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Ralph Nader
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Born: Feb. 27, 1934
Winsted, CT.
Single. Congregationalist.
Attorney. Founder of numerous consumer groups.
Graduated from Princeton in 1955 and Harvard Law School in 1958.
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Has run for president twice.
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Ralph Nader

Ralph Nader joined the presidential campaign on February 22, 2004. H acknowledges that it will be difficult to get his name on the ballot in all 50 states in his independent bid for the presidency. Nader, whom Democrats blame for costing Democrat Al Gore the election in 2000, lacks major party support or resources for his candidacy that has riled the Democratic Party. Unlikely to get the Green Party nomination, he faces an uphill battle to get on the ballot, which requires money and signatures. Nader rejects the spoiler label as a "contemptuous" term used by those who want to deny voters a choice. Declaring Washington a "corporate-occupied territory," he accuses both Democrats and Republicans of being dominated by corporate lobbyists who care little about the needs of ordinary Americans.

Laura Bush's political prominence reflects her popularity
First lady Laura Bush, in a rare foray into foreign policy, will present her husband as a commanding warrior against terrorism in a prime-time convention speech Tuesday night that highlights his leadership in "the most historic struggle my generation has ever known." Mrs. Bush has become a very active campaigner for her husband in recent months.
Bush and Kerry's economic plans
Even though a recent Pew Research Center poll shows national security weighs heavier on most Americans' minds than the economy, it's also clear that money matters to voters. But what are George W. Bush and John Kerry actually proposing to do in terms of economic policy? We ask two economists to compare the candidates' plans.
Republicans praise Bush's handling of terrorism; delegates approve platform
Republicans belittled Democratic Sen. John Kerry as a shift-in-the-wind campaigner unworthy of the White House on Monday, opening their national convention four miles from Ground Zero of America's worst terrorist attack. "We need George Bush more than ever," said former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
A brief history of the Republican Party
As the Republicans convene in New York City for their national convention we sit down with two historians and trace the transformations the party has gone through from Abraham Lincoln to George W. Bush.
Minnesotans join thousands of others in New York protest
A busload of Minnesotans joined a protest by tens of thousands of people in Manhattan on Sunday as Republicans streamed into the city for their national convention.
Minnesota Bush supporters in NY for GOP convention
As the Republican National Convention begins in New York City, 41 delegates and 38 alternates from Minnesota will gather at Madison Square Garden. For about two-thirds of the Minnesota delegates, this is their first national convention. Many have significant roles in the Bush-Cheney campaign, and the delegation is united in its support for President Bush and his reelection bid.
Kerry campaign goes after undecideds
Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry on Thursday laid out his plans for addressing the increasing cost of health care at a forum at Anoka Technical College. But health care wasn't the only issue on the minds of the audience. Kerry's scheduled 45-minute appearance expanded to nearly two hours as he tackled questions that veered well beyond the topic of the day.
Kerry comes to Minnesota
Senator John Kerry talked about health care in comments carried live from Anoka Technical College. He followed with a question and answer session with the audience reportedly including undecided voters. Meanwhile, questions still surround the connections between the campaigns and independent advocacy groups.
Kerry and Bush offer dramatically different health care proposals
President Bush and Democratic challenger John Kerry have radically different approaches to addresses the rising cost of health care. President Bush would direct most incentives to individuals who buy their own coverage, while Sen. Kerry would provide businesses that provide workers with health insurance with tax breaks.
Ralph Nader in Sioux Falls
Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader spoke to some 250 supporters in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on August 24. He gave a wide-ranging policy speech outlining his positions on everything from the war in Iraq to the threat of a new flu epidemic. He also spoke out against Democratic efforts to keep him off the ballot in many states, saying John Kerry would be "presented with a mini-Watergate" if he didn't rein in his supporters.
Third parties and independent voters
What role will Ralph Nader play in this year's presidential election? What's the future of Minnesota's Independence party in the post-Ventura era? We talk with the former chairs of Minnesota's Green and Independence parties about the role third parties and independent voters will play in upcoming local and national elections.
Nader brings campaign to South Dakota
Ralph Nader says the only way to change government is to get involved. Nader spoke in Sioux Falls Tuesday night. He talked for more than two hours, criticizing corporate greed, the Bush administration and the war in Iraq. Nader says historically, the nation's best laws have been a reaction to citizen outrage.
The battleground within the battleground
When Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry comes to Minnesota to campaign Thursday, he's going to the Anoka Hennepin Technical College in Anoka County. Why Anoka County? Most likely because it's a key swing county in what both Republicans and Democrats see as a key swing state.
Talk of Minnesota: John Kerry's 1971 anti-war testimony
In April of 1971, John Kerry gave a speech before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations about war crimes that other soldiers serving in Vietnam allegedly committed. That testimony is the focus of a new Swift Boat Veterans for Truth ad that claims Kerry "dishonored his country and more importantly the people he served with." We play the ad alongside Kerry's testimony, and then we open the phone lines to get listeners' reactions.
War on the campaign trail
Debate over the presidential candidates' war service has refreshed the divide over the Vietnam War. Midmorning takes a look at war as a campaign issue and factor in presidential elections.

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