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CANDIDATE INFORMATION

Party

Independent

 

Home

53 Hillside Avenue, , Winsted, MN 06098 USA

Website

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Born

2/27/1934

Died

Alive

Database Record

Entered on 6/16/2005, Updated 12/5/2011

Biography

Ralph Nader is a consumer advocate, lawyer, author, and has been named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential Americans in the Twentieth Century. For over four decades Ralph Nader has exposed problems and organized millions of citizens into more than 100 public interest groups to advocate for solutions. His efforts have helped to create a framework of laws, regulatory agencies, and federal standards that have improved the quality of life for two generations of Americans. His groups were instrumental in enacting the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the Safe Drinking Water Act. In the past decade, Nader has dedicated himself to putting people back in charge of America’s democracy, launching three major presidential campaigns. Because of Ralph Nader we drive safer cars, eat healthier food, breathe better air, drink cleaner water, and work in safer environments. The Early Years Ralph Nader was born in Winsted, Connecticut on February 27, 1934, to Rose and Nathra Nader, immigrants from Lebanon. Ralph's family owned and operated the Highland Arms, a restaurant and gathering place for members of their small community. Nader and his three siblings grew up in an environment where current events and politics were discussed both around the dinner table and with customers at the family restaurant. There, it was said, for a nickel you would get a cup of coffee and ten minutes of politics. Taught to value social justice, Nader learned from a young age to be an active participant in the American democratic system. To avoid a repeat of three disastrous floods in the town's main street, Nader's mother once famously pressed then Senator Prescott Bush during a public gathering to pledge to build a dry dam by not letting go of his handshake until he had promised to build the dam. As Nader's father would often say, "If you do not use your rights, you will lose your rights." When Nader was ten, his father asked him: "Well, Ralph, what did you learn in school today? Did you learn how to believe or did you learn how to think?" In 1955 Ralph Nader received an AB magna cum laude from the Woodrow Wilson School of International Affairs Princeton University, with a major in East Asian studies, which afforded him the opportunity to study Chinese and Russian. In 1958, he received an LLB with distinction from Harvard Law School. After a six-month spell in the Army in 1959, Ralph traveled through Latin America, Africa, and Europe, where he gained first hand witness of the time's great social struggles and interviewed world leaders as a freelance journalist. He began practicing law in Hartford, Connecticut in 1959 and from 1961-63 he lectured on history and government at the University of Hartford. Consumer Advocate Nader's career as a public advocate started at the age of 31 with an article titled "The Safe Car You Can't Buy," which along with his subsequent book, Unsafe at Any Speed, documented safety defects in U.S. cars and criticized the automobile industry's safety practices, specifically targeting the Corvair. Helped by testimony from the CEO of General Motors that the company had hired a private detective to investigate Nader's private life, the book became a best seller. Nader subsequently sued GM for invasion of privacy and received $425,000 in an out-of-court settlement. He invested and used the money as a de facto philanthropic fund for his projects aimed at strengthening civil society. Nader's research on auto safety and his lobbying in Washington helped push Congress to pass the 1966 National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act. He also lobbied for the 1967 Wholesome Meat Act, which called for federal inspections of beef and poultry and imposed standards on slaughterhouses, the 1967 Freedom of Information Act and the 1970 Clean Air Act. In 1969, he helped found the Center for Study of Responsive Law (CSRL), a non-profit organization staffed mostly by college, graduate and law students. Those students became known as "Nader's Raiders" and studied and issued reports on a variety of consumer issues. In his career as consumer advocate he founded many organizations including the Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), the Center for Auto Safety, Public Citizen, Clean Water Action Project, the Disability Rights Center, the Pension Rights Center, the Project for Corporate Responsibility and The Multinational Monitor (a unique monthly magazine that keeps tabs on corporate behavior internationally). Presidential Candidate In the 1980's, with the election of President Reagan, powerful corporate interests gathered momentum and became increasingly assertive in the pursuit of their narrow interests, throwing up roadblocks to Nader's efforts to advance the well-being of the American people. With the two major parties dialing for the same dollars, their differences dwindled on most major issues (single-payer healthcare, living wage, replacing fossil fuels and nuclear with many practical variants of solar power, and a foreign policy that wages peace instead of war). After working for 40 years on behalf of the health, safety, and economic well being of the American people, Nader took stock of the situation: "I don't like citizen groups being shut out by both parties in this city -- corporate occupied territory -- not having a chance to improve their country." Never one to be stymied, Nader responded to the declining influence of civil society over elected representatives by entering the electoral arena himself, and is now on his third major presidential campaign aimed at reinvigorating America's democracy, in the best traditions of the suffragettes, labor party, and abolitionists of the 19th and early 20th century. When asked in 2004 if he was worried about his legacy being tarnished from the hurly burly of presidential politics, Nader responded: "Who cares about my legacy? My legacy is established. They're not going to tear seatbelts out of cars. I look to the future. That's the important thing." In an era when politicians sell us rhetoric and then sell out our principles, Nader stands out as one politician that can be counted on to never sell out. There can be no daily democracy without daily citizenship toward 'a new birth of freedom.' —Ralph Nader

