Ralph Nader

[UPDATE: Yep, Nader is officially in.]

Ralph Nader is set to appear on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday (as David noted), and that has tongues wagging. Might he use the occasion to announce that he’s jumping into the presidential race?

As you already know, he ran in 2000, garnering 2.74 percent of the popular vote as the Green Party nominee. As you might not know, he also ran in 2004, then getting only 0.38 percent of the vote.

This year, Nader’s already got an exploratory committee and corresponding website, sprinkled with good old-fashioned corporate bashing and establishment whacking:

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Maybe the Democrats and Republicans will nominate presidential candidates this year who will stand up against the war profiteers, the nuclear industry, the credit card industry, the corporate criminals, big oil, and the drug and health insurance industries.

We doubt it.

“The Nader Team” sent an email message to supporters today announcing the “Meet the Press” appearance, which read in part:

As you know, we’ve been exploring the possibilities in recent weeks.

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And here’s one question that keeps coming up:

What’s been pulled off the table by the corporatized political machines in this momentous election year?

Answer: Cutting the huge, bloated and wasteful military budget, adopting a single payer Canadian-style national health insurance system, impeaching Bush/Cheney, opposing nuclear power — among many others.

The environment has never been an animating passion for Nader (beyond his long-time anti-nuke stance), but his anti-corporate zealousness dovetails with many environmentalists’ views.

What do you think: Should Ralph run?

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