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.