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Last Updated: Friday, 19 December, 2003, 12:56 GMT
Nader mulls US presidential bid
Ralph Nader
Ralph Nader wants to rebuild America's infrastructure
Veteran US consumer affairs campaigner Ralph Nader says he is considering running again for the presidency.

Mr Nader, who was the Green Party's candidate in the 2000 election, told the BBC he wanted to maintain a progressive political movement.

He criticised both the Democratic and Republican parties, accusing them of becoming more like each other.

He said he would make a final decision on whether to run again as a third-party candidate in January.

In an interview with BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Mr Nader said he was "testing the waters" by forming an exploratory committee to look into the possibility of running.

He said he wanted to be sure that he would have adequate funding and support to launch another presidential campaign.

"I will make up my mind one way or the other in January," he said.

Decline

Mr Nader was scathing about the choices offered by the Republicans and Democrats.

"The country's in real trouble and these two parties are converging more and more," he said.

"You just can't stand by and watch the two parties, at varying speeds of decline, take down our country."

Mr Nader said money needed to be spent on rebuilding America's infrastructure, instead of being "drained away" by tax cuts for the wealthy.

And he dismissed those who said he had put George W Bush into the White House by taking votes from Al Gore in a number of key states, including Florida.

"Gore beat Gore," he said, pointing out that the Democrat candidate had failed to win either his home state of Tennessee or the then President Bill Clinton's home state of Arkansas.

Mr Nader has yet to decide whether he intends to run again for the Green Party or launch an independent bid.




SEE ALSO:
The Green Party
09 Aug 00  |  Parties
Ralph Nader: Consumer champion
28 Jun 00  |  Profiles
Nader wins Green nomination
26 Jun 00  |  Americas


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