Ralph Nader Demands A “Real” 9/11 Investigation


On the 7th anniversary of the September 11th, 2001 attacks, Ralph Nader has become the only presidential candidate (besides Green party nominee Cynthia McKinney, who has been a 9/11 Truth advocate since 2002) to demand a “real investigation” into the events of that fateful morning.

It was more than just campaign rhetoric; more than just the usual faux indigination we so often get from the candidates on days like these. Ralph Nader made it a promise, a solemn pledge to the American people.

So if you’re skeptical of the government’s official story about 9/11, and you want to see a real investigation into this national tragedy, looks like Ralph Nader’s your man this November. Or Cynthia McKinney is your woman.

Nobody else in this race is going to crane their necks very hard looking for the truth. They’re all too busy reading the TelePrompTer, checking their hairstyles in the mirror, and putting lipstick on pigs.

Remember that old Southern saying, “when pigs fly?” That’s exactly what you’ll hear from both John McCain and Barack Obama if you ask them for a new investigation into 9/11.

When pigs fly, indeed. Next thing ya know, we’ll be watching painted pigs flying into skyscrapers.

Hey, stranger things have been known to happen in America.

The flying pig, unofficial symbol of the City of Cincinnati, Ohio

The flying pig, unofficial symbol of the City of Cincinnati, Ohio

If, by some miracle, Nader actually got elected, I think I’d feel pretty good about letting him run the store. One thing I do know about Ralph Nader: he loves the Constitution and knows the law like nobody’s business. He prosecutes people who violate it, which is more than I can say for our Democrats in Congress.

Here’s the full story and video of Ralph Nader’s explosive comments:


Independent presidential candidate says he supports 9/11 truth movement

Story by Steve Watson

Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader pledged support for a new investigation into the events of 9/11 Monday, commenting that the 9/11 Commission was “flawed, right from the get go”.

Nader was questioned by members of We Are Change Ohio at a campaign rally in Cincinnati, Ohio earlier this week.

Asked if he supported the 9/11 Truth Movement and the efforts of activists and victims’ families to expose the lies surrounding the attacks, Nader responded;

“I was there when they were collecting signatures in the audience and I supported it.” Nader ommented, referring to We are Change’s activities at the meeting.

“The 9/11 Commission, first of all, it took the members of the great families to push the administration even to have an inquiry, can you imagine an attack like that and the government didn’t even want to have an inquiry?” stated Nader.

“And second, the ground rules for the 9/11 Commission were that they weren’t going to name names, or hold anybody responsible, that’s a real investigation,” he added with irony.

“So right from the get go it was flawed and there needs to be another one, and the best place to have it is New York City.” Nader concluded.

Nader was a key figure in the original movement to establish the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a government agency that has been fiercely criticized for its role in declaring the air at ground zero safe to breathe, when in reality it contained deadly toxins that have led to the chronic illnesses and slow deaths of hundreds of first responders.

Nader recently spoke with Alex Jones (Mp3) concerning the lack of difference between the two main party candidates, the violations of the Constitution by the current administration, the futility of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the reasons he is running for president for a fifth time.


(Apologies for poor audio/video quality)


* Ralph Nader posted this message on his website after holding a news conference at the National Press Club yesterday with former presidential candidate Ron Paul:

Ron Paul and Ralph Nader, September 10, 2008

Today, along with other third party candidates, I joined Congressman Ron Paul to endorse a common agenda that stands up for the US Constitution by ending illegal wars, and protecting the privacy and civil liberties of all persons under US jurisdiction. We also jointly called for an immediate halt to the increase in the national debt, an end to corporate subsidies and taxpayer bailouts of corporations, and to start aggressively pursuing prosecution of corporations that commit crimes and frauds.

Both Congressman Paul and I also support holding President Bush and Dick Cheney to account for their transgressions against our Constitution.

Today’s coming together of third party candidates marks the beginning of the realignment of American politics.

