LEO Editor and beardy monster Stephen George interviewed Ralph Nader on Monday.
While Stephen didn’t ask any of Jim Welp’s awesome questions (we’re wholly disappointed):
Have you ever shot a moose?
It’s well established that anyone who doesn’t vote for Barack Obama is racist. Why are you so racist?
If you won the election, would you, like, totally shit your pants or what?
Is there a teensy part of you that wants to nail Sarah Palin?
The interview was still pretty interesting. Check it:
LEO: Do you think government intervention is—
RN: Yeah, there’s got to be regulation. All this comes from taking the federal cop off the corporate-fraud-and-crime beat. That’s what happened with this deregulatory mania that swept Washington in the last 25, 30 years. That’s what led to these guys on Wall Street going crazy with speculation and risk-taking and excessive compensation for executives and lack of disclosure. Now look at the mess the country’s in. And the guys who profited most got away with it.
LEO: You called it, right?
RN: Yeah, I called the banking crisis, I called the S&L (securities and loans) crisis.
LEO: Why aren’t people listening?
RN: You don’t get credit in this kind of media society for being right. Being able to predict Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the fact that FDIC is running out of money — we kept telling them 10 years ago, you’ve got to assess the banks when times are good because when times are bad you’re going to run out.
LEO: In 2000 when you were running for president, you had a movement. With what happened with Bush v. Gore and everything, the media scapegoated you and you were kind of caricatured. Where do you find the inspiration to keep running for office, and why do you keep running for this office?
RN: Well, because I screen that out and strive to advance justice as I see it, with people who are hurting — being underpaid, overcharged, disrespected, excluded, harmed in their workplace, denied healthcare. When your charge comes from those millions of people out there, and there are millions of them, you’re not bothered by this.
Now, it does obstruct you and you can’t get on the national media. The three networks have given us 10 seconds (since the announcement of Nader’s campaign Feb. 24).
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Don’t forget: Nader will be in Louisville for a rally this Friday.