Ralph Nader apparently isn’t going to be a spoiler again this year–at least not as a Green.
Ralph Nader, the third-party candidate viewed by many Democrats as the spoiler of the 2000 election for taking votes away from Al Gore, has decided not to run on the Green Party ticket next year, a party spokesman said Tuesday.
Nader, who garnered nearly 3 percent of the national vote in the last presidential election, has not ruled out running for president as an independent and plans to make a decision by January.
“I think we’re all a little bit disappointed,” said Scott McLarty, a Green Party spokesman. “I suspect Mr. Nader would have gotten the nomination.”
Nader called party officials Monday to inform them of his decision, said Ben Manski, a Green Party co-chairman and spokesman. Nader’s reasons were not clear, Manski said.
Interesting. While I’d like to have Nader in the race as a cushion to help President Bush get re-elected, having a pure two-man race is preferable systemically. What I don’t quite get is why Nader would decide not to run as a Green but not close the door on running, period.