Skip to comments.Obama team sees promise in 3rd party candidacies
Posted on 07/31/2012 12:45:01 PM PDT by nhwingut
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's re-election effort is paying close attention to two candidates mounting third-party campaigns for the presidency, believing they could draw votes from Republican rival Mitt Romney and help Obama win a few tightly contested states.
One candidate is Virgil Goode, a former conservative Virginia congressman who is running as a member of the Constitution Party. The other is Gary Johnson, a former two-term Republican governor of New Mexico who is the Libertarian Party's presidential nominee.
Obama's team has scenarios whereby Obama can win states like Virginia and Colorado with less than 50 percent of the vote, with an assist from Goode and Johnson.
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Desperation time for Obami. The tide is turning.
Desperation time for Obami. The tide is turning.
I think 0bama is toast. 0bama is struggling in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and Connecticut - I don’t think Goode or Johnson will save him. In fact, one poll showed Johnson actually hurting 0bama in New Mexico. If Romney gets a good running mate with bona fide conservative credentials, G-S-M.
A genuine moronic twofer!
Of course he does. Why bother to win 51% when 34% will do?
He needs another Ross Perot and to paraphrase Rick Pitino, he’s not working through that door.
Time for the MittWits to flop sweat as we all know that lefty Mitt will have a tough time closing the deal with Conservatives...FUBO & FUMR!
Hear that 3rd Party voters-Obama is counting on you, don’t let him down!
And this imbecile kenyan used his trusted teleprompter when he said it. There’s a promise with 3rd parties the same way a third testicle shows promise.
They did well, by their standards, in VA and CO with about 1%.
I highly doubt that VA and CO will be split 49.5%-49.5%.
paging Ralph Nader
In 2000,W won New Hampshire (4 Electoral votes) by a couple of thousand votes.If he had lost NH,it would be "former President algore" today.
So never mind 51-34....how about 49.6%---49.58%----0.86% (for the "principled conservative")???
Gary Johnson tends to lean left on many social/cultural issues (pro choom choom, pro gay anal sex). He could rake some votes from Obama.
This is why we need “instant runoff”.
Unfortunately neither of the 2 main parties want it, since it empowers 3rd party candidates....
We had it for local races in Tacoma, WA up til 2 yrs ago, but in our voter guide the GOPe party hack recommended that we vote to end it, since if violated “one person, one vote”, which is a ridiculous lie.
Last I heard it was also used for CA bay area local elections.
Busy selling hope... I can smell his fear.
No surpise to anyone on this forum, but the AP reporter who wrote this story is a hopeless hack for the Obama way. His story from Virginia where Obama said, “You didn’t build that” focused entirely on Romney’s tax returns. When I tweeted the reporter asking about the Obama quote, he deleted it immediately. He writes what the Obama campaign wants him to write.
Unfortunately for Gary Johnson, the Constitution does not include “must have climbed to the top of Mt. Everest” among the prerequisites for becoming President...or he’d be a shoo-in.
Obama is looking for Perot. The people voting for Goode and Johnson are probably not people who would ever vote for Romney, even if it means another four years of Obama, and it might, especially if there aren’t enough conservatives and libertarians to overcome the dead vote. I figure Johnson is going to vote for Obama, and Goode doesn’t know who he is going to vote for, but until that time, they can represent something, whatever it is.
Run, Ralph, Run!
You saved us in 2000, you can do it again in 2012.
He’s dead meat politically, and he knows it. The media may lie to us, but you can bet he’s getting the straight scoop.
I may not like Romney, but watching Obama get Cartered on Inauguration Day is going to be sweet.
Then on to other problems...
The Democrat convention boost, is going to be something like a dead cat bounce. That ought to give Obama a fur-ball.
Well, given some of the attitudes here, slipping a few millions to the Constitution Party, Libertarians, etc., might be a good move, esp. if you could target it on the battleground states.
Yep. I’m sure our very own spamming posse will be right along soon to agree with obowelmovement. No wait. They’re too busy spamming the Romney (and many non-romney) threads.
Bill Clinton has been hauled out of the cold to become an important player in the convention. Could it be that Hillary will be called in as VP?
Nothing says “Dem win” like a Clintonian plurality.
Having said that, these two fringe candidates are completely unknown to a very high percentage of voters.
John Anderson and Perot were widely known and had a lot of campaign money.
Conservatives can play “hope there’s a third party to dilute their vote”, too.
Go Big Green! Go Jill Stein! (She won’t steal too many votes from the GOP, I betcha).
That only works if any or all of those candidates gets enough votes to make a difference.
I was wondering about that too.
This time around, a 3rd party isn’t going to be much help, because none of the 3rd party candidates have much money or charisma.
I have seen pictures of Hillary recently. They look as if she is taking better care of herself.
When did you stop beating your live-in boyfriend ~
With Virgil Goode throwing in with the Greens and making his campaign platform wasting huge amounts of money on “high speed rail” in Virginia I’m not sure he will help Obama there either. That’s not exactly a conservative platform and given their failure in places they have been tried it doesn’t indicate a platform of common sense or fiscal responsiblity...with debt and wasteful spending being big issues in this campaign, he certainly is not qualified to tackle them by making his commitment to wasteful spending such a huge campaign issue.
On the same channel you will find videos supportive of Medea Benjamin and Code Pink.
There are, of course, other places you can play and kvetch about your betters ~ go to DU ~ there you'll find your kind of love.
Why are you thinking such things about others?
He's bad on all the issues the Democrats' candidate is bad on. So, there's no reason to vote for him either ~ and he won't tell us what it is he has in mind ~ just the same old vague 'hope and change' baloney we've all come to distrust.
The fact you can't see how bad the GOP-e candidate really is isn't my fault. It's yours.
Ah, so anyone who doesn't agree with you is an abusive homosexual, eh?
How utterly liberal of you! Or, do you prefer "progressive"?
Say "Hi!" to all of your buds at DU for me! Tell them I will be looking forward to putting them all on Suicide Watch, along with you in early November.