Sources


NEWS

Date

Category

Headline

6/24/2013

News

Ralph Nader outlines 2016 plan

9/26/2012

Statement

Ralph Nader: President Obama’s a ‘war criminal’

9/19/2011

News

Ralph Nader praises Sarah Palin

3/21/2011

General

Nader: Impeach Obama for 'war crimes'

4/5/2010

Commentary

How the Corporations Broke Ralph Nader and America, Too

12/19/2009

News

Nader: Pres. Obama 'flunked' first year

10/26/2009

Op-Ed by Candidate

Rhetoric and Reality

10/20/2009

Speech

Ralph Nader still swinging at corporate America

10/13/2009

Interview

Nader: Federal Reserve "Doesn't Even Know How To Spell Consumer Protection" (VIDEO)

10/13/2009

Op-Ed by Candidate

CBO Report on Medical Malpractice Flawed

9/28/2009

Op-Ed by Candidate

Time for Citizens to Convene

9/24/2009

Review

This way to the future

9/21/2009

Profile

Novel Approach: Ralph Nader Turns to Fiction

9/4/2009

Op-Ed by Candidate

Words Matter

8/28/2009

News

Nader goes hollywood

8/20/2009

Statement

Nader asks McGuinty to suspend construction of controversial dump

8/3/2009

Op-Ed by Candidate

Purloining the People's Property

8/14/2009

Op-Ed by Candidate

"Now Make Me Do It"

7/2/2009

Op-Ed by Candidate

Ignoring Propethic Predictors

3/20/2009

Op-Ed by Candidate

What Can Bush Teach Us?

3/27/2009

Op-Ed by Candidate

Paying for the Deficit

4/3/2009

Op-Ed by Candidate

The Ones Who Got It Right

4/10/2009

Op-Ed by Candidate

CPAs MIA

4/21/2009

Op-Ed by Candidate

Bailout Indignation: How About a Test of Your Injustice Barometer?

12/2/2008

Op-Ed by Candidate

We Need a Global Carbon Tax

11/5/2008

General

Nader Criticized for 'Uncle Tom' Reference During Obama Discussion

11/3/2008

Commentary

Hedges: Only Nader Is Right on the Issues

10/28/2008

Interview

Ralph Nader: Why Small Business Owners Are the True Capitalists

10/28/2008

Op-Ed by Candidate

Two Bills That Would Change America

10/2/2008

Op-Ed by Candidate

Soulmates in Deregulation

9/26/2008

Commentary

Considering the Third Option

9/26/2008

Humor

The Obama Girl & Ralph Nader Show

9/25/2008

Interview

Onion A.V. Club Interviews Ralph Nader

9/17/2008

General

Rocky [Anderson]'s parrot campaigns with Nader

6/25/2008

Interview

Nader: Obama 'talking white'

6/20/2008

Analysis

Running For President and Against the Past: Ralph Nader

6/9/2008

Analysis

Nader runs a different race

5/14/2008

News

Nader calls U.S. "corporate fascism"

3/2/2008

General

Ralph Nader loves John McCain

2/28/2008

Speculative

Nader to Pick Gonzalez as Running Mate

2/28/2008

Opinion

Nader/Gravel 2008

2/25/2008

General

Bloomberg Says Nader Has Right To Run

2/24/2008

Announcement

Ralph Nader announces third-party run for president

7/27/2004

General

Nader to Crash Dems' Party?

6/22/2007

News

Nader Weighs Another Run for President

2/4/2007

News

Nader leaves '08 door open, slams Hillary

9/21/2006

News

Nader drops in on Albany; blasts Clinton

8/28/2005

General

Nader Wants Feds to Issue Ford Advisory

6/17/2005

Statement

Nader's very unpleasant N-gagement

5/31/2005

News

The 'I' word

11/7/2004

General

Nader Is Left With Fewer Votes, and Friends, After '04 Race

9/13/2004

Analysis

Kerry's Nader trap

9/4/2004

General

Nader Makes Utah Ballot

9/3/2004

News

Michigan Court Rules; Nader Will Be On Ballot

8/31/2004

Humor

Nader Blasts GOP for Taking Week Off From His Campaign

8/31/2004

News

Nader Gets on November Ballot in Florida for the Reform Party

8/13/2004

News

Democrats See Nader As a Menace on Margins

7/31/2004

News

Nader office shuts down as workers seek pay

7/29/2004

General

Nader raids gay votes

7/23/2004

Editorial

Nader's campaign is based on dishonesty

7/17/2004

Analysis

Radio Ad Attacks Nader Over GOP Support

6/26/2004

News

Nader Distinguishes Platform and Vows to Stay in the Race

6/21/2004

News

Nader selects Green Party activist as running mate

6/21/2004

News

Nader's running mate?

