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Ralph Nader on Abortion
Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for other candidates on Abortion.
  • Threats to overturn Roe are “scare tactics”. (Nov 1)
  • Women should decide whether to use RU-486, not government. (Oct 1)
  • No government role; let women privately decide. (May 7)
  • Roe v Wade is safe; GOP must back off pushing it. (Feb 23)
Ralph Nader on Budget & Economy
Click here for 11 full quotes OR click here for other candidates on Budget & Economy.
  • 47 million full-time workers make less than $10 an hour. (Oct 26)
  • Use surplus to rebuild country & provide for communal needs. (Oct 1)
  • Top priorities: Infrastructure; poverty; preventive health. (Jul 23)
  • High gas prices are the fruit of corporate power. (Jun 29)
  • People indicators are down despite good economic indicators. (May 7)
  • Two-tiered economy is unhealthy & troubling. (May 7)
  • Allow citizen lawsuits for waste in govt spending. (Feb 21)
  • The economy is down, when measured by human yardsticks. (Feb 21)
  • Fed worries wrongly about wage inflation over profits. (Nov 1999)
  • Spend surplus on public works & infrastructure. (Jul 1999)
  • GNP fails to measure quality of life. (Dec 1995)
Ralph Nader on China
Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for 2 headlines on about Human Rights in China OR click here for other candidates on China.
  • Support human rights as cornerstone of US foreign policy. (Jun 25)
  • China & other dictatorships have no real free trade. (Jul 2)
Ralph Nader on Civil Rights
Click here for 9 full quotes OR click here for 5 headlines on about Gay Rights OR click here for other candidates on Civil Rights.
  • Truth and reconciliation commission for Native Americans. (Aug 9)
  • Disagrees with ACLU on spending money as free speech. (Feb 23)
  • Supports “impenetrable protection of privacy”. (Oct 1996)
  • Differentiate discriminatory justice from indiscriminate. (Oct 1996)
  • Political discourse narrows when media serves Mammon. (Dec 1995)

