Ralph Nader is the newest presidential candidate, but he's already one step ahead: Today, he announced his running mate.
Matt Gonzalez has a leg up on Nader -- he has won an election. In 2000, he won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, becoming the first Green Party candidate to get elected in the city by the bay. The Texas-born activist and lawyer previously lost a race for district attorney in 1999, then lost a race for San Francisco mayor in 2003.
The newly minted independent ticket is to appear tonight at George Washington University for a speech on the evils of corporate America.
Nader, whom many Democrats blame for costing Al Gore the White House in 2000, has insisted he did not swing that race since announcing his fourth presidential bid on Sunday. He has also criticized Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama for voting to fund the war in Iraq and to increase the military budget opposing a single-payer, government-run healthcare system, supporting nuclear power, and for not advocating sweeping changes in US policy in the Middle East.
In the first two days of his candidacy, Nader exceeded his goal by raising nearly $57,000 from nearly 780 donors, according to his website.
The Center for Responsive Politics, a campaign finance watchdog, reported today that Nader raised $8.4 million as the Green Party standard-bearer in 2000 and $4.6 million in 2004 running as an independent.