From NBC's Lindsey Pritzlaff
The past year of campaigning has birthed grandiose political events. But this afternoon's press conference at the National Press Club was quite a different scene.
As the perennial presidential candidate Ralph Nader announced that former San Francisco Supervisor Matt Gonzalez would be his running mate, there was not a Nader supporter with a sign in sight. With no were cheers or applause, the room was so quiet you could hear the photographers' shutters click.
More than a dozen TV cameras rolled as Gonzalez said that he is not disillusioned and he "understands what stands before us," but he added that he has "never entered a political campaign without the idea that it could be won."
Nader said he hopes that his bid for the White House will change the current political discourse. "We're both honored to be running together and looking forward to addressing issues, conditions, and solutions ignored by the other major party candidates," Nader said to approximately 60 reporters in attendance.