HE'S IN HE'S OUT

"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

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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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