Ralph Nader: Jeffersonian ? I Don’t Think Soby Doug Mataconis
For reasons known only to him, Ralph Nader announced today that he’s running for President:
WASHINGTON (CNN) — Ralph Nader is entering the presidential race as an independent, he announced Sunday, saying it is time for a “Jeffersonian revolution.”
“In the last few years, big money and the closing down of Washington against citizen groups prevent us from trying to improve our country. And I want everybody to have the right and opportunity to improve their country,” he told reporters after an appearance announcing his candidacy on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
Asked why he should be president, the longtime consumer advocate said, “Because I got things done.” He cited a 40-year record, which he said includes saving “millions of lives,” bringing about stricter protection for food and water and fighting corporate control over Washington.
This marks his fourth straight White House bid — fifth if his 1992 write-in campaign is included.
Nader said Thomas Jefferson believed that “when you lose your government, you’ve got to go into the electoral arena.”
“A Jeffersonian revolution is needed in this country,” he said.
I’m not which upsets me more. The fact that this old gasbag is running again or that he’s appropriating the name of a true American hero.