Nader may syphon votes or be non-player

Project: Reader Reaction

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about Ralph Nader’s bid for president. Some responses:

“I voted for Nader in 2000. I had hopes of seeing something different in the executive branch of the federal government rather than the two major parties, which have reached the point of almost being indistinguishable from each other.
“When I heard Nader was thinking about getting into the fray this year I thought, ‘Aw man, stay out.’ Alas, he didn’t. Another ego that will not be assuaged.
“Nader will siphon off votes from the Democrats, thus increasing the probability of a Bush win.”
— Brent McBee, Clovis

“Ralph Nader supports gay marriage, gun control and abortion. He hates any vehicle that can tow a boat and campaigns for the rights of feminists and illegal aliens. He also likes to take tax money from the working man and give it to the lazy welfare recipients. I don’t think he’ll be stealing any Republican votes anytime soon.”
— Richard Lopes, Clovis

“It surely will damage the Dems more. Turn about is fair play; H. Ross Perot’s candidacy peeled off enough votes from George H. W. Bush to give Clinton the office in l992.”
— Harold Burris, Clovis

“Ralph Nader will have some affect on the election; how much I don’t know. Since he has run for office several times, I feel most people no longer consider Mr. Nader a serious contender.”
— Frank Dalton, Clovis

“I don’t think I have ever heard of Ralph Nader. I know it is sad, but it is true. I could not say if his candidacy would affect anything because I do not know what points he stands on.”
— Amy Graves, Clovis

“If the voting trends from the 2000 election — 47 percent of Nader supporters said they would have voted for Gore had Nader not run — repeats then the Democrats could possibly be hampered by Nader’s entry into the election, contrary to our governor stating his entry is an ‘ego’ thing.”
— David Burke, Clovis

“Ralph, what are you thinking? Maybe we can get Ross Perot to join the fray.”
— Christy Mendoza, Clovis

“There might be some Republicans that would prefer him over Bush. As for the Democrats, I doubt they will be as stupid as they were the last time around.”
— Mac McDonald, Clovis

“As far as I’m concerned we need to keep the president we have right now. I’ve always said one term as president is not enough to accomplish anything. Unfortunately President Bush took office at a terrible time and his popularity has faded considerably, (which is) totally understandable. With what we seem to have in the running for president right now makes me want to cringe. God help us all!”
— Michael Williams, Clovis

“I think Mr. Nader’s vain attempt to run for president will hurt the Democrats the most. No different than the last time he ran and kept Mr. Gore from becoming president.”
— Jeff Greene, Clovis

“Since Ralph Nader is not supported by the Independents or the Green Party, his chance are slim. With that said, it could affect the outcome as it did the last time — but for which party remains a mystery.
“In the past few days, the Democrats were really trying to make sure he didn’t make his announcement so the swing could go with the Republicans. People may see it as the Democrats didn’t want a third person in the race and that might turn some away from the Democrats. Again, it will remain a mystery.”
— Charles Hemphill, Clovis

“It would not hurt either one of the other candidates as he would probably be the lesser of the three evils, so to speak. Speaking from working in the government, I can say … it would behoove us to keep Bush in, running things.”
— Gerald Majewski, Clovis

“Ralph Nader’s candidacy will hurt the Democrats as it did last election. Most third-party voters are from the far left.”
— John Frey, Clovis

“Ralph Nader didn’t hurt either party in 2000 and he won’t in 2004. I’ve been a registered Republican for over 40 years but I voted for Nader in 2000 — not because I believed in him but because I knew he couldn’t win. The winner was going to be the Republican or Democratic candidate, both of which I considered to be bad for the nation. I didn’t want to take the chance that I would end up voting for a winner that was destined to be a loser for the nation.”
— Auggie Jones, Clovis