sickens me to see Nader once again sticking his nose into an election process which he claims ignores his issues. Where has he been the past 8 years? Not once have I seen him protesting in front of the White House or appearing on the Hill to advocate his issues. This is about ego and your organization is feeding his "habit" by giving him this attention he wants. If it hurts anyone, its once again the Democrats. I could just hang myself.

    February 25, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  69. Jeff from MO

    Hillary Clintons refusal to withdraw from the race is sickening and discouraging. Time and Time again we have seen Mrs Clinton and her husband making unfortunate and just plain stupid comments. if she ever wants to hold office again and ever be taken seriously, she should drop out now before she commits political suicide. It is quite obvious the American people have spoken loudly for change, and just once, maybe the The Clintons should listen!!!!!!!!!

    February 25, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  70. Felicia

    Of course she shouldn't drop it. She should fight to the very end with every drop of energy and every penny she can muster. The press is finally beginning to see the cracks in Mr. Obama, the fraudulant bubble of air. My only fear is that it will be too late and that he will, in fact, win the nomination and that McCain will win the election. I, for one, along with all of my friends and family, will vote for the Reublican candidate, for the first time in our loves.

    I, of course, do not expect you to post this on your program as all of your posts are pro-Obama and anti-Hillary. You are shameful in your pro-Obama bias. This country does not need a phenomenon, we need a well-prepared person to get us out of all the trouble the Bushies have gotten us into. The only person who can do that is Hillary; if not, McCain.

    February 25, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  71. lpmirees

    What is Novak smoking? The Clinton haters should butt out and allow the lady to continue on her journey. she is positive, educated and experienced. ... Many crucial games are won in the last .10th of a second... so It's not over until its' over... Novak needs a face lift he is old and tired looking go away....grim reaper..

    February 25, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  72. Diane

    Nader should run for home and stay there. He couldn't get enough votes to put him on a ballot for dogcatcher. Why doesn't he just give it up? A vote for him isn't even equal to none of the above. Go home, Ralph.

    Barneveld, NY

    February 25, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  73. Tobey / Laconia, NH

    Nader is a jerk!!! If you don't agree with him he goes on attack mode just like someone else we know.

    February 25, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  74. onenibble

    Jack, Ralph Nader has the same right to run for president as Obama or John McCain. He could have a big effect on the election by drawing votes from the democrats if Hillary loses. This is what the election process is all about, the voice of the people. It is hard to hear over the spin of the news media.

    February 25, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  75. Ronald Leger

    I don't think that he will have much effect on this year's election.

    February 25, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  76. California Independent

    I hope enough to keep Obama out of the White House.

    McCain '08

    February 25, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  77. Burt, Sun Lakes, AZ

    I hope he has an effect just as he did in 2000 for the simple reason that it just might wake up the Democratic party's political hacks that have gotten away from being the everyday peoples party of 60 years ago to the corporate lackys they are today. The American people want Washington politics to change for the will of the people instead of the will of the corporations.

    February 25, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  78. Peter Buchy

    Jack,

    How is Ralph Nader even a third-party candidate? He talked a lot today about how third parties have influenced things, but despite him talking up the Green Party, he's not a contender for their nominee.

    If Ralph Nader really wants change, perhaps he should spend time doing something other than running for president. John Edwards has at least spent the past few years really working on poverty issues. Instead, he'll complain and talk about stolen elections.

    So, with the addition of Nader, we now have three candidates who seem to be selectively living in the past – Clinton, McCain, and Nader.

    February 25, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  79. Teresa

    Ralph Nader will open up some discussion about the Corporate power that dominates our politics. He will raise issues, and add a dialog that is always missing from the two major parties. He is absolutely correct that we need a third party revolution as I believe the American people have it figured out that the two-party system isn't working for us. We do need some kind of a third-party revolution and I believe it is coming. We love Ralph Nader - he has done so much for the American people. GO RALPH GO!!!!!!!!!

    February 25, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  80. Mary Kish

    Nader needs a mental exam...he still hasn't figured out he can't win, he is probably getting paid by the Republicans to disrupt the Democratic ticket...

    February 25, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  81. Joe Patil

    Hillary should continue fighting the primaries as she is a more qualified candidate than Obama. She will be good for the USA. We already had one inexperienced president Bush, who messed up the foreign policies of the USA. We don't need another one to mess up it up again.

    February 25, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  82. Mary Dyer (DaMare)

    I hope all voters have been immunized to Ralph by now. Can there be any denying the sickening feeling that we're observing a nutcase in action here?

    February 25, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  83. Carol Williams

    I am so tired of Nader and his foolishness. I would like to know what he has to gain by doing his routine every four years....he is simply a spoiler.....I am just sick of him and his attention seeking dance..
    Why doesn't he get it..???? Carol Williams St Louis Mo 63116

    February 25, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  84. Luke

    Say Jack,
    Maybe Ron Paul should run libertarian, pull votes from the right, and cancel out the Nader effect. With the diversity of political views being heard and expressed, boy, it almost seems like we're living in a democracy!

