Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader announced today his own version of the Boston Marathon, a sprint across 21 cities and towns from Westfield to Sheffield across Massachusetts on Saturday -- what his campaign says will be the most stops ever in one day by a presidential candidate.
"We’re hoping for a big Nader voter turnout in Massachusetts – where Ralph got his third largest vote total (6.4 percent) in 2000," his campaign said.
Nader also announced that he'll air his first radio ads of the campaign, in 22 markets in 14 states.
In the ad, the long-time consumer activist criticizes the $700 billion bailout for the financial system that both Barack Obama and John McCain voted for as a sop to big corporations.
Nader is on the ballot in 45 states and the District of Columbia, and Nader's campaign said he could be "the deciding factor" in key swing states, including Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, and Colorado. Many Democrats certainly hope not, still blaming Nader for costing Al Gore the presidency in 2000.
Nader also announced today that he'll take part in a debate Thursday night in Washington, D.C., for third-party and other presidential candidates. Free and Equal Elections, the group hosting the debate, said that Constitution Party candidate Chuck Baldwin has also confirmed.
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