Ralph Nader announces candidacy for President on Meet the Press. Collective groan heard around the world.
Ralph, really. You’re killing me over here.
The consumer rights activist announced on NBC television’s Meet the Press that he was launching a third-party campaign for the White House because voters were disenchanted with the Democratic and Republican parties.
…In 2000, in the tightest presidential race in American history, Mr Nader ruthlessly targeted the liberal activist wing of the Democratic Party, picking up votes from disillusioned environmentalists, opponents of globalisation and radical feminists.
In all, Mr Nader gained 2.78 million votes in a contest that was eventually won by a margin of 537 votes.
In Florida, where a controversial recount gripped the attention of the world, 97,488 votes were punched in his favour.
The trauma of Mr Gore’s defeat in 2000 led to the creation of a “Repentant Nader voter” website, on which disconsolate Democrats confessed to voting for a candidate who had no chance of winning.
While Democrats have never forgiven him for splitting the liberal vote, Mr Nader refused to accept that his candidacy may have handed the presidency to George W Bush. Source: www.telegraph.co.uk