ABC News’ Tahman Bradley reports: Saying that people are feeling "locked out", "shutout", marginalized" and "disrespected" by the political process, consumer advocate Ralph Nader launched another independent bid for president of the United States Sunday on NBC’s "Meet the Press".
Nader knocked Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and Republican John McCain for not elaborating on issues that Americans care about like single-payer health care, wasteful Pentagon spending, and protecting workers against the threat of globalization.
"When you see Washington, DC be corporate occupied territory. Every department and agency controlled by overwhelming presence of corporate lobbyists, corporate executives in high government positions, turning the government against it’s on people….one feels an obligation to open the doorways," he said.
Mr. Nader responded to remarks Sen. Obama made yesterday saying that Nader is someone who has a pretty high opinion of his own work and knocks those who don’t listen and adopt all of his policies.
"Sen. Obama is a person of substance. He’s also the first liberal evangelist in a long time. He’s run a brilliant tactical campaign but his better instincts and his knowledge have been censored by himself," Nader said pointing to Obama’s position on Israeli/Palestinian conflict.
"He was pro-Palestine when he was in Illinois, before he ran for the state senate, during his state Senate, now he’s supporting the Israeli destruction of the tiny destruction called Gaza," said Nader. "He doesn’t have any sympathy for a civil death ratio of about 300 to 1, 300 Palestinians to 1 Israeli."
Nader showed no contrition when pushed to explain whether he thinks his run third consecutive White House run might handicap Obama in places.
"The political bigotry that’s involved here is that we shouldn’t enter the electoral arena — all of us that think that the country needs an infusion of freedom, democracy and choice should just sit on the sidelines and watch the two political parties own all the voters and turn the government over to big business," barked Nader.
Pressed again how he would feel if Obama didn’t become president because he took away some of his votes, Nader said, "If Democrats can’t landslide the Republicans this year, they ought to just wrap up, close down, emerge in a different form.