(CNSNews.com) - Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader said on Tuesday that he may run for president again in 2012, adding that nothing will change in Washington whether Democrat Barack Obama or Republican John McCain becomes the next president.
Speaking at the National Press Club, Nader said he thinks Obama will win in a “landslide” and that Democrats will win a 60-seat-filibuster-proof majority in the Senate.
Nader’s candidacy in the 2000 election, in which he received 2.74 percent of the popular vote, caused some analysts to say he attracted votes that otherwise would have gone to Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore and thus tilted the election in favor of George W. Bush.
But in this presidential race, Nader said he did not think his candidacy would hurt either the Democrats or the Republicans, although he thinks he is attracting some McCain voters.
“When my name is in the poll, McCain’s name goes down, Obama’s name stays the same,” Nader explained when CNSNews.com asked him how it was possible that he was attracting more McCain voters than Obama voters, yet not assisting the Democratic Party in gaining the White House.
But “I don’t conclude anything” from that, Nader said. “That’s just what the polls say. They could be wrong.”
Nader said he favored neither Obama nor McCain.
In the 2004 election Nader won 0.38 percent of the popular vote.