While Congressman Paul and I do not agree on all things — such as health and safety regulations and health insurance systems and how to handle areas where the market fails or is not up to the task of getting the best outcomes for the American people — on the overriding foreign policy, reckless waste financed by deficit spending, and civil liberties issues of the day, we stand together. He is a stalwart who has consistently stood up for what he believes in and never wavered when he is opposed by the legions of commercial interests and lobbyists that swarm the Capitol.

Congressman Paul said today, “the strongest message can be sent by rejecting the two-party system, which in reality is a one-party system with no possible chance for the changes to occur which are necessary to solve our economic and foreign policy problems.” He also called on his supporters to vote for Nader/Gonzalez or one of the other non-establishment, principled candidates, who support the joint statement issued today.

For all the millions of people who have broken free from the establishment parties’ domination over our dwindling democracy, Nader/Gonzalez presents a clear choice for those who want to support a candidate who will stand up against the war and stand up for personal liberties and privacy that have been trampled on by the notorious, misnamed, PATRIOT Act, the FISA ‘snoop’ Bill, and the unilateral dictates of the Bush/Cheney regime.

Some unfairly paint the Nader/Gonzalez candidacy as being for big government. Nothing could be more untrue.

Nader/Gonzalez supports a government of the people, by the people, for the people. We agree with Congressman Paul that government is rife with waste and corporate demands, and needs to be scaled back in many areas — most of all the bloated, wasteful US military budget, which is half of the government’s total operating budget.

We are also against big government doling out hundreds of billions in corporate welfare, subsidies, and bailouts to companies.

We support abolishing income tax on the first $50,000 of income to be made up with a fraction of a percent Wall Street speculation tax, especially on derivatives.
Click here to listen to Ralph’s remarks at yesterday’s press conference.



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19 responses to “Ralph Nader Demands A “Real” 9/11 Investigation

  1. For the record, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is a lifelong Democrat and supports Barack Obama for President in 2008.

    What does Bobby have to say about Nader?

    Not much this political season. But he harshly criticized Nader in a 2004 Salon.com interview:

    About Ralph Nader-

    “It’s like talking to an insane person, he’s just not susceptible to reason. He’s demonstrably made it worse in this country by giving us George W. Bush and he’s trying to do it again. His supporters are seduced by his critique of the political system, which is basically correct. It’s true that the Republican Party is about 90 percent corrupt and the Democrats are about 50 or 60 percent. But he’s wrong that he’s the solution. The solution is campaign finance reform and resurrection of the fairness doctrine so the public can take back control of the media. And those solutions can only come from within the Democratic Party.”

    – RFK Jr.

  2. Let no one be discouraged by the belief there is nothing one person can do against the enormous array of the world’s ills, misery, ignorance, and violence. Few will have the greatness to bend history, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. And in the total of all those acts will be written the history of a generation.RobertFrancisKennedyRobert Francis Kennedy, 1925-68

  3. Jack Mosel

    reply to Editor: Wait up… hang on..

    it’s one thing to post a story about Ralph Nader calling for a new 9/11 investigation (on 9/11’s 7th year anniversary) and quite another to invelop Nader in an RFK esque description of nader, from what is reletively a long time ago… Today, a long time ago can mean weeks and months in the past, this quote was from years ago. In light of RFK’s position and feelings towards, Mr. Naders’ “handing the election to Bush”… Is outdated and untrue based on its merits in a direct comparison to the real reason as to why Bush “Won” the 2004 or 2000 election.

    The facts which have surfaced now are that there were serious inproprieties and criminal fraud perpetuated from this New World Order “Ilke”, Sect and Clan of Fascist, (Nazi Connected) anti-American’s that pulled off the biggest crime / coverup of our nation’s history (to date).

    This crime, which should be emphasis of the retort to this artical and not what RFK Jr. felt about Mr. Nader years ago, is that very real mechanitions were put in place, after much hesitancy on our Presidential administration not to investigate 9/11… Finally gaving way to officiating a panel to “formerly” investigate the affairs and actions leading to and coming from the events of our countries’ darkest day in its history. That panel was headed up at the behest of the office of the President and through his and his Vice Presidents maligning and manipulations, to have that panel be officiated at the editorial level of finality by none the less than Karl Rove and Philip Zelicow.

