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: