NADER TO DEMOCRATS: ITS NOT OVER
Nader to Democrats: "It's not over"
By Beverley Wang, Associated Press Writer | October 30, 2004
MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader Saturday warned Democrats to expect legal action over tactics he called "disgraceful" and "fascistic."
Stay tuned. It's not over," he said.
Democrats have tried to keep Nader off the ballot in several states, including New Hampshire. Nader called their efforts "the most disgraceful, fascistic practices in the modern history of the Democratic Party."
He said his campaign is gathering documents to prove volunteers collecting signatures for him were harassed.
"The only steps we took were to ensure that Ralph Nader was playing by the rules," said Jano Cabrera, Democratic National Committee communications director. "If he wanted to get on the ballot in these states, he had to prove that he actually gathered valid signatures in these states, and Mickey Mouse and Betty Boop are not valid signatures. These are signatures that people gathered in Ralph Nader's name."
New Hampshire's state Democratic Party tried to kick Nader off the presidential ballot by arguing that signatures submitted for him were collected through widespread fraud and deceit. Nader remained on the state's ballot.
Nader said he was disappointed in Sen. John Kerry for keeping quiet on such issues, even after the two spoke about them on the telephone.
"Sen. John Kerry, who told me 12 weeks ago he didn't know about these dirty tricks over the phone, ... he never got back to me, notwithstanding my calling him 25 times in 35 days."
Cabrera said Democrats have repeatedly reached out to Nader. DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe has spoken with Nader several times, he added.
"In each instance, we have told him we don't want him to play the role he played in 2000, namely a spoiler in the election, a role he seems determined to play," Cabrera said.
Nader called McAuliffe "the chief architect of dirty tricks incorporated."
Cabrera labeled the comment "laughable in the extreme."
"They're so stupid," Nader said. "This is why they've been losing, losing, losing to the worst of the Republicans at the local, state and national level. This is Bush's election to lose, and if Kerry wins, it's largely because Bush significantly self-destructed."
About 50 people turned up at St. Anselm College to hear Nader speak about corruption in two-party politics. Nader also called for a leaner defense budget, better infrastructure, social programs and public works programs for Americans.
Once, he criticized the group -- made up mostly of students -- for the low turnout. He told them they were less politically involved than their parents.
"We need to reassert the sovereignty of the people and take back Washington, D.C., and we're the only campaign that has a dedicated 40-year history of pressing for the subordination of corporate power to the sovereignty of people; and a government that cares more for the interests of the people than the interests of their corporate paymasters," Nader said.
Outside, members of the college's Democratic group protested Nader's appearance. One wore a George Bush mask and several held a banner reading "Thank you Ralph, Best Wishes, W."
Nader said he hadn't decided yet if he will run in 2008. He said he would consider this year's election in New Hampshire a success if he got more than the 22,000 votes he received from the state in 2000.