Nader to Make Another White House Run in 2004
Sunday, February 22, 2004; 9:41 AM
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ralph Nader, whose third-party White
House bid in 2000 was blamed by some Democrats for helping
elect President Bush, said on Sunday he will try again this
year, running as an independent.
Ignoring the pleas of Democrats who have asked him to stay
out of the race, the veteran consumer advocate said he was
running out of a strong desire to evict Bush from the White
"I've decided to run as an independent candidate for
president," he said on NBC's "Meet the Press."
Nader's Green Party bid picked up nearly 2.9 million votes
in 2000 and was blamed for siphoning support from Democrat Al
Gore -- particularly in Florida, where Nader won 97,488 votes
and Gore's loss by a bitterly contested 537 votes cost him the
Nader started an exploratory committee late last year to
raise money for a presidential run. He had ruled out another
bid for the Green Party, which was split on his candidacy and
will not pick its nominee until this summer.
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