Vermont leaders criticize Nader’s run

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Vermont’s top political leaders are denouncing consumer activist Ralph Nader’s decision to run for president again.

Howard Dean urged his supporters on Monday to stay with the Democrats rather than to be “tempted” by a Nader candidacy. Dean, who dropped out of the presidential race last week, said that the re-election of President Bush would undermine the progressive policies Nader has fought for.

Vermont Congressman Bernie Sanders says he wishes Nader would reconsider his decision this year. Sanders says he agrees with the need to unite behind a progressive movement. But he says it’s more important to deny President Bush’s re-election.

Senator Patrick Leahy also says Nader’s candidacy is a bad idea because it could help the president.

Nader was blamed for hurting Al Gore’s chances of becoming president in 2000.

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