Four years after he announced a presidential run on NBC's Meet the Press, Ralph Nader is poised to do it again.
He's scheduled to appear on the program Sunday, and longtime associates say they think the consumer advocate will announce his candidacy. Having abandoned the Green Party after being its nominee in 2000, he's more likely to run as an independent again, those familiar with his thinking said.
Kevin Zeese, Nader's 2004 campaign spokesman, who isn't involved in the 2008 exploratory efforts, said he thought that Nader was going to throw his hat in the ring again. "If I had to guess, I'd say he's going to run, because the two parties are not bringing issues in a way that will help the people, but will help the corporations," Zeese said.
Nader is still loathed by many Democrats who call him a spoiler and claim his candidacy in 2000 cost Democrats the election by siphoning votes away from Al Gore in a razor-thin contest in Florida. Nader has vociferously disputed the spoiler claim, saying only Democrats are to blame for losing the race to George W. Bush.
Clinton's remarks not an adieu, aides say
With the mood of her campaign shadowed by the death of an officer escorting her motorcade in Dallas Friday, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton vowed to carry on despite remarks in a debate Thursday that some people took as a valedictory to her effort to win the Democratic nomination.
In TV interviews and at a morning voter rally Friday, she returned to the theme of her closing debate remarks, when she said "whatever happens" she and Barack Obama would prosper. "I just hope that we'll be able to say the same thing about the American people."
Aides insisted the remark was not an admission that she believed she would lose the race but rather an attempt to focus on the struggles of ordinary voters.
Broadcaster disputes McCain on meeting
Broadcaster Lowell "Bud" Paxson contradicted statements from Sen. John McCain's campaign that the senator did not meet with Paxson or his lobbyist before sending two controversial letters to the Federal Communications Commission on Paxson's behalf.
Paxson, now retired, said Friday he talked with McCain in his office several weeks before he wrote the letters in 1999 to the FCC urging a rapid decision on Paxson's quest to acquire a Pittsburgh TV station. Paxson also said his lobbyist, Vicki Iseman, likely attended and helped arrange the meeting.
McCain aides said Thursday he did not meet with Paxson or Iseman on the matter.