    Gay Rights

  • Nader supports gay marriage; but gay groups support Gore. (Nov 2)
  • Equal gay rights, including civil union. (Oct 1)
  • Supports Civil Union in Vermont and elsewhere. (May 7)
  • Long history of fighting in sexual politics. (Feb 23)
Ralph Nader on Crime
Click here for 11 full quotes OR click here for 4 headlines on about Death Penalty OR click here for other candidates on Crime.
  • Decreasing unemployment reduces crime; not enforcement. (Aug 14)
  • Death penalty does not deter. (Aug 9)
  • Moratorium on executions. (Aug 9)
  • Some executed by death penalty were innocent. (Jul 23)
  • Pollution & toxic exposure cause more deaths than homicide. (Jun 25)
  • Death penalty does not deter & is discriminatory. (Jun 25)
  • Focus on crime prevention instead of harsher sentences. (Jun 25)
  • Police must follow the law too. (May 16)
  • Product liability suits are a pillar of democracy. (Mar 1996)
  • Lawyers & victims need unlimited contingency fees. (Mar 1996)
  • Regulatory agencies are needed to fight corporate crime. (Dec 1995)
Ralph Nader on Defense
Click here for 14 full quotes OR click here for 4 headlines on about Armed Forces Personnel OR click here for other candidates on Defense.
  • Corporate welfare: taxpayers fund defense industry mergers. (Oct 9)
  • Deter wars by being attuned abroad. (Oct 8)
  • Kill F-22, Seawolf, Osprey, & other gold-plated weapons. (Oct 1)
  • Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is discriminatory against gays. (Sep 6)
  • SDI doesn’t work; money better spent elsewhere. (Jul 11)
  • Stop using weapons sales to determine foreign policy. (Jun 25)
  • Stop spending on unneeded weapons & non-existent enemies. (Jun 25)
  • Cut defense budget by $100B; time to demobilize. (May 7)
  • Stop unneeded defense of prosperous countries. (May 7)
  • Defense frameworks: how to wage peace while building weapons. (Feb 23)
  • Popular participation instead of corporate involvement. (Feb 23)
  • Supports Test Ban Treaty & arms control. (Feb 23)
  • Arms race is driven by corporate demand. (Feb 23)
  • F-22 aircraft is unneeded; and dangerous to fly. (Feb 23)
Ralph Nader on Drugs
Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for 7 headlines on about Farm Policy OR click here for other candidates on Drugs.
  • Failed War on Drugs endangers communities. (Oct 22)
  • Legalize marijuana, and treat addiction as a health problem. (Sep 9)
  • Treat hemp like poppy seeds, not like heroin. (Sep 6)
  • Remove industrial hemp from DEA drug list. (Jun 25)
  • Replace Drug War with treatment and alternative sentencing. (Jun 25)
  • Supports legalization of industrial hemp. (May 16)
  • Solution to addiction is information, not prohibition. (Oct 1994)
Ralph Nader on Education
Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for other candidates on Education.
  • Abandon standardized testing; focus on teaching civic skills. (Oct 8)
  • Invest in K-12 education; that will reduce poverty. (Jun 26)
  • Teach democratic principles & citizenship in schools. (Feb 21)
  • Kick Channel One & commercialism out of class. (May 1999)
  • Focus on civic & consumer education. (Oct 1996)
Ralph Nader on Environment
Click here for 26 full quotes OR click here for 3 older headlines OR click here for 9 headlines on from Nader's debate with Buchanan OR click here for other candidates on Environment.
  • Kyoto treaty is so watered down there’s nothing to fight for. (Nov 1)
  • Charge agribusiness for water; stop charging more to people. (Oct 22)
  • Mining companies get free mines for campaign contributions. (Oct 9)
  • Highway pork leads to sprawl, air pollution, global warming. (Oct 9)
  • Focus on family farms instead of large agribusiness. (Oct 9)
  • Drilling Alaska is a temporary fix for an inebriated system. (Oct 1)
  • U.S. farm policy should focus on family farmers. (Sep 22)
  • More renewables & more efficency to stave off global warming. (Jul 24)
  • Raise CAFE standards; treat SUVs like cars. (Jul 24)
  • End all commercial logging in National Forests. (Jul 24)
  • Head off a genetic engineering rampage. (Feb 23)
  • Protect whistleblowers on health, safety, & pollution. (Feb 21)
  • Corporate collectivism leads toward ecological disaster. (Feb 21)
  • Congress should revive energy policies before crisis. (Oct 1999)
  • Bold investment needed for public transportation. (Jul 1999)
  • More funds to maintain National Park system. (Jul 1999)
  • Promote energy independence to avoid foreign wars. (Oct 1996)
  • National corporate charters for environmental bankruptcy. (Mar 1996)

    Auto Safety

  • Auto safety devices are simple & cheap; but take years. (Oct 10)
  • Safety regulation works; but Auto Safety Agency sold out. (Oct 10)
  • More regulation for auto safety, with criminal penalties. (Oct 10)
  • Cancel R&D giveaways to auto industry; let them do it. (Oct 9)
  • Gore has given auto industry and other polluters a free ride. (Oct 1)
  • Motor vehicles are the greatest environmental hazard. (Feb 21)
  • DOT: Focus on safety and mass transit. (Oct 1996)
  • Automakers avoid replacing internal combustion engines. (Dec 1995)
Ralph Nader on Families & Children
Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for other candidates on Families & Children.
  • Democracy needs youth’s energy & participation. (Jun 25)
  • TV ads targeting kids are “electronic child molesting”. (Feb 23)
  • Corporate TV marketers are raising our kids. (Oct 1999)
  • National speed limit saves lives. (Mar 1996)
  • Commercial TV separates children from parents. (Dec 1995)
Ralph Nader on Foreign Policy
Click here for 9 full quotes OR click here for 3 headlines on about Cuba OR click here for other candidates on Foreign Policy.
  • Wage peace and anticipate conflicts abroad. (Oct 8)
  • Forget “hot spots”; ask “How did we get into this?”. (Jun 25)
  • Redefine national purpose to solve Third World scourges. (Jun 25)
  • Support foreign peasants instead of foreign dictators. (Jun 25)
  • Support social and economic justice across the globe. (Jun 25)
  • Assist Russia & Israel in moving towards better governments. (Jun 25)
  • Iraq: Trade sanctions strengthen Saddam. (May 16)
  • Selling arms is not a good way to conduct foreign affairs. (Feb 23)
  • Cuba: corporate sales of junk undermines their system. (Feb 23)
Ralph Nader on Free Trade & Immigration
Click here for 18 full quotes OR click here for 13 headlines on about Labor Policy OR click here for other candidates on Free Trade & Immigration.
  • Restrict IMF power, or abolish it. (Oct 9)
  • End export assistance; it’s corporate welfare. (Oct 9)
  • Renegotiate NAFTA & WTO “as if human beings mattered”. (Oct 8)
  • Subordinate the commercial to human rights, enviro, & labor. (Jul 2)
  • It’s not free trade; it’s corporate-managed trade. (Apr 28)
  • NAFTA failures: $50B Mexico bailout; 400,000 exported jobs. (Oct 1996)


