Ralph Nader (born February 27, 1934) ran three times for President of the United States. He is an activist lawyer who opposes the power of large corporations and has worked on environmental, consumer rights, and pro-democracy issues for many decades. Nader has also been a strong critic of recent American foreign policy, which he views as corporatist, imperialist, and contrary to fundamental values of democracy and human rights.
Nader was the presidential candidate of the Green Party in the 1996 election and 2000 election (in both elections, Winona LaDuke was his vice-presidential nominee). In 2004, however, the Green Party nominated David Cobb, and Nader ran as an independent candidate in the 2004 presidential election. In some states in 2004, Nader achieved ballot access by virtue of winning the nomination of an alternative political party, such as the Reform Party, and in others by forming a Populist Party. His running mate in 2004 was Green Party activist Peter Camejo.