Nader refers to Obama as "Uncle Tom"

In a radio interview, Ralph Nader asks whether Barack Obama will be "Uncle Sam ... or Uncle Tom," and then defends the comment on Fox News.

By Alex Koppelman
November 6, 2008 1:40AM (UTC)
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During a radio interview on Election Day, independent candidate Ralph Nader said of Barack Obama, "His choice, basically, is whether he's going to be Uncle Sam for the people of this country or Uncle Tom for the giant corporations."

Now, he may have phrased it in a question to distance himself a little bit, but in a later interview with Fox News' Shepard Smith, Nader made it pretty clear that he thinks he knows the answer already. Smith, who is -- unlike other Fox anchors -- nearly always ready to be a dogged questioner, regardless of ideology, didn't let him off the hook very easily. Watch the video below.


Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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