    These two “editors” fommented and bastardized the “formal” investigation from DAY ONE. The product they handed US was PROPOGANDA of the highest order. Period. False, untrue, based on its own merits and contradictory from within its own binders. (read it yourself!)

    RFK Jr.’s comments (today) although not given, I’m sure would reflect much of this sentiment and his patriotism and support for the Democratic parties’ candidate is in my belief, a lessor of two evils so to say ( I like Obama Personally)… I could be wrong.. dead wrong, but I can’t believe that RFK, Jr. would be of the belief that there isn’t something vastly wrong and at least contrdictory if not outright criminal, in the bag of trash the 9/11 commision handed us, in lieu of a real and thorough / unbiased, un-edited investigation of the events of that horrible day. I would bet on it…

    Ralph Nader, call him what you will, but do not call him a spoiler, an Anti-American or anything short of a real Patriot. He is our advocate at costs to him personally and politically that most in the business would not come close to overcoming or achieveing. He has my respect and my ear always. I trust him and I admire him. What motives drives him? Money? I don’t think so. Power? ha. prestige? come on.. He has been carrying our flag for longer than most of us have been breathing and in the face of opposition that would make all of us lose our lunch.

    On the anniversary of our countries dakest day, this 9/11 of 2008 I am proud to have Mr. Ralph Nader publicly step up and be counted as one of us who feel that there is the taste of koolaid all over the story we’ve been handed. More to come now for sure about this little diddy from Mr. Nader. It ain’t about seat belts this time… He’s a pitt bull alright and we’ll be seeing the wagons circle now for sure from the support of Mr. Nader who is basically throwing down now on 9/11. Don’t drink the koolaid (and drive)!!!

    Praise God (for real)

    God Bless America

    Who’s Osama?

  4. Howard Krestler

    Yeah, I used to support RFK Jr. 100%, but he lost me when he endorsed Hillary. Now that Hill is out of the race and Obama starts sounding more like Clinton policywise, RFK Jr. climbs into bed with Obama. Typical politics, and its so tired.

    What was truly sad about Robert Kennedy’s endorsement of Hilary is that it plays into the worst of all political strategies.

    Kennedy’s betrayal should not surprise us too much. The Democratic Party is being infected by the same disease as the Republicans. Corporate cash is the cancer that is destroying the Party from the inside and few can resist its temptation, as evidenced by Kennedy’s feebleness.

    He is obviously aware that Obama is the lesser of two evils ( don’t want McBush, either!) , but he has ceded his oft vocalized principles for some yet unknown deal.

    The lesser of two evils is still EVIL.

    I’m voting independent or third party this year for the first time. It will either be Nader or McKinney.

  5. David Harris

    I’m sorry, I like Rfk jr., but he’s just flat wrong about Ralph Nader.

    Everything Nader says in the radio interview MP3 you have linked in the story above makes perfect sense to me.

    Here’s the part I’m having trouble with: Nader says exactly the same thing I’ve heard Bobby Jr. say many times. On the issues, they are one and the same, they agree 100%.

    Then Kennedy turns around and says Ralph sounds like an insane person? Wouldn’t that mean Bobby is insane too?

    This infighting is silly and needs to stop NOW. Ralph Nader and Bobby Kennedy should be fighting the REAL insane criminals who are in control of our gov’t, NOT fighting each other!

    Partisanship at it’s worst. Attack the independent guy (who you agree with on the issues!) to bolster the Democrat, who you’ve had to put your beliefs and value system aside for, just to be part of “the in crowd.”

    I saw Kennedy do this earlier in `08 with Hillary Clinton when he backed her. Bad decision, one that put him at odds with his own base. Now he’s doing it again withSen. Obama. As Obama moves to the center and starts talking like a Repub., Bobby Jr. suddenly thinks he’s great?

    Sorry again – don’t want to offend the Kennedy faithful here…I like RFK a lot, but his words and actions don’t always match up. Especially in election years!

