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Posted: 6:12 AM- Ralph Nader says he is impressed by his invitation from students at LDS Church-owned Brigham Young University to speak on the same day as Vice President Dick Cheney.

Nader, the legendary consumer advocate and former third-party presidential candidate, says that development reflects increasing opposition to the war in Iraq.

Nader has accepted an invitation by BYU students to speak Thursday evening after Vice President Dick Cheney addresses graduates. The event's organizers say they oppose the actions of Cheney as part of President's Bush's administration and want to offer an alternative voice on that day.

"It's really quiet encouraging to see BYU students stand tall and assert themselves in ways they will long remember and respect after they graduate," Nader told The Associated Press on Tuesday. "I think it reflects a massive public opposition to a war that was initiated on false pretenses."

He said he plans to talk about government accountability and foreign policy, particularly the war in Iraq.

The speech is open to the public but at least some of his words will be targeted toward students, he said.

Students need to take themselves more seriously as emerging civic leaders to advance causes of justice "that have been ignored, marginalized and severely damaged by the domination of corporate power in America," he said.

When the school announced that Cheney would deliver the commencement speech, several faculty members and students objected. Critics of the decision question whether Cheney sets a good example for graduates, citing his promotion of faulty intelligence before the Iraq war and his role in the CIA leak scandal.

Students at the school are required to adhere to an "honor code" that, in addition to forbidding alcohol and drug use, also places heavy emphasis on honesty and integrity, said Cheney opponents.

The vice president's office has said his speech will not be political.

Nader is skeptical.

"He's not going to miss this opportunity to espouse his support for the war," Nader said.

Nader is scheduled to speak at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the McKay Events Center on the neighboring campus of Utah Valley State College in Orem. Cheney is delivering his remarks at 4 p.m. at the Marriott Center on the BYU campus in Provo.

Organizers of the Nader event have said they scheduled it later so students who wished to attend commencement can make both.

The school's College Democrats have already held a sit-in style protest on campus, and are scheduled to hold a second protest from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday. Other groups are planning pro-Cheney rallies and anti-war protests throughout the day.

Nader is longtime consumer advocate and political activist notable in recent years for his presidential runs as a Green Party and independent candidate.