Nader: Obama Is 'Weak, Waffling'

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 23, 2009 1:08 PM CDT
Ralph Nader in Washington last month.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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(Newser) – In an interview with Time to plug his new book, Ralph Nader doesn't mince words when asked his opinion of President Obama: "Weak. Waffling, wavering, ambiguous, and overwhelmingly concessionary." So does this mean we can expect another Nader run? "It's too early to say. One thing is I always want the progressive agenda represented on the ballot, even in a rigged two-party tyranny. I wish other people would do it, but as far as me, it's too early to say."

Nader takes particular exception to the current give-and-take on health care reform. "Obama's not going to get a public option. By the time the thousand-page monstrosity of complexity and ambiguity gets to his desk, it's going to be a shred of what the majority of doctors, nurses and the people in this country want—which is full Medicare for all."