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Friday, June 27, 2003


Nader might run as a Republican

posted by Aziz P. at Friday, June 27, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
It is critical that Dean makes the case to supporters of Nader and the Green party. Only united can the common agenda be achieved - and the bitterness must be left behind. Dean's performance in the MoveOn primary has demonstrated his broad appeal, but there is a lot of work yet to be done.

Complicating matters is Nader himself, who has been notoriously coy about his plans for 2004:

For 2004, a second Green Party presidential candidacy may be in the works.

"It's too early to say," commented Nader.

Green party official John Strawn confirmed that Nader is among several potential candidates for the next election.

"Many folks are actively promoting particular candidates, Ralph being one of them," he said.

Nader says that if the Greens reject him, he might choose to run as an independent, or possibly even as a Republican, which would pit him against George W. Bush in the primary.

It's a measure of Nader's detachment from reality that he would even consider running as a Republican - and proof that it's the campaign, not the policy, he seeks to influence. The best scenario is that the Greens endorse Dean. So, make the case - how do we convince a Green that Dean and not Nader is their man on the issues? Comments from actual Greens - both supporting and against Dean - are especially welcome. Let the dialouge begin.


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