  • Globalization is a betrayal of workers and environment. (Nov 6)
  • Seattle sparked movement to question corporate globalization. (Feb 23)
  • “Battle of Seattle” convinced president to reconsider WTO. (Dec 1999)
  • Global trade concentrates power & homogenizes the globe. (Dec 1999)
  • WTO’s “trade uber alles” hurts environment, health, & safety. (Dec 1999)
  • A growing movement: international labor rights. (Aug 1999)
  • Multinational corporations challenge democracy. (Oct 1994)


  • Don’t criminalize the border; but no open border either. (Oct 22)
  • Guest workers OK, with labor standards. (Oct 22)
  • Support democracy abroad so fewer will immigrate. (Oct 1)
  • Immigrants don’t come for welfare; restore safety net. (Jun 26)
  • Don’t blame immigrants for social and economic problems. (Jun 25)
Ralph Nader on Government Reform
Click here for 33 full quotes OR click here for 8 older headlines OR click here for 10 headlines on from Nader's book, Cutting Corporate Welfare OR click here for other candidates on Government Reform.
  • Bush & Gore are same corporate party; would impeach Clinton. (Nov 6)
  • Don’t waste your vote: Gore & Bush only marginally differ. (Oct 23)
  • Supreme Court nominees should have a sense of justice. (Aug 9)
  • Nader in debates will draw out the “priceless truth”. (Aug 9)
  • Justices need sense of justice & sense of history. (Jul 23)
  • Allow voting for “None of the Above”. (Feb 23)
  • Empower citizens via accurate information from govt. (Feb 21)
  • Reinvent democracy via new tools for citizen empowerment. (Feb 21)
  • Concentrated party power weakens democracy. (Feb 17)
  • Focus on anti-trust enforcement to help small business. (Oct 1996)
  • 100% publicly funded campaigns, by $100 tax checkoff. (Oct 1996)
  • Government delivers more service than people realize. (Dec 1995)

    Campaign Finance Reform

  • Green Party does not take PAC, soft, or corporate cash. (Oct 1)
  • No private money in public campaigns. (Aug 9)
  • Spending campaign money is not free speech. (Feb 23)
  • Public campaign finance; 12-year term limits. (Feb 21)
  • Public election financing, with free TV & radio time. (Feb 21)

