Nodes secure the past.
#Bitcoin cannot succeed nor exist with either.
Can we please put the nodes vs miners narrative to rest please, it is moot. Bitcoin requires both.
Miners want to propagate blocks to lots of distributed nodes to ensure the longevity of their investment (mining equipment); again to avoid censorship (takedown of the network).
They want distributed nodes to prevent network takedown (past).
They want distributed miners to prevent network censorship (future).