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Nader: Obama a 'corporatist under a liberal sheen'

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Consumer advocate and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader said Monday that despite the perceived rancor between the two parties in Washington, there are actually very few substantive differences between them.

Apart from social issues, like abortion for example, the two parties still aren’t far apart on most major issues, Mr. Nader said.

“That’s where the focus of the media is — immigration, this division on that, for example,” he said on MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown.” “But on the domination of corporate power over our political economy, military industrial complex, Wall Street crashes the economy, they’re not that different. Their rhetoric may be different, [Massachusetts Sen.] Elizabeth Warren may be different, but generally speaking, the White House and the Congress are not that different.”

Mr. Nader said President Obama is “a corporatist under a liberal sheen. So therefore he never speaks out against corporate crime. He’ll go all the way to India to promote Harley-Davidson motorcycles, but he won’t go to Wall Street to put the wood to ‘em.”

“We got a no-fault government pursuing a no-fault corporate state — that’s not the American way,” Mr. Nader continued.

Mr. Nader told Politico recently that he’s looking to find 10 or so “enlightened” billionaires and multi-billionaires and encourage them to run for president.

“It’s fighting fire with fire,” he said Monday. “I mean, the system is a two-party tyranny, and third parties are starved; they’re excluded from debates, they’re pushed off ballots, they’re harassed, they’re litigated against. You know, I have some experience with that, and it’s just not going to work, at least on the first round. So we saw [Reform Party candidate Ross] Perot got 19 million votes even after he dropped out and came back in in 1992. Bloomberg could have turned it into a three-way race.”

He said his suggestion was not for billionaire candidates to necessarily go all the way to November, but said, “They can change the agenda in the primary, or they can go independent and change the agenda.”

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