Yes, Nader Said There Was Not a Dime’s Worth of Difference Between the Two Major Parties

In my recent USA Today oped, I wrote: “Despite Nader saying there was “not a dime’s worth of difference” between Republican Bush and Democrat Gore, without Nader on the Florida ballot, we might not have had an Iraq War and all of its aftermath.”

A follow up letter to the editor from Nader’s lawyer, Oliver Hall: “Hasen claims Nader said there was “not a dime’s worth of difference” between Bush and Gore, and he suggests the Iraq War wouldn’t have happened if Nader hadn’t run. But that line was popularized by George C. Wallace in 1968, who only said the similarities between Democrats and Republicans tower over the differences.”

But in Justin Martin’s book on Nader, at page 272, it is reported that Nader said just that: “Nader trotted out the classic George Wallace lament that there is not ‘a dime’s worth of difference’ between the two majority parties.”

And, as James Fallows pointed out, even if Nader did not say the exact words, “it was an implied message of his 2000 campaign.”


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