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Friday, February 20, 2004

Fox News says Nader will run

NEW YORK — Ralph Nader, the consumer advocate who ran for president in 2000 as a Green Party candidate, will enter the 2004 race for the White House as an independent candidate, advisers told Fox News on Friday.

A formal announcement by Nader is expected this weekend.

"He's going to be discussing his role in the presidential election," Linda Schade, a spokeswoman for Nader's presidential exploratory committee, said of the man whose 2000 run is blamed by many Democrats for tilting a close election in favor of George W. Bush. "He's felt there is a role for an independent candidate to play."

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A Fox News poll released Friday shows that 58 percent of voters favor Kerry over Edwards. Only 21 percent of voters would back Edwards if an election were held today. There was a 5 percentage-point margin of error.

And when asked who would do a better job as a wartime president, 50 percent said Bush, according to the poll, while 38 percent said Kerry.

Kerry beat Bush when it came to who voters thought would handle the economy better, 47 percent to 40 percent.


With Nader now in the race, 43 percent said they would vote for Bush, 42 percent for Kerry and 4 percent for Nader.
Maybe the Deaniacs will flock to Nader. Is democracy messy, or what?