Nader, who turns 74 later this week, announced his candidacy on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
In a later interview with The Associated Press, he rejected the notion of himself as a spoiler candidate, saying the electorate will not vote for a “pro-war John McCain.” He also predicted his campaign would do better than in 2004, when he won just 0.3 percent of the vote as an independent.
“This time we’re ready for them,” said Nader of the Democratic Party lawsuits that kept him off the ballot in some states.
Pointing a finger at Republicans, he described McCain as a candidate for “perpetual war” and said he welcomed the support of Republican conservatives “who don’t like the war in Iraq, who don’t like taxpayer dollars wasted, and who don’t like the Patriot Act and who treasure their rights of privacy.”
“If the Democrats can’t landslide the Republicans this year, they ought to just wrap up,” Nader added.
Ralph Nader is basically Ron Paul without the charm.