    February 25, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  85. Charlie

    He is a waste of time and I can't wait to tune him out once he starts his rambling.

    February 25, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  86. California Voter

    I'm hoping he will challenge both all candidates currently running. In particular, I want to hear more about Obama - not his speeches - I know all the punch lines of those - but where he stands foreign aid, where should our dollars go why. He has been cuddled by the press and I'm believe we better find out sooner than later if he has the same thoughts his wife has regarding America.

    February 25, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  87. Richard, Washington State

    What effect will he have on the race?

    Mr. Nader should take a lesson from Al Gore.
    Being a statesman, he could make a ton of money and effect politcal change. He seems to be more of an anarchist then a consumer protection, anti-corporate, environmental advocate. He is what he detests, part of the problem.

    Running for president, he doesn't stand a chance.
    Sure he'll take 1 million disinfranchised voters who wanted Ron Paul but in the end, he doesn't effect the country or the issues he claims to care so much about.

    February 25, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  88. Jennifer Collins

    Ralph Nader needs to have his ego massaged. Anyone who sends his campaign money needs to have their heads examined.

    February 25, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  89. Patricia

    I don't think America needs another "stealth" candidate. Ron Paul was the stealth candidate for this election cycle & he wasn't given enough air time to get his message across. Ralph Nader won't win enough of the vote & frankly the Democrats have 2 candidates are better than John McCain. So I think Mr. Nader's time has passed.
    Patricia
    Palmdale, Ca.

    February 25, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  90. Kimberly

    Who?

    February 25, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  91. Bert, Iowa City

    Ralph Nader will never get enough votes to win the presidency, no third party candidate can. And in a close election he could easily spoil Obama's chance of winning. Progressives love to hate him for that.
    But he does represent many of the right policy choices for our country, even perhaps more so than Obama. Maybe we need an Obama, Nader ticket to unite the progressives in a unified force.

    February 25, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  92. Spike

    Nader just needs another 15 minuts of fame.The republicans will gladly pay for it.His hypoctisy almost borders on criminal

    February 25, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  93. Brian From Fort Mill, S.C.

    Ralph Nader won't do jack. You've heard of a lame duck president? Well, Nader is a lame duck candidate.

    Obama will beat Hillary March 4, and then McCain in November. He should change is theme music to "U Can't Touch This", by M.C. Hammer.

    February 25, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  94. George Wilson

    The only thing that Nader will get out of this race is a political button with his picture on it.

    February 25, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  95. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Jack, if Nader believes that the American people are disenchanted over Iraq, maybe he should try this on for size and sleep well at night. He is responsible for all of the American soldiers and all of the innocent people killed in Iraq. In the words of Ron Paul, "Just think about it?" If he had not run in 2000, we would not be in Iraq today, maybe Osama would have been captured and our economy would not be in the pit that it is today. Glad your back.

    February 25, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  96. Ronn (Barrie,Ontario ,Canada)

    Jack,
    For a really effective 3rd Party, get retired General Colin Powell involved!! there is a man that earns respect & a proper choice for America!!

    February 25, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  97. James in Kamiah

    Dear Jack,
    I don't think Ralph Nader has got a snowballs chance in hell of affecting anything one way or the other. In past runs he's had something important to say that the people could relate to and in some small fraction get behind, but this campaign season has people on both sides already acknowledging he made some good points in some areas and they're already addressing them.

    Good luck fundraising though since we've already given.

    February 25, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  98. robert beldo

    I think Hillary Clinton should rethink her stance, she's acting very emotional when it comes to certain situation. What's she going to do when it comes to world leaders who may not see things her way, start crying or stop speaking to other leaders. That what I see from her with this campaign.

    February 25, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  99. Joe Patil

    Nader is dreaming in his fools paradise. Before standing for elections he should first form a new political party in the USA. Just standing as an independent he is helping the republican party. Jack do you think he may be a "closet republican"?

    February 25, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  100. Jane G

    Jack,

    When I was a young housewife and mother, Ralph Nader was one of my heros. He stood up for all average American consumers and gave us hope that someone was watching the maniacs.

    Today I am saddened by the sorry sight I saw on TV. He is a pathetic old man trying to prove that he's still important to the future of the planet. If he has any effect on the upcoming election, "shame on him", but I seriously doubt he'd make a ripple. What an unfortunate ending for such a powerful young man.

    Jane
    Lakeland, FL

    February 25, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  101. Maria Kim

    Ralph is an egotistical putz. He is out to destabilize the process again!

