Third party candidate Ralph Nader says he’s tired of being used as a political pawn by both the Republican and Democratic Parties. Nader, during a campaign stop in Iowa, said the tactics used by the Bush and Kerry teams could come back to haunt them. He tells the two major parties to “get off our back and stop entangling us in your insidious schemes” and cautions republicans to beware what they wish for, saying an increasing number of republicans are “furious with Bush over the deficits” as well as the “big government snooping Patriot Act,” NAFTA and WTO and hundreds of billions in corporate subsidies. Nader says the struggle for justice must never be put on adjournment. Nader says he has a 40-year record trying to advance the health, safety and well-being of the American people, and says progressive values nourished by the “great farmer-populist progressive revolt over 100 years ago” should give way to an attitude of “vote for the least worst of the two parties.” Nader says the Democrats are sending the wrong message to voters in their attempt to unseat Bush. Nader calls the Democratic party stupid, saying they should be “landsliding” George W-Bush but are sliding in the polls because they’re advised by consultants and have forgotten to stand up for workers and consumers, for patience and for peace, and for small farmers. Nader, speaking Friday in Mason City, says people are incorrectly calling him “the spoiler” of the 2004 race.When you run for office, you’re trying to get votes from the other person, he points out, so “we’re all spoilers,” and says Bush is creating a lead over Kerry that probably has other problems on his mind. Nader is on the ballot in 34 states, mostly as an independent candidate. In 2000, Nader ran in Florida as the Green Party candidate and garnered around 97-thousand votes, more than the 537 vote margin that George W. Bush had over Al Gore.
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