Ralph Nader Wants Mike Bloomberg to Run for President

110824822 e1318357012436 Ralph Nader Wants Mike Bloomberg to Run for President
Ralph Nader (Getty)

Former Green Party candidate Ralph Nader wants Mike Bloomberg to jump into this year’s Presidential race, because he believes New York City’s billionaire Mayor is the ideal person to take on “the establishment” and “the corporate state.”

Mr. Nader made his comments about the Mayor in a new video posted on Politico today. His call to draft Mayor Bloomberg isn’t so much an endorsement as it is a desire to see a third party candidate emerge in this year’s race.

“The two parties tend to get stuck in their ways and indentured to the same commercial interests. … I think every election should have third party, fourth party, independent candidates. … Because, first of all, both parties are not talking about corporate crime and what it does to consumers,” Mr. Nader said.

So why does Mr. Nader think Mayor Bloomberg is the right person to take on the corporate establishment? Well, basically because Mayor Bloomberg runs a major media corporation and has lots of money:

“In area after area, you know, whether it’s consumer fairness, single payer health insurance, full medicare for all, for example, cracking down on corporate crime, a really new kind of tax system, the two parties are too hooked into the establishment, the corporate state that they can’t change. And so, if you ever put that agenda out in front of people it would be spectacular, especially if the candidate had enough money to reach those people. … Let’s say a Bloomberg runs, it would be a three way race in every sense of the term, because he could write a check for $500 million.”

Mayor Bloomberg isn’t the only person Mr. Nader wants in the race. He rattled off a list of other potential candidates he’d like to see run for President:

“I’d almost like to see anybody run, just to give the voters more choices. I’d like to see Bloomberg run, I’d like to see Jim Hightower run. I’d like to see Bill McKibben run, I’d like to see the champion of single payer, Dr. Quentin Young, run … I’d like to see Ron Paul, or someone who is a libertarian Tea Party type run, because the Tea Party in a way reflected the conservative wing of the Republican Party that have been disrespected by the corporate wing.”

Perhaps someone should tell Mr. Nader that Ron Paul is indeed already running for President as a Republican.

Though he’s eager to see a third party candidate run for President, there is one person Mr. Nader definitely doesn’t want on the campaign trail–Ralph Nader.

“I’ve done my alternative offerings in 2000, 2004 and 2008. … It’s time for someone else to step up,” Mr. Nader said.

Watch the full video of Mr. Nader’s interview below:



25 thoughts on “Ralph Nader Wants Mike Bloomberg to Run for President

      1. People have to get smarter and more disciplined about politics.  It’s not entertainment.  It’s about power in our society.  We don’t need lots of candidates – we need one who represents our real interests.

  1. Hahaha! This is a joke, right? Killer Nader quote: “Let’s say a Bloomberg runs, it would be a three way race in every sense
    of the term, because he could write a check for $500 million.”  really?  This is soooo profound, or perhaps with Nader like with others, it’s all about the Bejamins.

  2. Let’s see:  Ralph took GOP money in 2000 to stop Gore.  He’s been promoting a primary challenge to Obama for over a year.  Last month he voiced admiration of Palin’s intelligence.   And now he wants Bloomberg to throw himself and his millions into the race.  What ever could Nader’s motives for all this be? 

      1. “Nader was raised in the He has never married. Karen Croft, a writer who worked for Nader in the late 1970s at the Center for Study of Responsive Law, once asked him if he had ever considered getting married. She reports: “He said that at a certain point he had to decide whether to have a family or to have a career, that he couldn’t have both. That’s the kind of person he is. He couldn’t have a wife — he’s up all night reading the Congressional Record.”

        and also

        “Nader said he owned no car and owned no real estate directly in 2000, and said that he lived on US $25,000 a year, giving most of his stock earnings to many of the over four dozen non-profit organizations he had founded”

  3. Hide your guns, smokes, sugar, fritos, money and twinkies!!!! The little Napoleon libtard ( dressed as a RINO  ) is coming to take them away. NYC is one of the LEAST free places to live…and we want that in the WH?

  4. I voted for Nader all three times, and I would vote for any 3rd-party candidate again next year.  What you people don’t understand is that they’re not looking to win (the Electoral College would likely never allow a 3rd-party president anyway) – all they want is 5% of the popular vote.  Do you know what would happen if a 3rd-party candidate won 5% of the popular vote?  In the next election that party would receive federal funding JUST LIKE THE DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS DO NOW!  True change won’t happen as long as we keep the status quo.  Business as usual just isn’t working any longer.  Stop thinking in the short term (that’s why we’re in this fiscal mess to begin with) and do something to help fix this country!

    1. Oh, please.  Andyou think that with federal funding they would win elections?    That that would spell victory?  Oh, I can hardly write any more I’m laughing so hard.   That’s short-term thinking.  Think harder, Terran.  Federal funding won’t do it for a third=party candidate.

      1. If all other funds were outlawed, and federal funding of elections were the only thing allowed, then all elections would be equal and the best man, not the one with the most money would be elected. Good for the country.

    2. Absolutely. I voted for Nader 2 out of the last 3. I certainly did not vote for Obama.Anyone that wants to keep this status quo is getting what they deserve.How do you like Obama now?

      1. President Obama has tried to do everything he promised. The problem is 300 Republican filibusters the first two years, and a fully obstructionist house since then.  What do you expect under those conditions?

    1. Wide spread Republican election fraud and a packed Supreme Court gave us George Jr.  Even if Nader had not run in 2000, Gore still would have lost Florida. So you go away.

      1. That last part is not actually true. Nader received almost 98,000 votes in Florida. Some of those people would have stayed home or not voted for Gore, but it’s reasonable to assume Gore would have picked up at least 600 votes more than Bush out of that group. If Nader had not been on the ballot, we never would have had George W. Bush.

  5. This guy passed by senility several years ago.  And Bloomberg is in way over his head just trying to run a city.  Bloomberg “independent”?  The head “nanny-stater” himself?

  6. Jesus, what’s happened to Ralph is just plain sad.  I had to turn off Bloomberg today – it’s all Republican all the time, I can’t even listen to it anymore.  And Ralph doesn’t understand that we have a winner take all system, not a parliamentary system, so having more choices is meaningless.  Only the person with the most votes in the end gets the position, Ralph, so splitting votes among tens of candidates means absolutely nothing.  It says nothing and accomplishes nothing.  More and more people coalescing around one candidate wins elections.    Ralph, maybe a class in poli sci at the local community college would help…

  7. I am a 70 year old with back problems so I won’t be going to DC, but I will send them my directions as king president. I will stop all taxes, and from this day foreword, I am appointing the fairy tax mother to provide funds to run the country. Why should the people pay?

    Furthermore, I am setting up a dual lemonade/euthanasia stand where old people who no longer have Social Security or Medicare can come to end it all easily, and  I  promise to only toss their carcase in the best dumps.

    I will of course end all public education, but I will let those who charge the most for education, continue with the public seal of approval.

    I hope you will vote for me.

  8. Ralph always is the person to take seriously. It is a tragedy that so few people know this,  but instead take pot shots at him that have no basis in fact.

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