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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-25-04 05:11 AM
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Nader tells worried Democrats to lighten up
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Nader tells worried Democrats to lighten up
Maverick says his candidacy is aimed squarely at Bush

Marc Sandalow, Washington Bureau Chief
Tuesday, February 24, 2004

Washington -- Ralph Nader had a message Monday for Democratic Party leaders and the liberal intelligentsia that is up in arms over his candidacy.

"Relax and rejoice," Nader said as he gave a full airing to his reasons for another run for the presidency. "Rejoice that you have another front carrying the ancient but unfulfilled pretensions and aspirations of the Democratic Party.''

Four years after Nader told Americans that a vote for Al Gore was no better than a vote for George W. Bush, won almost 2.9 million votes, and -- according to many analysts -- drew just enough support from the Democrats to deprive them of the White House, there was no evidence of relaxing or rejoicing. Democratic reaction ranged from disbelief to annoyance to fury.

Yet even as Nader railed against "corporatism" and the "two-party duopoly, " there was widespread agreement about one aspect of his quixotic drive for the presidency: The consumer advocate does not pose the threat to Democrats in 2004 that he did in 2000.
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