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Sunday, February 24, 2008

Always a Bridesmaid: Nader announces new bid for White House

With Ralph Nader's announcement, Ron Paul is sweating it out. So is Michael Bloomberg. Mike Gravel too. John McCain has safely virtually locked up the Republicans, and Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are chasing down remnant dibs on the Democrats.

The only loser here is Mike Huckabee. He looks like a contender, but is realistically, at this point, in the Ralph Nader group.

Nader will be blogged about, and so his ideas will be heard. Huckabee has said what he's going to say, so any new speech, barring a miraculous comeback, will go to the wind.

This is Nader's week. Supporters of independents and quasi- independents like Paul may shift and so they too will be debated in blogland, but Huckabee's not talking to independents, and is unelected man walking.


By HOPE YEN, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON - Ralph Nader said Sunday he will run for president as a third-party candidate, criticizing the top White House contenders as too close to big business and pledging to repeat a bid that will "shift the power from the few to the many."

Nader, 73, said most people are disenchanted with the Democratic and Republican parties due to a prolonged Iraq war and a shaky economy. The consumer advocate also blamed tax and other corporate-friendly policies under the Bush administration that he said have left many lower- and middle-class people in debt.

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