Ralph Nader

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Ralph Nader, who is making his third attempt to win the presidency, this time as an independent,was Monday's guest. Here are excerpts from his remarks:

On his plan to nudge Senator Kerry on the issues:

"I have described him ... as like a political accordian. The stronger citizen support or pressure on him, the better he becomes."

On how he may collaborate with Kerry against President Bush:

"Bush needs to be taken apart in ways the Democrats are not willing to. Number 1, he is sitting on the biggest, most wasteful, redundant military budget in American history."

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On Kerry and Iraq:

"The question is whether he is going to go through one of history's great ironies - that, having fought in the war in Vietnam and become one of the leaders against the war, he is now bogged down in the quicksands of Iraq."

On the Democratic party:

"The Democrats cannot be relied on to win exclusively anymore. They have been losing for 10 years to the worst of the Republican Party."

On Bush's character:

"We are dealing here with a basically unstable president. You have to understand that by just watching [the new book by] Bob Woodward.... We are dealing here with a messianic militarist. A messianic militarist, under our constitutional structure, is an unstable office- holder. Talk about the separation of church and state: It is not separated at all in Bush's brain, and this is extremely disturbing."

An expanded report is available at: http://blogs.csmonitor.com/cooks_capitol/

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