Obama, responding Saturday to Nader’s earlier criticisms that he lacked “substance,” praised Nader as a “heroic figure.”
“In many ways he is a heroic figure and I don’t mean to diminish him. But I do think there is a sense now that if somebody is not hewing to the Ralph Nader agenda, then you must be lacking in some way,” Obama said.
Clinton called Nader’s announcement a “passing fancy” and said she hoped his candidacy wouldn’t hurt the Democratic nominee.
“Obviously, it’s not helpful to whomever our Democratic nominee is. But it’s a free country,” she told reporters as she flew to Rhode Island for campaign events.
Hey, it’s nice there’ll be somebody to vote for who actually shares my values and agenda in a serious way. I’d consider voting him over Clinton; not so much over Obama, and the reason why is partly illustrated by their differing responses to his entering the race. (Though we’re not getting the full context of either quote so it’s possible the difference between their attitudes is not really as great as the news story makes it seem.)