"You go from . . . the bungling of the Bush administration, to the complicity of the Democrats in not stopping him on the war, stopping him on the tax cuts, getting a decent energy bill through, and you have to ask yourself, as a citizen: Should we elaborate the issues that the [parties] are not talking about?"

Consumer advocate Ralphs Nader, on why he is running for president


In New York, "we've demonstrated that an independent approach really can produce progress on the most critical issues, including the economy, education, the environment, energy, infrastructure and crime. . . .

"I am hopeful that the current campaigns can rise to the challenge by offering truly independent leadership."

-- Mayor Michael Bloomberg, on why he isn't running for president

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