Interestingly, in a recent Times/Bloomberg poll, it appears that Nader will be taking away more votes from McCain than from Obama:
Both Nader — a consumer advocate who was the Green Party candidate in 2000 and an independent candidate in 2004 — and former Rep. Barr (R-Ga.) appear to siphon more votes from McCain than from Obama. When Nader and Barr are added to the ballot, they draw most of their support from independent voters who said they would otherwise vote for the Republican.
The same poll has Obama leading McCain by 12 points in a 2 man contest and Obama leading by 15 points when it goes to a 4 man contest including Barr and Nader.
The Nader/Gonzalez newsletter yesterday challenged Obama on 3 particular issues for which Obama has had only sad excuses for answers so far:
One, why don’t you support single payer national health insurance, which is supported by a majority of doctors and the American people?
Two, why do you favor expanding the military budget which is replete with waste, fraud and abuse?
And three, why don’t you come out and support an immediate increase of the minimum wage to $10 an hour?
This all stemmed from this exchange:
Obama, responding at a press conference Wednesday in Chicago, said: “What’s clear is, Ralph Nader hasn’t been paying attention to my speeches,” and offered his view of Nader’s motivation for making such remarks.
“Ralph Nader’s trying to get attention,” Obama said. “He’s become a perennial political candidate. I think it’s a shame, because if you look at his legacy … it’s an extraordinary one. … At this point, he’s somebody who’s trying to get attention, whose campaign hasn’t gotten any traction.”
Nader, in turn, maintained his stance – “Sen., Obama said earlier today that I haven’t been paying attention to his campaign.,” Nader said in a statement issued last night. “Actually, I have.
“And it’s clear from Sen. Obama’s campaign that he is not willing to tackle the white power structure,’ he said, “whether in the form of the corporate power structure or many of the super-rich — who are taking advantage of 100 million low-income Americans who are suffering in poverty or near poverty.”