There is still no definite word as to whether Ralph Nader will toss his hat into the 2004 presidential ring. We do know this, however: If Nader runs, it will be as an Independent candidate, and not as the Green Party nominee.
Green Party co-chair Ben Manski told CNN that he was disappointed by the consumer advocate’s decision and added that Nader didn’t offer any clear reasons for not sticking with the Greens.
“He’s holding a lot very close to his chest,” Manski said. Manski said he told Nader he thought it was a poor decision that would weaken both Nader and the Green Party’s chances in the election if he were to run as an independent.
Nader did not return CNN’s calls seeking comment on the report. A spokeswoman at his presidential exploratory committee referred calls for Nader to the Green Party.
As of now, the progressive political party has a number of presidential candidates vying for its nomination: David Cobb, Paul Glover, Cynthia McKinney (not declared), Kent Mesplay, Carol Miller, Lorna Salzman, and — perhaps — former California gubernatorial candidate Peter Camejo. Whatever Democrats think about it (and what non-Democrat would or should care what they think, anyway?), should Nader run as an Independent, those of us Greens and Independents who are progressive on principle will have a choice of truly progressive candidates. Our odds of winning may be slim to none, but doing what is principle and right must be done no matter the chance of success. Dr. King said so.