Tuesday, January 18, 2005


Consumer advocate and two-time presidential loser Ralph Nader has filed suit in a Baghdad court, asking that his name be placed on the ballot in the upcoming Iraqi elections.

Nader, who first reached prominence back in the 1960’s when his book, “Unsafe at Any Speed,” detailed the safety hazards designed into many of America’s motor vehicles, says he plans to make automotive defects a major focus of his Iraqi presidential campaign.

“It’s obvious to me that you’ve got thousands of unsafe vehicles on Iraqi roads and highways,” says Nader. To back up his point, he gave statistics on the numbers of Iraqi cars that have blown up over the past year. “And these cars are especially defective when they get near U.S. military checkpoints and Iraqi police stations.”

Iraqi election officials refused comment on the suit.

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