Ralph Nader announced his entry into the presidential race as an Independent Sunday, saying it’s time for a “Jeffersonian revolution.”
Nader said Thomas Jefferson believed that “when you lose your government, you’ve got to go into the electoral arena.”
He told NBC that great changes in U.S. history have come “through little parties that never won any national election.”
Despite Nader’s optimism, CNN reported that other nominees see his move as unfortunate. Some reports attribute Al Gore’s loss in the 2000 election to Nader “stealing” votes that would have otherwise gone to the Democratic candidate.
Current Democrats fear the same thing will happen in this year’s election.
Sen. Hilary Clinton said, “I remember when he ran before. It didn’t turn out very well for anybody – especially our.”
Reports have said that Nader disputes the idea that he tried to play the role of a spoiler in former presidential elections, but Republicans expect his entry to hurt Democrats.
“His bid to enter the race will definitely pull votes away from the Democrats and not the Republicans, so naturally, Republicans would welcome his entry into the race,” said GOP contender Mike Huckabee.
The remarks have already stirred up criticism from other candidates, and it won’t be long until the battles become even greater.
This presidential race is getting heated and now with Nader’s bid, we can sit back and see how much ruckus he causes.
Dexter Johnson for the Editorial Board.