Feb. 25, 2008
Statement on Ralph Nader’s Presidential Campaign
On Feb. 24, 2008, Ralph Nader declared his candidacy for president, and Public Citizen has been receiving inquiries about this. We are issuing this statement because there appears to be confusion about Mr. Nader’s role with Public Citizen.
Mr. Nader has no formal relationship with the organization and has not had any such relationship for years. He founded Public Citizen in 1971 to defend public health, safety and democracy, and we continue to be inspired by the principles he espoused. However, Mr. Nader stepped down as president of Public Citizen in 1980 and since then has not held any position or served on its board. Joan Claybrook has been president since February 1982.
Public Citizen is a nonprofit organization and does not endorse or support candidates. We therefore have no position on the candidacy of Mr. Nader or any other candidate. We are not associated with his campaign, nor were we in 2004 or 2000.
If you are a member of the press or public trying to reach Mr. Nader, you can find his contact information on his campaign Web site, www.votenader.org.