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Ralph Nader suggests ‘slate’ of Obama primary opponents

Consumer advocate Ralph Nader has a new model for challenging President Obama from the left in 2012.

Nader proposes to assemble a group of Democratic primary candidates to take Obama to task on a variety of issues.

The press would ignore one lesser-known candidate, Nader told The Daily Caller, but an unorthodox “slate” of candidates would attract more attention.

“So you have to have several people of distinguished backgrounds — different distinguished backgrounds — run as a slate in various primaries so that he can’t ignore someone who has a military-foreign policy background, environmental background, poverty-labor background. See what I mean?” Nader explained.

Nader said he was hesitant to support the candidacy of former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel, who told TheDC in early August that he would enter the primary if supporters raised $1 million. 

“I had good things to say about him in ’08, but right now I’m focusing on this slate idea,” Nader said. “He could run against Obama and the press completely ignores him and he doesn’t get any debate with him.” (RELATED: Gravel names his price: $1 million to challenge Obama)

“It doesn’t work because he can be completely marginalized,” Nader said of a possible Gravel candidacy. “We’re not interested in just having someone on the ballot who doesn’t get a paragraph in the press. And he knows what that’s all about. He’s experienced it.”

In July, Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders said during a radio interview, “I think it would be a good idea if President Obama faced some primary opposition.” Nader then took up the challenge of finding a candidate.

In an August interview, Nader told TheDC that he would not personally run for president in 2012, but estimated that “the chances of there being a challenge to Obama in the primary are almost 100 percent.”

Sanders’ office has repeatedly declined TheDC’s requests for comment on specific primary candidates, including Gravel, and the senator has publicly acknowledged that he doesn’t know who would run.

Nader, an environmental advocate who ran as a Green Party candidate for president in 2000, offered high praise for protesters holding a daily vigil outside the White House against the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline from Canada.

“It’s going to become a historic marker in the history of environmental activities,” he proclaimed.

Nader said he’ll be joining the protests soon, but he won’t join the growing list of well-known Americans arrested for a sit-in.

“No. I’m a writer, like you,” he said.

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  • Jagraham

     
     
    We could all learn from this church and this Deacon! 
    God’s Blessings
     
    Subj: Fw: The Living Bible
     
     
    Now this isthe Living Bible: His name is Bill. He has wild hair, wears a T-shirt with holes in it,jeans, and no shoes. This was literally his wardrobe for his entirefour years of college.He is brilliant. Kind of profound and very, very bright. He became a Christian while attending college.Across the street from the campus is a well-dressed, very conservative church. They want to develop a ministry to the students but are notsure how to go about it.One day Bill decides to go there. He walks in with no shoes, jeans, hisT-shirt, and wild hair. The service has already started and so Bill starts down the aisle looking for a seat.The church is completely packed and he can’t find a seat. By now, people are really looking a bit uncomfortable, but no one says anything.Bill gets closer and closer and closer to the pulpit, and when he realizes there are no seats, he just squats down right on the carpet.By now the people are really uptight, and the tension in the air is thick.About this time, the minister realizes that from way at the back of the church, a deacon is slowly making his way toward Bill.Now the deacon is in his eighties, has silver-gray hair, and a three-piece suit.. A godly man, very elegant, very dignified, very courtly. He walks with a cane and, as he starts walking toward this boy, everyone is saying to themselves that you can’t blame him for whathe’s going to do.How can you expect a man of his age and of his background to understand some college kid on the floor?It takes a long time for the man to reach the boy.The church is utterly silent except for the clicking of the man’s cane.All eyes are focused on him.. You can’t even hear anyone breathing. The minister can’t even preach the sermon until the deacon does what he has to do.And now they see this elderly man drop his cane on the floor. With great difficulty, he lowers himself and sits down next to Bill and worships with him so he won’t be alone.Everyone chokes up with emotion.When the minister gains control, he says,’What I’m about to preach, you will never remember. What you have just seen, you will never forget.”Be careful how you live. You may be the only Bible some people will ever read!’