- After reeling from an overwhelming defeat in the popular vote, consumer advocate and Presidential hopeful Ralph Nader has refused to concede the election to Sen. Obama.
As he stood on the steps of the Tallahassee Court House, Nader reiterated his decision not to concede, and demanded a full manual recount. "This election was clearly stolen by Sen. Obama, and there is no other explanation that can be given to justify his victory." Nader also fielded questions from the press, which included reporters from the National Enquirer, Reader's Digest, and Aintmymedia - the only news outlets which gave coverage of his campaign.
As Nader concluded his Press Conference, he also bashed the Obama candidacy, claiming that the Illinois Senator was nothing more than a spoiler who took away votes that would have otherwise gone to him. "Obama has shown a complete disdain for the integrity of the electoral process by running a shallow campaign, stealing votes in every precinct, and taking away support from me."
Obama's campaign manager David Axelrod fired back. "This is a free country, and if Sen. Obama wants to run for President of the U.S. or for honorary chairman of the Weaverville Knitting Club, it is his constitutional right. The American people deserve more than only two choices."
Pending a decision from the Florida State Supreme Court, the manual recount could cost upwards to $90M, depending on the number of precincts.
Nader gained ballot access in 46 states, mobilized disgruntled independents, and ran an aggressive campaign. One thing is for certain - if Ralph Nader loses Florida, then Sen. Obama would indefinitely be labeled a spoiler for taking away the victory from him.
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