BOSTON -- With polls showing a narrowing gap between President Bush and Sen. John Kerry, Ralph Nader said that he planned to continue campaigning after the election is over.
In a new poll, the first taken from people who spend most of their time in nudist camps, Kerry was running even with Bush. The nude people said they had favorable perceptions of Kerry after the debate and would now like to see him in the nude. They made no mention of Nader, naked or not.
Another poll, which had Nader included, revealed that if Kerry and Bush were not in the race, Nader would win by 94 points.
Nader has long disputed the charge that he will be a "spoiler" in November. Critics have said his candidacy cost Democrat Al Gore the election in 2000 when he lost by just a few hundred votes in Florida. Nader supporters say that Nader would have won Florida if more people had voted for him, regardless of Gore.
But now Nader is saying he won't stop when the election is over.
"Mr. Nader," said E.M. Scuttle, a close source to the Nader campaign, "will keep running after the election to be absolutely sure that people realize what he stood for, why he ran, who he is, what he eats to stay healthy, what kind of car he drives, who he dates, how he spends his days, why he feels he is a champion of the common man, who he thinks the common man is, why he fights for the common man, how the common man can become a little more unusual, how the unusual man can become more common, why a state is called a commonwealth, why his eyes are placed so strangely inside his face, where he was born, where he went to school, who his teachers were, how much he makes for a living and how a reality show can be based on his life."
Mr. Nader plans to begin his post-election campaign in Missouri and then travel to California, Wyoming, Washington, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New York, New Mexico, Florida, Alabama and Alaska.
He says he will not stop with the United States. He will bring his message to Spain in December and to France in January.