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GM gave us Ralph Nader -- and hence George W. Bush

To the editor: I'm old enough to vividly remember relishing General Motors President James M. Roche's sanctimonious mea culpa in 1966 after the revelation of his company's harassment of the then-unknown Ralph Nader. But no one then could have imagined the long-term results of that wooden-headed action. ("GM ignition switch scandal unlikely to spur safety reforms," Op-Ed, July 28) Nader's book, "Unsafe at Any Speed," in which he condemned the Corvair, became a bestseller. Nader became a celebrity icon, which in turn led him to run for president in 2000, siphoning off enough Florida votes to put George W. Bush in the White House. If President Bush...

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