    February 25, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  102. James Tulgan

    You can blame Mr. Nader for being the spoiler in 2000 and thank him for putting "W" in office. Because of that thankfully he's become to insignificant and pathetic to be a spoiler in 2008!

    February 25, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  103. josh-olathe,ks

    he is a traitor and a spoiler! why cant he support either candidates for the good of the country.already he knows he is not gonna win.he is selfish.he need to quit!!

    February 25, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  104. Alan-Buxton, Maine

    Jack, I'm with the guy that wants Lou Dobbs for president and you for VP but as far as Nader goes, he will have so little effect on the election that it will be negligible. Everyone is sick of his nonsense by now and he will only get the vote of those who are tired of both parties. When I stop to think about that I wonder if he might not do rather well after all!

    February 25, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  105. Ray Kinserlow

    Nader will have little effect on the November election. Obama is going to take that pro-war curmudgeon McCain to the woodshed and thrash him.

    Ray Kinserlow
    Lubbock, Texas

    February 25, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  106. Adrienne M

    Help! I'm stuck in a time warp. I'm not? What year is this? It's 2008 and Naders running... AGAIN?

    Pardon me while I ralph.

    Adrienne M
    New York

    February 25, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  107. Lisa K. from Shelton, CT

    I can appreciate Nader's persistent (even if unwelcome) entries into the presidential frays; he can help to raise important issues and challenge each candidate on their positions and plans. But, I sincerely hope that Nader participates in the campaigning to make his points, and then gracefully drops out before the actual voting. If this election becomes closer than we Democrats would like, I would hope that Nader would not cause a repeat of his disastrous Election 2000 influence.

    February 25, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  108. independent

    People stop this madness! As an independent I will never vote for Obama or Nader.

    For the record to all the Obamanites, who have forgotten how Obama's wife has never been proud of being an American, I am married to one of the very proud and brave Americans that helped at ground zero. I will never help put this woman in the White House! Her comments offended me deeply! I cannot believe how the fair minded media has allowed this offensive comment to get a pass. Shame on all of you!

    February 25, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  109. Michael Crowley

    Unless the major party race is close, Raph Nader will have exactly NO effect on the 2008 election or the debate of the major parties leading up to it. The only effect his third party candidacy could possibly have is to get John McCain elected if the major party race is close in a couple key states.

    Ralph Nader may have gotten only 0.3% of the vote in 2004, but that would be enough to see of repeat of the Nader Florida fiasco that got us eight years of the worst Presidency in history and the worst government money can buy. Is Ralph Nader's ego so inflated he is willing to take a chance on doing it again for another four years?

    Michael Crowley
    San Diego, CA

    February 25, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  110. Luie Miami, Fl.

    Jack, Not this time, I'm starting to believe Nader's on the republican payroll because he takes democratic votes away but this time there is a guy named Bloomberg, who has not decided yet, and I really hope he does because he's not $200B's strong being a dummy and when he runs, he will find the best people to handle the worst parts of this country. All three candidates have already plagiarized him and I truly believe this is the only guy who can put us back on top, TOP OF THE WORLD! RUN BLOOMBERG, RUN!

    A hispanic voter from Florida

    February 25, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  111. Cameron

    I don;t know why he keeps running. He think he will only impede Clinton or Obama in the general and prevent the Democrats from winning.

    February 25, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  112. BOB LILLIE

    I believe Ralph Nader and George Bush have one thing in common. Neither one of them is man enough to accept the responsibility to admit the evil they are responsible for. Both of them have caused thousands of American soldiers to die or be wounded and perhaps a million of Iraq’s to be killed. Bush by lying us into a phony war and Nader, because of his egotism, causing Al Gore to lose a close election that allowed an ignorant cowboy to become president.

    February 25, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  113. Joan M. Spencer

    Nader was a real champion of the people when he wrote "Unsafe At Any Speed". That was 40 years ago. Over the past 20 years he has been in a desperate struggle to be a go to person for ideas for every administration of both parties. He is now relegated to the post of the most disgruntled old man in the country. Someone should show him to the home and leave his rantings on the cutting room floor.

    February 25, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  114. Allan,Cameron Park, Ca.

    His running again will again achieve the result he claims he is running to prevent.
    Because of him look what we got the last 7 years.
    He is only a pimp for the trial lawyers, just look who contribute to him.

    February 25, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  115. Jeffrey from Montverde, Fl

    Other than kill a few more trees and contribute to the excess pollution and gases that the Green Party stands for.

    February 25, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  116. Jay, Niagara Falls, Ont

    His effect will be to screw the Dems out of power again. Either he is an idiot by thinking he can win, or is a very smart guy who gets a secret thank-you check from the GOP every four years.

    February 25, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  117. Ruthie, Stone Mountain GA

    Most people spend their retirement traveling. Ralph Nader is spending his retirement running for President. He is hopless.

    February 25, 2008 at 4:41 pm |