“I have decided to run for president,” Ralph Nader declared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday morning, after listing a litany of problems in America and citing polls that have found citizen discontent with the direction of the country and with both main political parties. Washington, D.C. is “corporate-occupied territory,” he said, and he accused Barack Obama of leaning “toward the corporate side.” He also had harsh words for Hillary Clinton, and harsher still for John McCain. Nader’s campaign website promises to fight “corporate greed, corporate power, corporate control,” citing among other scourges polluters, agribusiness giants, nuclear power, and Big Oil. Also on his site, he calls for a carbon tax, which the other remaining presidential candidates do not support, and he declares, “No to nuclear power, solar energy first.” Do you think Nader should run? Take our poll.
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