by Yunji de Nies

ABC News

May 24, 2008

from CommonDreams Website


Independent presidential hopeful Ralph Nader spoke outside the White House Friday, calling for the impeachment of President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.

Nader said the President has,

“dishonored the White House and brought a pattern of waste.”


“A wasteful defense is a weak defense and a weak defense, inspires waste,” Nader said.

Surrounded by a handful of supporters, holding signs which read “From Katrina to Iraq, Colossal Failure,” and “Resign Bush-Cheney, Like Nixon-Agnew,” Nader charged that the President and Vice President are currently committing five impeachable offenses, on a daily basis, including:

  • criminal use of offense against Iraq

  • condoned and approved systematic torture

  • arresting thousands of Americans — denying them habeas corpus and violating attorney/client privilege

  • signing 800 signing statements, precluding the president from actually having to follow the laws he signs

  • systematic spying on Americans without judicial approval

Nader also had criticism for the 2008 Democratic and Republican presidential candidates, calling Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., the “corporate candidates.”

Nader, 73, announced in February, 2008 that he is running for president again.

“If Democrats can’t landslide the Republicans this year, they ought to just wrap up, close down, emerge in a different form,” he said at the time, arguing that as president he would take on the “bloated military budget,” reform labor laws, repeal the Taft-Hartley Act, and target corporate crime.

Nader, has run for president as an independent in the past three presidential elections in 1996, 2000, and 2004. Many Democrats believe he was one of the reasons then-Vice President Al Gore lost the 2000 election to Bush.


Running on the Green Party ticket, Nader won more than 97,000 votes in Florida, where Gore ultimately lost to Bush by 537 votes.

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