Nader Likes Obama, but He's Still a 'Corporate Democrat'

Says Democrat will make concessions to big business
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted May 31, 2008 8:38 AM CDT
Ralph Nader, right, and his running mate Matt Gonzalez shake hands at George Washington University Thursday, Feb. 28, 2008 in Washington.    (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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(Newser) – Ralph Nader prefers Barack Obama to Hillary Clinton, but still considers Obama what he calls “a corporate Democrat,” the Green Party candidate for president tells the Wall Street Journal in a wide-ranging chat over lunch. Despite the populist rhetoric, Obama has “made his peace” with the need to be a “conciliatory, concessionary, adaptive politician to the reality of corporate power,” Nader notes.

"The companies give Democrats this leeway, and say, 'Well, Obama's gotta say that stuff, but he'll come around,' " he adds. Nader also calls Bush “the worst president we've ever had,” and bridles at questions over whether he cost Al Gore the 2000 election. “No one's a 'spoiler'—unless we're all 'spoilers,' ” he says. “When they say, 'You cost Gore the election,' I say, 'I thought Bush took more votes from Gore.' " He adds that Democrats aren’t “used to third-party challenges, so they still scapegoat the Green Party.”