Ralph Nader takes on mainstream media
Former presidential candidate on 2012 race
- Duration 4:40
- Date Oct 21, 2012
Former presidential candidate on 2012 race
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I respect people that.
-- -- form they can intellectually and passionately defend.
And I don't always agree with the conclusions of my next guest but I would greatly respected.
-- he calls President Obama a war criminal.
He says the debate process is a farce he's also written a new book called the seventeen solutions bold ideas for our American future.
Joining me is former third party presidential candidate and consumer advocate Ralph Nader Ralph thanks for.
-- -- -- -- -- Some of the criticisms you've had -- of the debate process I've been critical I think it's more like a game show but but I found some of your thoughts.
Most compelling and I want you to talk about what's wrong with the debates as we have them.
-- controlled by the Republican and Democrat -- -- nominees.
The debate commission -- a corporation created 1987.
To get rid of the illegal women voters supervision they thought the ladies were little to pretty.
And -- so they restrict the number debates they decide together who's gonna ask -- the questions.
They decide to format of the debate so -- the debate and they're given the topics ahead of time.
That's why -- the debates.
We've seen have kept off the table saw many that is the subject matters there on the minds of the American people.
Like for example.
What are we gonna do is the tax system.
And let soft Wall Street speculators hot button to bring in the minimum wage up to 1968.
Adjusted for inflation that would help thirty million.
Workers over alarming number Americans believe.
The -- always should be adjusted for inflation that wasn't discussed.
Cracking down on corporate crime -- the Wall Street crooks that wasn't discussed getting rid of corporate welfare.
Crony capitalism that the subsidies -- does -- giveaways bailout that wasn't discussed so that's why I wrote this book -- seventeen solutions.
Because we don't focus on solutions enough.
We got a lot of problems in the country were also a lot of solutions are on the shelf.
And now applied to the problems because a democracy gap which means we the people are not spending enough time.
Control in our government controlling these global corporations that are shipping jobs and industries.
To fascist and Communist regimes overseas you know we're all comes down to we the -- You know I -- I get the impression that we would have an incredibly.
Not only informative but very entertaining debate if you would moderate one of them I think that would be a great idea.
I'll suggest that.
I want to speak to also the -- by the -- there's many things you just said that I think is right there's been a collusion between Washington and Wall Street.
It is incredibly unholy and it has resulted regardless of who's in power Democrats or Republicans.
-- in which the average American has no idea that the policies don't change a great deal because the -- players don't change a great deal.
And some day that's it -- issue over which a cup of coffee -- -- I think would enjoy.
I wanted to -- speak -- present Obama has been.
Really criticized quietly.
But it's beginning to get a little -- -- members of his own party because he's done very little.
To help people in his party the state party organizations candidates for congress governor senate he's he's really campaign for himself.
In an unusual level.
For a president.
Speak to that and how different that is.
For him being as you have called and I believe a selfish candidate.
Yesterday and is acceptance of the nomination in Charlotte.
He asked people to vote for him but he didn't -- -- talk about congressional Democrats supporting congressional Democrats he doesn't run.
Very often with the congressional Democrats when he goes into their back -- There -- -- if if -- if the Democrats don't recover the house and keep the senate.
-- Obama if he's reelected just can't get anything done so it's really strange generic because it's quite a bitter resentment although it's not logo.
Among members of the House of Representatives.
How he he doesn't seem to support their campaigns.
And without their recovery -- house.
He's not gonna get anything done that's why I called -- rather politically selfish I think it's so wrongheaded approach from his own interest.
Well -- one thing that people will always know you take a stand and in your book seventeen solutions you certainly do that I hope people will get a copy.
And read it your ideas and -- look -- to have you back so we can talk more about them.
-- these -- very exciting ideas supported by a majority of the people thank you Ralph Nader good to have --