WASHINGTON – Consumer activist Ralph Nader launched an independent campaign for the White House on Sunday, criticizing the Republican and Democratic candidates for not addressing issues “that are supported by a majority of the American people.”
“You go from Iraq to Palestine/Israel, from Enron to Wall Street, from Katrina to the bungling of the Bush administration, to the complicity of the Democrats in not stopping him on the war, stopping him on the tax cuts, getting a decent energy bill through – and you have to ask yourself, as a citizen, should we elaborate the issues that the two (parties) are not talking about?” he told NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
“In that context, I have decided to run for president.”
This is Nader’s fifth try for the presidency. His greatest success came in 2000 as the Green Party candidate, winning more than 2.8 million votes.