    As someone who has been checking out Kennedy’s radio show and books, articles, etc, for 10+ years, I couldn’t help but notice the contradiction.

    Every election cycle, he sets aside his key issues on the backburner to campaign for the corporate Democrat, no matter how much the party platform ignores the issues progressives care about.

    That’s why I’m voting for Nader this time.

    I’ve had enough of this two-party system. It’s broken, and yes, I WAS a lifelong Democrat, too. But they sold me out. They sold ALL OF US out!!! And I refuse to be a party to this any more.

    Wake up, RFK Jr. and help Ralph Nader! In your heart, you know he’s right.

    Stop this silly partisan bickering and infighting. When it’s the good guys vs. the good guys, our country is OVER!!!!!!!

  6. Future Generation of Americans

    All the progressive Democrats need to vote for Nader, including Robert Kennedy, Jr. RFK,Jr is big on NO COAL and was at the LIVE EARTH concert and gave an excellent speech there. He is smart enough to know that nuclear power is not the answer. RFK Jr. is consistently anti “Clean Coal” (says there is no such thing) and anti-nuclear power.

    But he supports Obama and Clinton, who are both pro-coal and Obama is pro-nuclear! What, does he think he’s going to be able to change Obama’s mind on this after he’s elected? Hell-o?

    Why the hell isn’t RFK Jr. supporting Nader, who agrees with his positions on the environment 100%?

    Progressive Democrats should stop voting for the second best and vote for the best to lead our country: Ralph Nader/Matt Gonzalez. At the VERY LEAST they should point out that Obama voted for the Bush/Cheney energy policy and force Obama to change his mind. i don’t trust Obama at all. Illinois politicians are DIRTY. I know that first hand. Progressive Democrats should change parties and get away from the existing corporate controlled Democratic party.

  7. Jim

    I hear Gomer Pyle’s voice in my head saying “Surprise, Surprise, Surprise!”

    Kennedy is a typical Dem. Talks nice. But when push-comes-to-shove, will support an awful pro-war, pro-corporate candidate because that candidate is the nominee of the pro-war, pro-corporate candidate.

    My local rep just did the same thing. DeGette(CO-1) is one of those Dems that tries to appeal to progressives by talking sometimes. In her case by occasionally talking like she opposes the Iraq war. But never really DOES anything about it. All talk, no action … then you see the true colors show through when she supported Hillary. Barf!

    The bottom line is that they are Dems. They’ve sworn allegiance to a pro-war party that supports a government of the corporation, by the corporation and for the corporation in exchange from lots of money from, surprise, corporations!

    That’s what the (D) after the name tells you. And the (D) after the name means that this sworn allegiance is more important to them than any of the BS that comes out of their mouths that sounds different from the Democratic party line. Its BS because when push-come-to-shove, they will support the party line.

  8. Alli

    I was really hopeful about RFK, but lost all confidence several years ago. I don’t remember the precipitating incident — maybe it was his stance on vaccines/autism, maybe it was Cape Wind – I just remember I found myself having a huge “Well, what*EV*er” moment.

    His NIMBYism about the Cape Wind farm really pissed me off. As A lifelong evironmentalist first and Democrat second, I remember he really lost a lot of credibility in my book with that.

    And then I found out he has six children, which is about the worst thing any one (two) person can do for the environment.

    And then I heard he is pro-life (well, no kidding, I thought to myself!), but he campaigns for candidates who are pro-choice.

    So…yeah, whatever.

  9. I heard the old, old, men say ‘all that’s beautiful drifts away, like the waters.’WilliamButlerYeatsWilliam Butler Yeats

  10. Whoah, whoah! This story is about Ralph Nader, not RFK Jr., so I’m not sure why everyone is jumping all over Kennedy here.

    Of course, you are always free to come here and express your disagreement with Kennedy on the issues, but some of these posts are veering dangerously close to personal attacks, and remember, that’ s against our editorial policy.

    So keep it focused on the issues, and let’s have a debate. But keep it above the belt!