6/18/2004

Analysis

Nader and the Green Party's Presidential Choice for 2004

6/7/2004

Interview

Ralph Nader: Conservatively Speaking

5/17/2004

News

Nader Says Kerry Getting Free Advice

5/12/2004

News

Nader Wins Endorsement From Reform Party

5/11/2004

News

Ralph Nader Sues to Get on Texas Ballot

4/28/2004

Press Release

Democracy Failing in Texas

4/21/2004

News

Nader Campaign Qualifies for Federal Matching Funds

4/18/2004

News

Nader Says Kerry Will Be Better if Nudged

4/16/2004

News

Nader Wants Filmmaker Moore to Come Home

4/13/2004

News

Nader claims best record on gay rights issues

4/13/2004

News

Ralph Nader, Libertarians tell youths to brace for draft

4/6/2004

News

Nader Calls for Bush to Be Impeached

4/6/2004

News

Eclectic crowd hears Nader rail at parties

4/2/2004

Editorial

Spinning Nader in Ohio

4/2/2004

News

Nader a threat to Kerry, polls say Democrats fear independent

4/2/2004

News

Liberal leaders urge Nader to abandon bid

4/1/2004

News

Nader believes his campaign can help Kerry

4/1/2004

News

Nader Releases Letter to Americans

3/30/2004

News

Nader Advises Kerry to Loosen Up

3/30/2004

News

Nader clings to lonely quest

3/29/2004

News

Quirky election law helps Nader get on Oregon ballot

3/28/2004

News

Nader to meet with Kerry to help drive Bush from White House

3/28/2004

News

Nader rips GOP, Democrats

3/28/2004

News

Nader says US needs standard for third-party ballot access

2/25/2004

News

Nader Visits UT-Austin, TexasDemocrat06 Attends Speech

2/24/2004

News

Nader defies Democrat criticism

2/22/2004

Advertisement

Ralph Nader Announces Run for Presidency

2/20/2004

News

Nader to enter presidential race

2/15/2004

News

Campaign Notebook: Nader candidacy expected

1/28/2004

News

E-Mail From Nader 2004 Presidential Exploratory Committee

12/2/2003

News

Nader raises money for potential campaign

8/12/2003

Amusing

Ralph Nader Gets Pie In Face At SF Event

6/30/2003

News

Nader considering another try at White House in 2004

6/19/2003

General

Liberal pariah Ralph Nader flirts with new White House run


ELECTIONS

6/5/2012

US President - GRN Primary

G

Lost 0.01%

11/4/2008

US President - Popular Vote

I

Lost 0.56%

11/4/2008

Jefferson President

I

Lost 1.10%

8/2/2008

US President - PFP Convention

PFP

Won 51.69%

7/12/2008

US President - G Convention

G

Lost 14.34%

5/25/2008

US President - LBT Convention

LBT

Lost 0.10%

3/6/2008

CT US President - CFL Caucus

CfL

Lost 13.04%

3/4/2008

VT US President - LBU Primary

LBU

Lost 1.25%

3/4/2008

US President - GRN Primary

G

Won 53.51%

2/5/2008

CA US President - PFP Primary

PFP

Won 40.00%

11/2/2004

Guam US President

I

Lost 0.58%

11/2/2004

US President - Popular Vote

I

Lost 0.38%

9/26/2004

NY US President - IDP Convention

Ice

Won 95.40%

8/1/2004

US President - PFP Convention

PFP

Lost 25.00%

6/26/2004

US President - G Convention

G

Lost 10.47%

6/9/2004

US President - D Primaries

D

Lost 0.00%

6/1/2004

US President - G Primaries

G

Lost 0.34%

5/11/2004

US President - REF Nomination

REF

Won 62.22%

3/2/2004

MN US President - IP Caucus

MNI

Lost 9.57%

12/18/2000

US President - Electoral Vote

G

Lost 0.00%

11/7/2000

US President - Popular Vote

G

Lost 2.74%

9/24/2000

NY US President - IDP Convention

Ice

Lost 7.30%

6/25/2000

US President - G Convention

G

Won 92.48%

6/6/2000

US President - G Primaries

G

Won 91.08%

3/7/2000

CA US President - I Primary

G

Lost 4.28%

12/16/1996

US President - Electoral Vote

G

Lost 0.00%

11/5/1996

US President - Popular Vote

G

Lost 0.71%

8/19/1996

US President - G Convention

G

Won 100.00%

7/7/1996

US President - R Primaries

R

Lost 0.01%

7/1/1996

US President - D Primaries

D

Lost 0.06%

6/4/1996

US President - G Primaries

G

Won 97.91%

3/26/1996

US President - LBT Primaries

LBT

Lost 0.66%

3/26/1996

US President - REF Primaries

REF

Won 70.90%

3/26/1996

CA US President - PFP Primary

PFP

Lost 2.94%

2/20/1996

NH US Vice President - R Primary

R

Lost 0.28%

2/20/1996

NH US Vice President - D Primary

D

Lost 0.32%

7/1/1992

US President - R Primaries

R

Lost 0.03%

7/1/1992

US President - D Primaries

D

Lost 0.18%

2/18/1992

NH US Vice President - D Primary

D

Lost 1.90%

11/7/1972

US President National Vote

NP

Lost 0.00%

7/13/1972

US Vice President - D Convention

D

Lost 0.03%


FAMILY

Father

Nathra Nader

Mother

Rose Bouziane Nader


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