After a few recent op-eds from the progressive wing of Obama's base suggested primary challenges, two contenders have stepped forward and said they might consider running for the Democratic nomination in 2012. The Daily Caller spoke with former Alaska Senator Mike Gravel:
Former Alaska Senator and 2008 Democratic presidential candidate Mike Gravel told The Daily Caller in an exclusive interview that he is mulling a primary challenge to President Barack Obama in 2012.
In an e-mail exchange arranged by his daughter, TheDC asked Gravel if he was considering a run for president in 2012 and if he is specifically considering a primary challenge to President Obama. He replied, “Both are possible.”
Of course, if you remember anything about Gravel's 2008 campaign you probably recall that it wasn't a campaign so much as an extended form of performance art. Ralph Nader, on the other hand, well that could prove to be a problem for Obama, if he runs another third party campaign:
Ralph Nader, liberal activist and two-time third-party presidential candidate, lambasted President Obama in a Wednesday interview, and called for a liberal alternative to challenge in him in the 2012 presidential campaign.
“He has no fixed principles,” Nader said, of Mr. Obama. “He's opportunistic — he goes for expedience, like Clinton. Some call him temperamentally conflict-averse. If you want to be harsher, you say he has no principles and he's opportunistic.”
“He's a con man,” Nader continued. “I have no use for him.”
Nader urged a progressive candidate to challenge Mr. Obama for the presidency in 2012, and said that while he wasn't altogether disallowing the possibility of running himself, it was time for a new progressive leader to step forward.