Nader renews attacks on Dems, GOP

June 29, 2008 at 7:58 PM
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WASHINGTON, June 29 (UPI) -- Five-time presidential candidate Ralph Nader sallied forth Sunday with more attacks on the presumptive Democratic and Republican nominees for U.S. president.

Speaking on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," Nader faulted Obama -- the senator from Illinois who is the likely Democratic nominee -- for not backing a single-payer health insurance program, for not backing the repeal of the Taft-Hartley as part of labor law reform and for not wanting to reduce military spending.

He said McCain -- the Arizona senator who is expected to be the GOP nominee -- "is basically moving toward becoming a clone of George W. Bush."

"He stands in front of the corporatists and he basically says, I'm your man," Nader said.

Nader denied his independent candidacy, in effect, hinders advancement on the issues he promotes by likely taking votes away from the Democratic candidate. He called that notion "political bigotry" and said sticking with Democrats and Republicans means "you go for the least worst party," which results in voters being taken for granted.

Asked what is the one thing most people don't know about him that he would like to reveal, Nader said, "I have a great sense of humor, because in humor there is truth."

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