“There could be a scandal with Hillary Clinton.”
Ralph Nader is best known for his work as a consumer advocate and for being a spoiler candidate in the 2000 presidential election. Now he’s urging Bernie Sanders to stay in the 2016 race, which is kind of hilarious.
Telesur News reports:
Ralph Nader Says Bernie Sanders Shouldn’t Drop Out of the Race
Ralph Nader, the consumer advocate and former Green Party presidential candidate, encouraged Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders to stay in the race, in spite of several major losses over the past weeks.
“But why should Bernie Sanders drop out? There could be a scandal with Hillary Clinton. Those transcripts and closed door meetings with the big bankers and other corporations could be released,” Nader told CNN in a telephone interview, highlighting the many lingering issues Clinton could face both in the primary season and in the general election.
Clinton won four out of five contests last Tuesday, and New York before that. These victories have more or less closed Sanders’ road to the nomination, barring a major, unforeseen change. Nader pointed out that the superdelegates currently pledged to Clinton are able to change their minds.
Nader ran as a third-party candidate in 2000, and many have accused him of splitting the Democratic vote, allowing former President George W. Bush to win. He dismisses these arguments.
The irony of the situation isn’t lost on the Hillary campaign. Her press secretary was comparing Sanders to Nader a week ago on CNN:
Politico also has a report on concerns over Bernie becoming another Nader:
Clinton camp: Will Sanders turn into Ralph Nader?
The Clinton campaign has a question for Bernie Sanders: Are you to become “a Ralph Nader and try to destroy the party?”
Clinton’s chief strategist Joel Benenson accused Sanders of issuing attacks that hurt the Democratic Party in an interview with CNN’s “New Day” on Tuesday, the day of the New York primary.
“The real challenge, is Senator Sanders going to stop attacks that hurt Democrats that we need up and down the ticket?” Benenson asked. “Is he going to try to support the party that is in favor of protecting voting rights, women’s rights, or turn himself into someone who will do what he said he wasn’t going do, and be a Ralph Nader and try to destroy the party when it comes to defeating Republicans in November?”
Could Bernie run third party if he doesn’t get the Democratic nomination?
Could we be so lucky?
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