    Jack, you asked what Kennedy’s thoughts on Nader are these days. I heard him talking on “Ringof Fire” a few months ago (probabbly March or April 2008) and he basically said the same thing about Nader. I don’t have the exact quote, but it was essentially a repeat of what he said in the 2004 Salon.com interview.

    RFK referred toRalph as a “spolier,” and said that Nader’s assertion that there is no difference between Democrats and Republicans was “irresponsible” and “insane.”

    So it appears his opinion of Ralph hasn’t changed over 4 years. Or 8.

    As for his views on 9/11 truth, if you listen to his “Ring of Fire” radio show frequently, any time someone brings up 9/11 being an inside job, RFK Jr. shuts them right down.

    On Mayy 10, 2008, Kennedy did an interview with Phillip Shenon, author of the book “TheCommission,” which calls the validity of the 9/11 Commission into dispute. In that interview, Kennedy basically laughs at the 9/11 Truthers. (And boy did it piss some people off!)

    Here’s the MP3:http://www.ringoffireradio.com/video/RF%20051008%20hour%203%20Kevin%20Phillips%20Phillip%20Shenon.mp3

    Here’s the video:

    Like a lot of people, my jaw dropped when I heard him dissing the 9/11 Truth movement. Some of them may be annoying and loud, but all they really want are answers to some reasonable questions. I don’t think they deserve to be laughed at.

    Maybe he’s just saying what he thinks he has to say so he won’t alienate Democrats in the mainstream, or maybe he really believes that the Trade Centers really fell down because they were hit by airplanes. I’ve also heard him endorse the 9/11 Commission report and suggest that we should implement more of it’s findings. So he seems a bit contradictory there, I will admit.

    Hope this helps clarify RFK’s position on these issues, Jack. Let me kn ow if you have questions.

  11. Sunyata

    I heard the interview back in May when it first aired. I ws furious and posted the following comments for Mr. Kennedy at GoLeft:

    “your guest is disingenuous, at best, regarding the inconsistencies of 911. I found myself gasping for breath listening to you dis those of us who believe something other than the official story had to have taken place.

    I suggest some due diligence on your part to seriously investigate scientifically validated hypotheses put forth by physicists and other professionals involved in the broadly labeled “911 Truth Movement”.

    Your guest’s explanation of WTC7’s “collapse” is directly contradicted by building-owner Larry Silverstein’s own video-taped and broadcast admission that the building was “pulled”. That is: brought down by controlled demolition. This video has had over 4.8 MILLION views: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8n-nT-luFIw&feature=related

    I think it would be worth your time to watch it and form your own conclusions. ”

    If Mr. Kennedy reads this blog, I hope he will watch the video link above and think about it.


    We just want the truth. Is that so funny, Bob?

  12. 9/11 = Inside Job

    All that most people in the 9/11 truth movement have ever wanted is answers to their questions. They ask serious questions and the sceptics just divert to implausible conclusions that avoid answering the question. I.e why would someone purposely demolish WTC7? I don’t know, but that’s not what was asked. I do know that there has never been a case where a building that looks like it was brought down by a controlled demolition wasn’t a controlled demolition. See if you can find even a single reference to the collapse of WTC7 in the 9/11 Commission report. NIST can’t even explain it.

  13. Jack Mosel

    Reply to Editor: Thank you for the recent clarification on where RFK, Jr. stands today on two fronts. First front was where he re-establishes his non-alignment with Ralph Nader. Second, his non-support for the “inside job”or the “crazy left”…

    This is enlightening to me… and not in a good way I’m afraid.

