Ralph Nader working to have group of progressive Democrats challenge Obama in primaries


Nader told POLITICO on Wednesday that he is working on bringing together about half a dozen presidential candidates who could “dramatically expand a robust discussion within the Democratic Party and among progressive voters across the country.” Each would focus on a specific issue where the far left says Obama hasn’t done enough, including the environment, labor and health care…

If there was a group of people from the president’s own party geared up to debate him in Iowa and New Hampshire, “it is harder for him to say no,” Nader said. “His strategists can say, ‘Don’t fight it, Barack; use it, revel in it; you’re good on your feet…”

The ideal candidates, he said, would be people who have a history of progressive positions and who have specific knowledge or credibility in a certain policy area.

But Nader, a registered independent, wouldn’t be one of them, he said, since all the candidates would be dedicated Democrats who could benefit from party infrastructure. “This isn’t like a third-party or independent candidacy,” he said…

“I’d never vote for him,” he said. “I will never vote for anybody who has a terrible record like that, who’s done what he’s done for Wall Street and turned his back on the people who need him.”

So, who will Nader vote for? A candidate from the Green Party or another progressive group.

13 thoughts on “Ralph Nader working to have group of progressive Democrats challenge Obama in primaries

  1. HumbleTravis

    IPR readers might be interested to know that Robert Milnes does believe that he can challenge Barack Obama in the Democratic Party primary. He is also “considering challenging the president to a Teddy Roosevelt style supervised boxing match”.

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  2. Derek

    I think this could be Milnes’ chance to shine! If you’re reading my comment Robert, I’d like to ask you if you’ve contacted Ralph Nader for this idea!

    Think about it. Become a Democrat in the primaries, with your final goal being the PLAS candidate in Nov 2012! Plus, you’d be given free debate exposure and cash!

  3. Upstartgreen

    Progressives should run in both the Dem and Rep primaries against the established politicians. Meanwhile other progressives should run as Greens and independents so we have someone to vote for if the progressives running in the Republicrat primaries lose.

  4. rloy

    Nice to see some fellow Greens on here! Can’t believe how many dupes will continue to vote Democrat no matter how militarized and authoritarian they become.

  5. Eddie

    Ahh, I was beginning to think this place was only Libertarians. Where are you guys located?

  6. Robert Milnes

    @4 I have tried to contact Nader. I have never head from Nader.
    There seems to be a filtering effect that only recognized people can contact each other. So I, being a nobody-despite a lot of good ideas, cannot get through to many people.
    Mary Ruwart emailed me that she was cutting me off.

  7. Robert Milnes

    cont. But KK politely corresponded. Kubby replied-in the negative but politely. Richard Winger-what can I say other than St. Richard. But the bigger the fish the less chance I seem to have to get through-at all.
    The remedy to this is support! The more support I get, the bigger fish I become.

  8. Don Lake, FYI, not necessarily a unilateral endorsement

    Top Ten Answers To Excuses For Obama’s Betrayals and Failures

    by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    Early this month, panelists on MSNBC’s corporate “Black Agenda” show agreed that black dissatisfaction, disappointment and disaffection with the Obama administration was growing.

    Looking for answers to the flood of excuses offered for the betrayals and failures of the Obama presidency. We offer our gentle readers this handy list of ten of the most frequently encountered excuses for the misfeasance, malfeasance, non-feasance and disappointments of the Obama presidency.


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