Jewish World Review Sept. 13, 2004 / 27 Elul, 5764
Election may not be close enough to wreck, Nader fears
Considers dropping out of race
Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader is “seriously considering” dropping out of the 2004 presidential contest amid fears that the election “may not be close enough to wreck,” Mr. Nader confirmed today.
Speaking in Washington, a sober-sounding Mr. Nader said that current polls showing President Bush holding a double-digit lead over Democratic challenger John Kerry suggest that the election “might not be within spoiling range.”
“I entered this race for one reason and one reason alone: to ruin it,” Mr. Nader said. “If, at the end of the day, I determine that this election is not close enough for me to wreck, I will do the only sensible thing and drop out.”
Mr. Nader continued: “There comes a time in every spoiler’s career when he must look at himself in the mirror and say, do I honestly have a chance to spoil this election, and that time, I’m afraid, is now.”
Mr. Nader’s announcement came even as national polls show that he still commands the support of 87% of voters who describe themselves as deluded bananaheads.
Alison Hefland, a junior at Oberlin College who took a semester off to work for Mr. Nader, said today, “If Ralph drops out now, I know a lot of fellow bananaheads will be totally alienated from the political process,” adding, “I haven’t felt so betrayed since Kucinich dropped out.”
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