(CNSNews.com) - Green Party presidential nominee Ralph Nader assailed Vice President Al Gore Sunday for failing to push for more environmental reform and stricter standards for automobile emissions during his seven years in the White House administration.
When asked on CBS' Face The Nation if Gore was a "coward from top to bottom," Nader, a longtime consumer advocate and environmental activist, said that Gore, despite having written the 1992 book "Earth in the Balance," which severely criticized fuel emissions as a threat to the environment, has done nothing as vice president to reduce their harmful effects to the atmosphere.
"I've read Al Gore's book - it came out in 1992 on the environment - he was very critical of the internal combustion engine as a principal threat to the global environment, and he and Mr. Clinton have not proposed any fuel efficiency standards for motor vehicles for seven and a half years," said Nader.
Nader also said that Gore, as vice president, has not spoken out for solar energy or other alternative energy sources.
"[Vice President Gore] needs to really look at himself and ask who he is. He's a plastic politician, and I think a lot of people see that," said Nader.
While Nader delivered his scathing remarks about the vice president, Gore was appearing on NBC's Meet The Press where he dismissed Nader's candidacy as insignificant, and said that the presidential race was between himself and the likely Republican nominee Texas Gov. George W. Bush.
"I think in the final analysis, it is likely that most people will see this as a two-person contest and cast their vote on that," said Gore. However, some polls have showed that Nader has between five and ten percent of the vote nationally, and is threatening Gore's chances of an electoral vote victory in key states such as Michigan and Pennsylvania.