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Ralph Nader was the Green party candidate for President of United States in 1996 and 2000, and an independent candidate in both 2004 and 2008. Once named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential Americans of the Twentieth Century, Nader is often blamed for the loss of Vice President Al Gore to President George W. Bush in the controversial 2000 election. Nader, a life-long political activist, Army veteran, and Harvard graduate, founded the non-profit group Public Citizen and has received numerous public service awards. Nader has been a prominent voice against nuclear weapons, and for airline deregulation, automobile safety, and environmental issues.