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Calling the White House tax deal with Republicans the "last straw," Ralph Nader predicted that President Obama will face a primary challenger in 2012.

Nader, a third-party presidential candidate in the four most recent elections, told The Hill a Democrat will step up in two years to represent the progressive wing of the party. It's "just a question of how prominent a person."

The 76-year-old consumer advocate did not commit to running again himself, but said he hoped someone new would come along to stand for liberals.

"Obama's position has been that the liberal, progressive wing has nowhere to go, therefore they can't turn their back on the administration," Nader told The Hill. "But a challenge will hold his feet to the fire and signal that we do have somewhere to go."

Nader said Obama's decision to allow tax-cut extensions for the wealthy is considered a betrayal by his progressive supporters. He called the president "opportunistic" and lacking in principles.

"He's a con man. I have no use for him," Nader said.

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jasonsupport44
boy do you have some serious gaps in your intelligence. get a clue. here are just a FEW reasons to send obama packing. Bernanke. Geitner. Tax cuts for the mega rich. No regulations on wall street. oops thats more than three. i could go on, but have a look at the harm being done to middle america by obama's inertia, pandering and cowardice.

March 21 2011 at 10:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
psmarc93

More than any living politician, Nader represents the purity of the liberal agenda: that when the people stand together, no car company, no oil company, no bank can force us into slavery. His principles have been a touchstone for the Democratic party for years longer than any one else living. However, although I don't think he'd cave against the Republicans like Obama, like Obama I'm not sure he knows how to fight them and win in the political arena. He's right about Obama, but he shouldn't run.

December 15 2010 at 2:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jasonsupport44

Ralph Nader there is a reason that you have not even come close to winning an election. There are millions of people, including me who would gladly take a bullet for President Barack Obama. He sold no one else, thats just an opportune catch phrase President haters are using right now...I hate to say its racist journalism but hey when it quacks its a duck and Mr. Nader, these comments make you seem like the biggest Mallard I've ever seen. A challenger? History says that if theirs a challenger to the incumbant, the party will lose because of the perception of noncontinuity. You should no that. Grow up. Support Your President.

December 13 2010 at 2:06 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
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perkisabeast1

"Grown up. Support Your President" So when is it OK to disagree with the president? Seems awful similar to the rhetoric republicans used when people came out against Iraq. I just can't understand what people are talking about. Nader, like many people, disagrees with much of what Obama has been doing. I just want to remind you that NADER RAN AGAINST OBAMA... not in support of him. Ralph is not a democrat. Many people applaud Ron Paul not because they agree with him a lot, but because he stays true to what he believes. Yet Ralph has become a punching bag for democrats. When you used the term "racist journalism" it proves that you really don't know anything about what Ralph has done.

December 13 2010 at 3:46 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
ffrmdk

There are two kinds of people in this world. Those who follow their leader, and those who lead their leaders. Only one of those kinds of people are fit to be subjects of a democracy.

December 16 2010 at 12:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
perkisabeast1

At the end of the day, Ralph Nader has done more for the American people than any modern day politician. Next time your life is saved by your airbag, or your child who just got their license survives a crash only because of their seat-belt, think for a second who you have to thank. Ralph is a true American Hero.

December 13 2010 at 10:53 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
rviharo

Ralph Nader lost all political credibility when he delivered the 2000 election right into the hands of George W Bush. That is what his political strategy gave us - Bush. We must have political balance first and foremost for all of us to work together - Ralph Nader is not a leader or an elegant problem solver - he is simply a critique.

December 12 2010 at 2:24 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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lee4hut

At this time, there are few well knowns who would pass the progressive test and appeal to the majority of America's voters. Sanders would be a great choice, but the moderates and certainly the conservatives would reject him. Ex-Senator Russell Feingold would be another, Dennis Kucinich another, and Bill Moyers would be a great president. Robert Reich would be excellent as well. Even Bill Richardson or Brown of California. T There are some that would carry the progressive line, but history has shown that once in office a president will often retreat from his campaign promises. Some of which is facing reality and some of which is trying to be the president of all the people.

December 12 2010 at 1:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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joebhed10

A lot of people think Bernie's appeal to conservatives would be zero. This is true of the neo-cons and religious right, but not true of the broader conservative family. There area lots of conservatives getting screwed by this two-party system. Bernie could never have been elected even in the Vermont political scene without a lot of support from real conservatives. Bernie's message resonates broadly across Vermont and also, I believe, this country. He is not well-known, and he would have zero money support. But he is capable of being supported broadly across the political spectrum, and most especially he is an independent, and he is progressive. Bernie is electable as a populist reformer, but he will never achieve his social justice goals without reforming the money system. The Greens in the US and Canada have adopted a monetary reform position as part of their economic platform. If Bernie could square these proposals with the structural reforms proposed by Governor Mervyn King of the Bank of England, he would have the tools he needs to be a successful transformer of the American power structure. Recent macro-economic modeling of these monetary reforms have shown great promise to end the debt-servitude of national economies, and to achieve our economic potential without inflation or deflation. We know that progressive Cong. Dennis Kucinich is getting close to shovel-ready with broad reform proposals. These progressives have figured it out. It's the money system. The Money System Common.

December 12 2010 at 7:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
pvojr1965

Oh Please! Give me a break! Why oh are we still listening to this man! Of course the president is going to have people challenge him on his left front. The left front would have him absolutely through away his presidency away on principles that are just too left for the country right now. Did we want single payer? Yes. Did the country? No Did we want the Public Option? Yes. Did the country? No Did we take the first step? YES! Everything that this country has done that’s has been worth a damn has taken an integrative approach. This president is a practical man who thank God knows this and respects the limits of reality. Nadar – Please go away!

December 11 2010 at 5:47 PM Report abuse -7 rate up rate down Reply
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aevenstarr

I truly hope that we find that progressive candidate. I am in full support of a new nominee for 2012. I'm not a huge Nader fan....but, Obama has lost me on this betrayal. The tax cuts should expire. Period. Done. There is a future and I don't want mine to be hopeless.

December 11 2010 at 4:23 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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robisready

Does reality not factor into your inane rantings? The tax cuts are scheduled to expire and will in there is no action taken. What the President wanted to do was extend the cuts for those making under $250,000 but the Republicans have enough votes in the Senate to block that. In a choice between extending them for everyone and extending them for noone, the President chose the path that most economists agree will do the least damage to a struggling recovery. your future will only be hopeless if you continue to live in a delusional world where you think a President can wave a magic wand and do anything he pleases.

December 13 2010 at 11:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bizlearn

Ralph Nader is a spoiler, a whiner and "unsafe at any speed." As a 2000 ego-driven presidential candidate, he is "ground zero" and responsible for today's political chaos. The majority of voters had "no use for him," then, nor will they in the future. His 1965 moment of fame was over, long ago!

December 11 2010 at 2:02 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
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duboisist

Sorry, Charlie. They can't pass it and repeal the cuts for the wealthy in reconciliation. There isn't enough time. Both houses will have to pass identical bills and send them to the President to sign as is.

December 11 2010 at 12:50 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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