    We’ve heard alot about “party unity” recently. In light of the massive attention to real Americans, desperate for a real leader and in light of information available via internet resources which are too many to refute legitimacy Re: events of 9/11, I am scratching my head in disbelief that a progressive with a legacy of anti-establishment like RFK,Jr. would not be aligned with the outcry and sentiment of those of us who see clearly through the horse shit we’ve been handed about 9/11… I am disturbed (to the core) that RFK,Jr would laugh off or discredit the “truthers”… It’s the message, not the messengers Mr. Kennedy.
    Words… like ‘Cronies’, ‘Fascists’, ‘insiders’, ‘Neo-Cons’, ‘NWO’s’ and ‘corruption’. All have been used by Mr. Kennedy to ilicit support for what he believes as is the case in Washington today and in the past… did I mention ‘Toady’…

    Words, I’m afraid are beginning to sound like what I’ve been handed from RFK,Jr. if what he feels about ‘truthers’ is really how he feels about the issues regarding the obvious cover-up about 9/11.

    There is so much ‘material’ out there to support inconsistancies about 9/11, that I find it disturbing that he either can’t or wont get behind what is probably the most fertile ground for establishing the fact that ENEMIES FROM WITHIN have taken hold of our once proud country (as our forefather’s predicted).
    Kennedy… That iconic name, is synonomous within our souls with assasination, tragedy,cover-up and patriot…. That’s why I’m here. That’s why I attach my time thoughts and soul to this board. That’s why I held out for hope. I cannot be comforted actually… It ain’t about a platform anymore.. It ain’t about a dream anymore. It ain’t about a super-hero anymore. Fighting for the environment is one thing… I do that already, fighting against a real American movement is quite another, given that in anytime in our countries’ history.. if we take our eyes off the prize (for one second) we can lose everything we stand for…

    I feel now that the bigger picture for RFK,Jr has us as been written off as a casualty from the events of 9/11/2001. How else can I put it? I’m shocked and I feel like I’ve been played… Sorry, to those I’ve ‘bled’ with over the past almost two years… I cannot accept environmental championship over political acceptance that I’m to be made to feel that 9/11/2001 was anything less than an act of treachery and traitorous at the highest levels of our government… We’re under attack from enemies within.
    Kennedy is connected at the highest orders… He if anyone should know what it’s all about to have first hand information, probably better than anyone of us searching on the internet, about inconsistencies surrounding 9/11.

    Why Bobby, Why? Who got to you? Who told you you would be valuable to “them”? How did they do it to you?… They killed your Father, They Killed your Uncle, they Killed your cousin… You can’t drink their potion! You are one of us.. or at least I thought so…

    Sorry about the policy of “the board”… I’ve been writing on this thing for a long time now.

    9/11 is not ‘up for grabs’ for me… I want 9/11 and environmental stewardship and open government and accountablility from rule of LAW and a restoration of MY CONSTITUTION! If I can handle the truth, why can’t an iconic man who has the generations of greatness in his blood… a true American Patriot’s blood running in his veins share this reality with me as well!!!

    9/11 WAS AN INSIDE JOB! If this is the last thing I say on this board after much of my soul has been shared here, then so be it…
    Do you who read this stuff cry when you see those towers fall and hear those people scream… I do (still) and I always will.

    Building 7 Mr. Kennedy, it isn’t up for grabs either…. You sir are either “WITH US… OR YOUR WITH THE ENEMY!”

    again, sorry about the policy of the board, this may be my last post here.. I feel I may have lost my hero… I know where another one is though(VENTURA, PAUL, NADER), but I really liked the one I had.Peace

  14. Gregg

    I’m for Nader. Period.

    He’s the best chance we’ve got now to restore our Constitution and our Republic.


  15. The response to this story has been overwhelming, and thanks to all the Nader and Paul supporters who read this blog and post their thoughts.

    Jack, your sentiment is shared by a lot of people, and of course you are always welcome here. You’ve been one of our top posters for a long time, and you never attacked Mr. Kennedy personally, you just respectfully disagree. You bring facts and provide links to more info, and we always appreciate that.

    So I hope you will stay with us here. Scheduled for this Sunday, we have an in-depth article on the subject of Kennedy and 9/11 you’ll probably want to read. Also tune in tomorrow when our week of paying tribute to third-party, independent and maverick candidates concludes with a profile of Cynthia McKinney, who is a staunch critic of the government’s role in 9/11.

