2008 SelectSmart.com Presidential Candidate Selector Candidate Positions
Ralph Nader - independent Ralph Nader was born on February 27, 1934 in Winsted, Connecticut. He is an attorney, consumer advocate and five time presidential candidate.
IRAQ WAR: Would have opposed Bush’s original request to use military force against Iraq.
LEAVING IRAQ: Would support a deadline for withdrawal in Iraq.
BALANCING CIVIL LIBERTIES & SECURITY: Would lean toward protecting civil liberties even though it might risk our
SOCIAL SECURITY: Would work to make it solvent, possibly raising the earnings ceiling and/or the
retirement age, etc.
EMBRYONIC STEM CELL RESEARCH: Would support federal expansion of embryonic stem cell research.
SCHOOL CHOICE: Would oppose publicly funded "voucher" programs that allows students to choose
to attend any of various participating private and public schools.
GAY & LESBIAN ISSUES: Would support both marriage and civil unions for same sex couples.
TRADE ISSUES: Would support fair trade policies.
TAXES & GOVERMENT SERVICES: Would favor the "government should help people" positions of
groups such as the Children's Defense Fund and the Alliance for Retired Americans.
THE DEFICIT: Would strive to reduce the deficit, by reducing military spending and by raising taxes.
BUSINESS & LABOR: Would favor the pro-labor positions of the AFL-CIO and similar groups.
ABORTION: Would support the pro-choice positions of organizations like NARAL.
CAPITAL PUNISHMENT: Would oppose the death penalty.
MARIJUANA laws: Would support a general decriminalization of marijuana.
MINIMUM WAGE: Would have a history of supporting increases in the minimum wage.
HEALTH CARE: Would favor a government-provided, universal health care program for Americans. Source
PRESCRIPTION DRUGS: Both the above.
ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES: Would favor positions of environmental groups like the League of Conservation
LEGAL IMMIGRATION: Would favor a more open immigration policy, holding the opinion that foreign
workers are a valuable and necessary addition to our labor pool.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION: Would support temporary legalization (guest worker programs) for illegal
aliens, but oppose permanent amnesty.