Winsted, Connecticut (The Adobo Chronicles) – Ralph Nader is a five-time candidate for president of the United States. In 1992, he was a write-in candidate in the New Hampshire Democratic primary. In 1996 and 2000, he was the nominee for the Green Party. In 2004 and 2008, he ran as an independent candidate.
Now, Nader, 80, is ready to be the standard bearer for the Tea Party and this is making the Republican Party stalwarts nervous about their chances of securing the presidency in 2016.
That Nader is running again, or that he has embraced the Tea Party, is not the big news. Rather, it is the fact that the political activist, author, lecturer and attorney is very conflicted about whom he will choose as his vice presidential running mate. He has narrowed down his choices to three — all women: former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann and Arizona Governor Jan Brewer.
In an exclusive interview with The Adobo Chronicles, Nader said that having a woman as his running mate is crucial, given that the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee is Hillary Clinton. “We need to ensure that we have the support of women voters,” he said.
Explaining his conflicted mind, Nader added that “all three women are recognized leaders and have the political experience on both the state and national levels. I am very impressed with their bold and intelligent stance on issues important to the voters — from immigration, to health care, to gay rights. They are all model soccer moms. Any of the three would be a darling of the religious and conservative right as well as the sparsely-populated states in the south and midwest.”
“In terms of media appeal, they represent the spectrum of endearing personae. They are all great public speakers and it’s hard to choose among Palin’s high-pitch tone to Brewer’s baritone voice to Bachmann’s nasal sound. It all boils down to who is the most telegenic of the three,” Nadal said with a wink in his eye.
Nader is expected to announce his decision by the fall this year. “The early bird catches the worm,” he joked. It was not clear which of the three women he was referring to when he made the joke.