  16. Allison

    I am a big fan of RFK Jr, often listening to his radio show and visiting goleft.tv. I, like a lot of his other fans, was shocked and dismayed that he endorsed the pro-war, pro-corporate Hillary Clinton. At the time, I thought he would have endorsed John Edwards or Dennis Kucinich. Clinton seemed so status-quo to me. Unlike Edwards, she never apologized for her Iraq war vote. Many of us believe Bobby wanted his dad’s senate seat. This was the first time I felt disappointed in RFK Jr.

    I am also dismayed at the way he slammed Ralph Nader. Bush STOLE the 2000 election. The people that voted for the Green Party that year were fed up with the two-party system. Seeing how the Dems have enabled Bushco, I think being independent or Green may be the way to go.

    But, you know, I still like RFK Jr. He is human and not perfect. I still think he’s a brilliant and passionate man. And, yes, he’s pro-life. There are Democrats who are pro-life. He is a devout Catholic. I have never heard him say he wants to overturn Roe v. Wade. He has a right to personally be against abortion, as long as he doesn’t impose his personal religious beliefs on other people.

  17. johnofsilence

    Open the debates! First one is Friday!

    I’m not a bot, I know you care about the democracy of our government, so we need to get this done. There are 6 Presidential candidates this year all of which are qualified and capable of winning, so why are there only 2 people on the debate! Bigotry, two party bias! Let’s flood the email inbox and the phone lines with: Open the Debates.

    It takes 5 mins. Please help me make a difference . Below is a script but please feel free to appropriately modify it to support your candidate .

    Step one:

    Call Barack Obama at 866-675-2008.
    Hit 6 to speak with a campaign volunteer.
    Once connected, politely deliver the following message:

    Hi, my name is …

    I was wondering if Senator Obama, being a believer in equal opportunity and equal rights, could insist that Ralph Nader and other ballot qualified third party candidates be included in the upcoming Presidential debates?
    After all, Nader is on 45 state ballots.
    And he’s polling well nationwide. And he could help Senator Obama challenge the corporate Republicans.
    True, Ralph would critique Senator Obama for his corporate ties also. But isn’t that what democracy is about? Could you please leave this message for the campaign manager? Thank you.

    Step two:

    E-mail Janet Brown jb@debates.org, the executive director of the Commission on Presidential Debates.

    Here’s a sample e-mail:

    Dear Janet Brown:

    Greetings. You must be busy. Preparing for the first Presidential debate this Friday. So, I won’t take much of your time. Just wanted to let you know that the American people were not born yesterday. We know the deal. Take that little private corporation that you run. Controlled by the two corporate parties. And funded by big business. For the purpose of excluding independent minded candidates. Friday, two Wall Street candidates are scheduled to be in the ring. Barack Obama and John McCain. The one candidate who represents the American people, Main Street, if you will, will be on the outside looking in. So, here’s a simple request. Drop your exclusionary restrictions. And let Ralph Nader into the debates.
    It will be good for your conscience. Good for the American people. (I believe it was The League of Women Voters that called your corporatized debates “campaign-trail charades devoid of substance, spontaneity, and honest answers to tough questions.”) And good for democracy. Let the American people have a real debate for once. Main Street vs. Wall Street.

    Thank you.

    your name.

  18. David J.

    There is no love lost between Kennedy and Nader. They’ve been at odds for a long time. I remember them feuding back during the 2000 election.

    Nader wrote this letter to the Ny times in response to RFK Jr. attacks on him:

    To the Editor:

    Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s Aug. 10 Op-Ed article taking me to task is deeply flawed by his erroneous premise and conclusion.

    First, I have indicated that there are ”few major differences” between the two parties, not that there is ”no difference between Mr. Gore and Mr. Bush,” as Mr. Kennedy wrote.

    Second, I have never said that I would vote for George W. Bush, whom I have strongly criticized across the country, if forced to choose between him and Al Gore. Indeed, I have never stated for whom I have ever voted or expect to vote since the 1960’s, though it can be assumed that I will vote for the Green Party candidates this year.

    Washington, Aug. 10, 2000

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