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So Much For The Third Party Bid

So Much For The Third Party Bid


Clinton and Bush had their Perot.  Bush and Gore had their Nader.  But the hope of finding a major third party candidate to run in the 2012 election has already fizzled out, as “Americans Elect” admits that they just can’t get anyone into this November’s race.

Americans Elect, a nonpartisan group that was hoping to convince voters to toss away party ID and instead vote for an independent candidate that belongs to neither the left nor the right, has managed to get candidate slot on the ballot for numerous states.  But when it comes to finding a candidate that the majority of their group is willing to support, well, that’s a lot more difficult.

According to the Washington Post, “The group announced late Monday that no candidate has attained the level of support he or she would need to even be considered at the group’s online convention next month, and the deadline for candidates to qualify has passed. That leaves the group with ballot access in more than half the states — including many swing states — but no candidate to actually put on the ballot.”

So far, the candidate with the most support is former Republican presidential candidate and Louisiana governor Buddy Roemer, an ironic notion considering how little support he ever received in the actual GOP primary.  An attempt to generate support for Independent Senator Joe Lieberman was unsuccessful.



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12:39PM PDT on May 17, 2012

I for one would love a third party option. The problem is they continue to make the same mistakes over and over again and learn nothing from the past. They think they can just start a third party by starting at the top and running for President. Dumb asses. You must start at the local level and gain the trust of the people. Unless your well funded like the Tea Party is with the Koch brothers money and yet still hang their pants under the Republican banner. Do the country a favor run and run frequently at the local level and work your way up to the top. Most americans are hungry for a third party but after seeing what happened with the Tea Party we want you to truely earn our trust by proving your self.

10:45PM PDT on May 16, 2012

Go Green.

10:08PM PDT on May 16, 2012

The Green party or the Justice Party is getting my vote. The idea you are throwing your vote away if you don't vote Republican or Democrat is why they are still in power.

9:53PM PDT on May 16, 2012

Frankly the only thing worse than a Lieberman run would be another attempt by John Edwards. Still not happy about the 2000 decision, but if there is a silver lining.......just saying.....

9:29PM PDT on May 16, 2012

thank you =)

5:48PM PDT on May 16, 2012

Leiberman's whole agenda is to use the USA as a weapons platform by which the Judea and Samaria Zionists in Likud can exterminate the Palestinians. Roemer is a toady. And the only other candidates AE could get up there were - surprise, surprise - Ron Paul and Rand Paul.

Article also doesn't mention that not only is AE not going to refund any donor money, but that their charter says they don't actually have to run who their users vote for. AE is a scam.

5:22PM PDT on May 16, 2012

Luvenia, a whole bouquet of green stars to you! Unfortunately, the system won't allow another one yet!

You are spot on!

5:04PM PDT on May 16, 2012

there are other parties, just not large....personally I am most likely Green...what we need is large/powerful 3rd parties that would force the Big 2 work better for all people....

4:27PM PDT on May 16, 2012

When will it ever sink in that the US has a two-party system period? To have a multi-party system requires a totally different structure for the parliament and can't allow this winner takes all system for the House of Representatives. As it stands, while I would favor the Greens, any vote for a third party is just a matter of throwing one's vote away. After all, this is the US and not France or Germany or any other real democracy.

4:25PM PDT on May 16, 2012

What is needed is to empower people to congress that are not of the democrat/republican party. To elect a large body of "independent' senators and representative we might be able to eliminate that god awful electoral college that renders any hope of a third party candidate for president mute.
I have hated the choices the democrat/republican party has offered up my entire voting life. Jimmy Carter started this de regulation nonsense beginning with airlines and railroads. Clinton established the WTO and NAFTA that have been soooo helpful to american workers over the years and he gave the nod to deregulate Wall Street when the repubs pushed the isssue.
Obama talks a great game but lacks substance and given his record, suggests he lacks much integrity as well. Rommney is little better than "W" but neither I would consider presidental material.
The only way to change this god awful rotten ugly political nightmare in this highly dysfunctional system is to start with replacing those in congress. It will mushroom from there IF the people are vigulent.

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