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Nader Making Bid for White House

February 21, 2000

WASHINGTON (AP) _ For Ralph Nader, it’s try, try and try again.

The consumer advocate who has made several bids for the White House called a news conference today to announce another run as a candidate for the presidential nomination of the environmentalist Green Party.

Nader, a lawyer who first gained prominence taking on the auto industry in the 1960s, received less than 1 percent of the vote when he ran in 1996. He spent less than $5,000, taking no contributions and personally financing his campaign.

In 1992, Nader collected about 6,300 write-in votes in the New Hampshire primary, sometimes drawing crowds that rivaled those of major-party candidates.

Nader, who turns 66 this month, has fought for campaign finance reform, environmental protection and fair trade, employing a network of nonprofit organizations.

He faces competition for the Green Party nomination from at least three other candidates, including Jello Biafra, lead singer for The Dead Kennedys.

Nader often shows disdain for the political process and has suggested that the Republicans and Democrats leave voters with a choice between ``Tweedle-Dum and Tweedle-Dee.″ He thinks third parties offer voters an alternative.

``Third parties are getting more visible,″ Nader said in 1996. ``The aggregate of their votes will begin to affect the margin of victory for the major party candidates.″

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