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    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0208/8657.html Clinton slams Nader over presidential bid By: Beth Frerking Feb 24, 2008 12:37 PM EST Democratic
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      Clinton slams Nader over presidential bid

      By: Beth Frerking
      Feb 24, 2008 12:37 PM EST

      Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham
      Clinton said Sunday she hoped that Ralph Nader’s bid
      for the president was “a passing fancy” and blamed him
      for former Vice President Al Gore’s loss in 2000.

      Obama on Sunday morning morning ridiculed Nader as a
      perennial also-ran and suggested that the consumer
      advocate's view that there is no difference between
      the two major parties is partly why George W. Bush is
      president today.

      "Well, there you go," Obama said, non-plussed when
      told by a reporter at a press conference about Nader's
      announcement. "He does it every four years," Obama
      added to laughs from workers still gathered at a
      Lorain, Ohio, factory warehouse where he had just held
      a town hall meeting."

      "I think his view is unless you're Ralph Nader you're
      not tough enough on any of these issues," Obama said.
      "He thought there was no difference between Al Gore
      and George Bush and eight years later, I think it's
      obvious that he didn’t know what he was talking
      about."

      Obama did offer a note of praise for Nader's earlier
      work to hold companies accountable, but said that his
      current role as "perennial presidential candidate"
      wasn't helping consumers.

      He also clarified his comments from Saturday, where he
      said he had been in contact with Nader. That meeting,
      Obama said, came early in his candidacy.

      Jonathan Martin contributed to this report.
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