August 28, 2004 |
If Sen. John F. Kerry thinks he's having a tough time fending off attacks on his military record, he ought to consider the plight of independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader. The well-known consumer advocate, who Democrats fear will again siphon critical votes from their nominee, faces court challenges in more than a dozen states. He's struggling to get on other state ballots, and the college students and Hollywood celebrities who once lavished praise want nothing to do with him.
August 21, 2004 |
Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader suffered setbacks this week as election officials in Virginia, Maryland, Illinois and Missouri denied him access to state ballots this fall. In each case, officials said Nader campaign workers either did not submit enough valid signatures on ballot petitions or failed to follow proper procedures.
August 12, 2004 |
The Green Party of California has rejected a request from Ralph Nader to hold a special nominating convention that would have given him another shot at appearing on the state's ballot as a presidential candidate. Nader fell far short last week of submitting the 153,035 signatures required for him to make the California ballot as an independent presidential contender.
August 10, 2004
Last week, Ralph Nader did not accumulate the necessary signatures to get on the ballot in California. I would like to believe that this is because Californians realized that Nader's presence in this close and critical race would be as a spoiler out for self-edification rather than a noble advocate. Now the Nader camp is contemplating legal action. This illustrates Nader's refusal to accept the reality of the clear message the voting public sent him when he could not get the signatures necessary.
August 9, 2004
Re "Democratic Party Should Live Up to Its Name," Commentary, Aug 6: Ralph Nader accuses the Democratic Party of skulduggery in its attempts to keep him off the ballot. What he refuses to acknowledge is that the only consequence of his candidacy will be to improve President Bush's chances. When asked what the country would be like if Bush were to win, he avoids an answer by reciting his perceived shortcomings of the Democratic Party. He claims to favor the president's defeat, but he does not honestly own up to the fact that Bush's victory would be worse than Kerry's.
August 8, 2004 |
Ralph Nader failed to gather enough signatures to make the ballot in California as an independent presidential candidate, but his campaign said Saturday that it would keep trying to get his name before the state's voters in November. State election officials said Nader fell far short of the 153,035 signatures needed by Friday's deadline. The consumer activist submitted 82,923 with 56 of the state's 58 counties reporting, said Lauren Hersh, a spokeswoman for the secretary of state's office.
July 20, 2004 |
In an about-face, Ralph Nader decided Monday to accept thousands of petition signatures collected by Michigan Republicans if that was the only way he could qualify for the state's presidential ballot. On Thursday, Michigan Republican Party officials submitted 43,000 signatures -- far more than the 30,000 needed -- to ensure Nader could appear on the ballot as an independent.
July 16, 2004 |
If many Democrats speak of independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader as a fallen angel of the left, Nader talks about the Democratic Party much the same way he does the Republican Party -- except he reserves most of his vitriol for the Democrats. "This is a decadent, decayed party" that behaves like "a dictator," Nader said in an interview Thursday.
July 10, 2004 |
Howard Dean argued, flattered, cajoled -- to no avail. In a lively radio debate Friday, the former Democratic presidential candidate tried to get Ralph Nader to abandon his long-shot White House bid. Nader, the man Democrats blame for President Bush's election, vowed to continue his independent campaign. "Ralph, I think you're being disingenuous about your candidacy this year, and let me tell you why," Dean began.
July 9, 2004 |
Michigan Republicans are helping to gather signatures to place independent Ralph Nader on the presidential ballot in the battleground state, irritating Democrats who accuse the GOP of trying to pull votes away from candidate John F. Kerry. "It's another example of state Republicans willing to try every unethical trick in the book to hold power," state Democratic Party Executive Chairman Mark Brewer said Thursday. "This clearly shows that a vote for Ralph Nader is a vote to reelect George Bush.