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Ralph Nader took organized Republican contributions in 2000…and is doing so again in 2004.


Printable Ralph Nader Talking Points

"I'm going to appeal to everyone in this race. It will make it unnecessary in the end for an alternative."

Democratic Presidential Candidate John Kerry



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In 2004 not only has Ralph Nader accepted substantial financial help from Republican stalwarts as part of a Republican effort to boost Bush’s chances at the polls, but also Nader has accepted their help to get his name on the ballot in Michigan. Nader insists that he will take more votes from George W. Bush than from Democratic Presidential Candidate John Kerry. Obviously, Nader is not being truthful either with the American voters, himself, or both. In addition to all the help Republicans are providing his campaign this year, Nader also accepted substantial financial help from Republicans during Campaign 2000.

 

Considering Nader took money from official GOP sources in 2000 and is again taking GOP money in his 2004 campaign, it is possible to conclude Nader is abandoning his distinguished consumer advocacy for socially conservative positions reflecting the Republicans who fund him. For example, Nadar has asserted “rhetoric” was the only difference between Pro-Choice Democratic Presidential Nominee Al Gore and Anti-Choice Republican Nominee George W. Bush. Nader was wrong. American voters deserve better.




“I don't know where you're getting that we're taking Republican money."

Ralph Nader

 

“Republicans, for their part, reacted to Nader's entry with joy. We're happy that Ralph Nader's joined the fray.’

Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R)

[“Nader Defends Candidacy as Democrats Criticize Decision to Run,”

Washington Post, February 23, 2004]


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2004: Major Republican Supporters Fund Nader to Drain Votes from Democratic Candidate John Kerry.

“Billionaire Richard J. Egan built his reputation in politics as a major donor and fund-raiser for the Bush campaign, steering hundreds of thousands of dollars into Republican coffers in recent years. But now it appears Egan and his relatives are bankrolling a new candidate: independent presidential contender Ralph Nader.” [“Major Bush Fund-Raiser Donates to Nader Campaign,” Boston Globe. July 1, 2004]

 

“[T]he Egans' sudden interest in Nader seems to reflect a more sophisticated strategy by Republicans to draw support away from Democratic challenger John F. Kerry by bolstering his third-party rival.” [“Major Bush Fund-Raiser Donates to Nader Campaign,” Boston Globe, July 1, 2004]

 

Republicans: Nearly 10 percent of Nader’s Big Contributors

Nearly 10 percent of the Nader contributors who have given him at least $250 each have a history of supporting the Republican president, national GOP candidates or the party, according to computer-assisted review of financial records by The Dallas Morning News.” [“GOP Donors Double Dipping With Nader,” Dallas Morning News. March 26, 2004]

 

2000: Republicans Paid for Nader Ads in Three Pivotal States

“One group, the Republican Leadership Council, has prepared a television commercial in which Mr. Nader attacks Mr. Gore and is ready to broadcast it in Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin, where the Green Party has made significant inroads among Democrats.” [“Republican Ads Use Nader in an Effort to Attack Gore,” New York Times, October 28, 2000]


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“Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington … says the Oregon Family Council and Citizens for a Sound Economy violated election laws last week by telephoning people and urging them to help Nader get on Oregon's ballot in November.” [“Watchdog Group Complains About Nader Aid,” Boston Globe, June 30, 2004]

 

“Both groups acknowledge trying to influence Nader's petition drive Saturday in Oregon, in hopes that getting him on the ballot would take votes away from Democrat John Kerry and help Bush win the battleground state.” [“Watchdog Group Complains About Nader Aid,” Boston Globe, June 30, 2004]

 

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington “filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission accusing the Oregon groups of breaking campaign laws with their efforts on Nader's behalf. The complaint also names the Bush and Nader campaigns, saying that reports of the Bush campaign using its resources to help Nader, and Nader's acceptance of the assistance, would amount to illegal campaign activity.” [“Major Bush Fund-Raiser Donates to Nader Campaign,” Boston Globe, July 1, 2004]


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“Michigan Republicans are helping gather signatures to place independent Ralph Nader on the presidential ballot in the battleground state, irritating Democrats who accuse the GOP of trying to pull votes away from candidate John Kerry.

"It's another example of state Republicans willing to try every unethical trick in the book to hold power," Democratic Executive Chairman Mark Brewer said Thursday. "This clearly shows that a vote for Ralph Nader is a vote to re-elect George Bush. The Republicans know that, and that's why they are desperate to have Nader on the Michigan ballot." [Michigan GOP Gathers Names For Nader,” Troy Record/Associated Press, July 9, 2004]


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NADER’S PETITION DRIVE TO GET ON THE BALLOT IN ARIZONA



“Nader recently was polling about 6 percent nationally.”

Associated Press poll conducted by Ipsos-Public Affairs, June 2004



Democrats, Pro-Choice Leaders: Nader Is No Friend to American Women more Democrats, Pro-Choice Leaders: Nader Is No Friend to American Women less

“Nader may be dismissive of the right to choose, but we are not," Rep. Nita Lowey [D-NY] said. "Many states would be poised to criminalize abortion immediately, if only given the chance." [“Democrats Ask Nader to Back Gore in Swing States” New York Times October 31, 2000]

 

“Kate Michelman, president of the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League, said Nader ‘cavalierly dismissed the threat to women's rights as the result of a George W. Bush election. Ralph Nader is no friend of American women.’" [Green Party nominee Ralph Nader, the most vilified man in the presidential election, counts no heroes among his critics CNN All Politics November 20, 2000]


John Kerry: Strongly Supports a Woman’s Right to Choose more John Kerry: Strongly Supports a Woman’s Right to Choose less

As president, Kerry will support only pro-choice judges to the U.S. Supreme Court.  Kerry believes:

·         women have the right to control their bodies, their lives, and their destinies

·         the Constitution protects a woman’s right to choose and to make her own decisions in consultation with her doctor, her conscience, and her God 

·         in promoting family planning and health plans which provide contraceptive coverage.

[“Standing up for Fairness, Dignity, Rights of Women and Opening Doors for their Success” John Kerry for President Website]



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