    Corporate Welfare

  • Scrutinize even “good” corporate welfare which helps public. (Oct 9)
  • Corporate welfare is a function of political corruption. (Oct 9)
  • S&L bailout helped bankers & hurt consumers. (Oct 9)
  • Rules needed for examining & challenging corporate welfare. (Oct 9)
  • Disallow benefits to companies except for public purposes. (Oct 9)
  • Stadiums & other local tax abatements ignore small business. (Oct 9)
  • Federal regulation of state & local abatements & subsidies. (Oct 9)
  • Bailouts: require payback; practice prevention by regulation. (Oct 9)
  • Legislation to eliminate all corporate welfare. (Oct 9)
  • $1000 bounty for suing for abuse of corporate welfare. (Oct 9)
  • Big business influence hurts democracy. (Jun 25)
  • Corporate sponsorship turns debates into beer commercials. (Jun 20)
  • Corporate government has hijacked political leadership. (Feb 21)
  • States & the public should oppose corporate tax breaks. (Apr 1999)
  • Role of government is to counteract power of corporations. (Apr 1996)
  • Coined the term “corporate welfare”. (Jul 1995)
Ralph Nader on Gun Control
Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for 2 headlines on about Second Amendment OR click here for other candidates on Gun Control.
  • Support Brady Bill & thoughtful gun control. (Jun 25)
  • Supports trigger locks, licensing, & banning some guns. (Jun 24)
Ralph Nader on Health Care
Click here for 16 full quotes OR click here for 4 older headlines OR click here for 6 headlines on about Tobacco OR click here for other candidates on Health Care.
  • Enforce fair drug prices if sponsored by govt research. (Oct 9)
  • Medicare prescriptions covered under universal health care. (Sep 8)
  • Price restraints on drugs; limit profiteering. (Sep 8)
  • Opposes assisted suicide laws for terminally ill. (Aug 25)
  • Cradle-to-grave health care better than Clinton’s plan. (Jul 11)
  • Use Canadian system as a model for US. (May 3)
  • Health care is a universal human right. (May 3)
  • Recast health care in a non-profit mode. (Mar 21)
  • Keep commercialism out of maternity wards. (Aug 1999)
  • Make medicines affordable in Third World. (Jul 1999)
  • Challenge the monetization of HMOs. (Jul 1999)
  • HMO review procedures must be independent of HMOs. (Jul 1999)
  • HMO plan: accountability, doctor-driven, independent review. (Jul 1999)
  • Criticizes “sweetheart deal” for big tobacco. (Nov 1998)
  • Let FDA regulate nicotine as an addictive drug. (Mar 1996)
  • Tobacco is the world’s worst air pollutant. (Oct 1994)
Ralph Nader on Juvenile Crime
Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for 11 headlines on on Crime OR click here for other candidates on Juvenile Crime.
  • Commercialism & TV make childrearing more difficult. (Jun 25)
  • Support personal responsibility; teach dispute resolution. (Jun 25)
Ralph Nader on Kosovo
Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for 14 headlines on on Defense OR click here for other candidates on Kosovo.
  • Should have anticipated Yugoslav breakup by “waging peace”. (Jul 11)
  • Bosnia: Force acceptable to help against mass slaughter. (Oct 1996)
Ralph Nader on Principles & Values
Click here for 22 full quotes OR click here for 9 older headlines OR click here for 13 headlines on about Labor Policy OR click here for other candidates on Principles & Values.
  • Nader-Trader: Swap Gore vote with friend in non-swing state. (Oct 26)
  • Experience to run government comes from suing most agencies. (Oct 8)
  • Shift power from corporations to consumers. (Oct 8)
  • Attract new voters to build future party. (Oct 1)
  • Focus on broader distribution of power. (Aug 9)
  • Spoiled political system spawns spoiled candidates. (Jul 17)
  • Uses personal income as societal change agent. (Jun 18)
  • Opposes concentration of power & monied interests. (Mar 13)
  • Counter “democracy gap”: raise expectations in politics. (Feb 21)
  • New populism: citizen participation over commercialism. (Feb 21)
  • Expand agenda to voter, worker, consumer, shareholder. (Apr 1996)
  • Struggle against commercialism based on priceless things. (Oct 1994)
  • Sacrificed personal life because civic work is a joy. (Oct 1994)
  • Power corrupts, unless it fears loss of power. (Oct 1994)
  • Pushed consumer protection in “Nader’s Raiders”. (Feb 17)

    Green Party

  • Vote with your heart if your state is a foregone conclusion. (Nov 6)
  • Waited 16 years; Dems no different than GOP about power. (Nov 1)
  • Goal is 5% of vote, to qualify Greens as a recognized party. (Oct 25)
  • Tactical voting: if Gore leads your state by 9%, vote Nader. (Oct 23)
  • Vote conscience rather than choosing between drab and dreary. (Sep 21)
  • One purpose of campaign is moving Democrats Left. (Jul 23)
  • The DemRep duopoly obstructs citizenship. (Feb 21)
Ralph Nader on School Choice
Click here for the full quote OR click here for 5 headlines on on Education OR click here for other candidates on School Choice.
  • Support choice within public schools. (Jun 25)
Ralph Nader on Social Security
Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for 2 headlines on about Disabled Rights OR click here for other candidates on Social Security.
  • Social Security is solid; pending bankruptcy is nonsense. (Sep 20)
  • Pensions controlled by people, not banks or insurers. (Feb 21)
  • Social insurance is government at its noblest. (Jan 1999)
  • Social Security privatization replaces certainty with risk. (Jan 1999)
  • Fears loss of retirement funds in privatized investments. (Jan 1999)
Ralph Nader on Tax Reform
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  • Tax code loopholes benefit corporate donors & cost taxpayers. (Oct 9)
  • Sunshine on tax loopholes; sunset on tax breaks. (Oct 9)
  • Put meat in the process of progressive taxation. (Oct 8)
  • More taxpayer input into tax & spending policy. (Feb 21)
  • Tax breaks for big business hurt families. (Dec 1999)
  • Tax breaks to big business unfairly hurt small business. (Apr 1999)
  • Focus on under-taxation of corporations, not income tax. (Oct 1996)
  • Against flat tax; keep progressivity. (Oct 1996)
Ralph Nader on Technology
Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for other candidates on Technology.
  • FCC gave away $70B in airwave licenses to large corporations. (Oct 9)
  • Domain name registration needs openness to replace monopoly. (Oct 9)
  • Put all Congressional voting records on Internet. (Jun 26)
  • More free info from govt via computers & airwaves. (Feb 21)
  • Ruling against Microsoft bodes well for competition. (Nov 1999)
  • Microsoft is anticompetitive and anticonsumer. (Nov 1998)
  • Microsoft must be stopped. (Nov 1998)
  • The public owns the airwaves; express our rights. (Apr 1996)
Ralph Nader on Welfare & Labor
Click here for 22 full quotes OR click here for 13 headlines on about Labor Policy OR click here for other candidates on Welfare & Labor.
  • Charity work is good; but politics addresses root causes. (Oct 14)
  • Attack corporate welfare kings, not poor welfare queens. (Oct 9)
  • Limit executive compensation to 30-to-1 over lowest pay. (Oct 9)
  • Domestic Marshall Plan to abolish poverty. (Oct 8)
  • Democracy can’t co-exist with gross income inequality. (Jun 25)
  • Retail malls siphon off business from central cities. (May 18)
  • Homelessness is peaking despite good economy. (May 7)
  • Big business lobbying subordinates democracy. (Feb 21)
  • Training & earned income credits are corporate subsidies. (Apr 1996)

    Consumer Rights

  • Help for ordinary people should replace corporate welfare. (Sep 1)
  • Address corporate crimes piecemeal AND by revoking charters. (Feb 23)
  • Stop giving corporations the same rights as people. (Dec 1995)


  • Living wage spreads economic expansion to reach all areas. (Oct 22)
  • Repeal Taft-Hartley; strengthen unions. (Oct 8)
  • Unions struggle even in heart of union country. (Sep 5)
  • Vote for a union supporter, not against Republicans. (Aug 29)
  • Message to Democrats: Don’t take labor for granted. (Jul 23)
  • Raise the minimum wage immediately. (Jun 26)
  • Functional wages are falling despite economic boom. (Jun 25)
  • Top CEOs make 415 times entry wages. (Feb 23)
  • Limit executive salaries & perks. (Feb 21)
  • Student pressure can help oppressed textile workers abroad. (Aug 1999)


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