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  • Report: David Koch Pledges Millions to Fund Spoiler Third Party Run

    05/19/2016 1:02:02 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 38 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 19 May 2016 | Katie McHugh
    Billionaire David Koch will bankroll Libertarian candidate and former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson’s third party presidential run with tens of millions of dollars, according to a report. The eight-figure sum may help Johnson win the Libertarian Party nomination and break into the mainstream. Johnson also ran for president in 2012 as a third party candidate and won some 1.275 millon votes, 0.99 percent of the popular vote. Libertarian candidates may have cost the GOP several congressional race victories that year. (David Koch himself was the Libertarian Party’s vice presidential nominee in 1980 when he and Ed Clark set the...
  • Hmmm: Mitt Romney Is Being Courted To Consider Running As An Independent

    05/08/2016 5:13:32 AM PDT · by rktman · 71 replies
    townhall.com ^ | Saturday May 7, 2016 | Matt Vespa
    Some 2016 intrigue coming from The Washington Post’s Robert Costa, who reported on a meeting Mitt Romney had with the Weekly Standard’s William Kristol last Thursday on the possibility of running as a third party candidate. Kristol is part of a large swath of conservatives within the Republican Party, who are highly skeptical of presumptive nominee Donald Trump on a whole host of issues—the most obvious being that the billionaire magnate isn’t even a conservative Republican:
  • The secret movement to draft Gen. James Mattis (USMC-Ret.) for President

    05/04/2016 9:55:41 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 95 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | April 6, 2016 | Daily Beast
    An anonymous group of conservative billionaires is ready to place their bets on a man dubbed “Mad Dog,” hoping to draft him into the presidential race to confront Donald Trump. Think of it as a Plan B should Trump be nominated by the Republican Party in Cleveland: swing behind retired U.S. Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis and press him into service yet again as a third-party candidate. Mattis is the former commander of Central Command, which includes the strife-afflicted conflict zones of the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia, and has developed a reputation among troops as a general...
  • Bill Kristol Names Romney, Rubio, Tom Cotton As Third-Party Prospects If Trump Wins Nomination

    04/25/2016 11:21:58 AM PDT · by detective · 31 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 25 Apr 2016 | Patrick Howley
    Bill Kristol, son of Irving, names Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Mitt Romney, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) and others on his hypothetical shortlist of third-party candidates that he could run if Donald Trump becomes the Republican nominee. The “Weekly Standard” editor and self-styled neoconservative power broker is back to talking about a third party, declaring that a Trump victory in Indiana would force him to re-focus on his so-called “Latter-Day Republicans” independent ticket. A third party could help to split the vote on the Right and elect Hillary Clinton president, which would allow Kristol to stave off the Trump threat and...
  • Another Libertarian Moment?

    04/13/2016 8:24:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 13, 2016 | John Stossel
    The Libertarian Party might get more votes this year. Before the primaries, Time Magazine, frequent pusher of trends that do not exist, put Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ken.) on its cover and called him the "most interesting man in politics." Then Paul fizzled, and pundits said the "libertarian moment," if there ever was one, had ended. But Sen. Paul never ran as a libertarian. He ran as a libertarian-ish Republican, and he wasn't particularly convincing when he got to speak in debates. Americans were unimpressed. But now that, according to ElectionBettingOdds.com, the presidential race will be a choice between Donald Trump...
  • A Better Choice

    03/30/2016 5:41:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 30, 2016 | John Stossel
    Trump! Clinton! Is that all there is? No. Fortunately, we have other choices. A recent poll shows that if the election were held today, 11 percent of Americans would vote for a Libertarian, former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson. That's surprising, since last election Johnson got just 1 percent of the vote. This year, he's doing better, probably because Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton hold the highest percentage of "unfavorable" reactions from voters in more than 30 years. I assume the Libertarian total will go higher, since most poll respondents had no opinion about Johnson. They probably don't know who...
  • GOP leaders meet over possible third party run against Trump

    03/17/2016 4:52:26 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 76 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 17/3/16 | David Rosenberg
    After Donald Trump swept four of Tuesday’s five state primaries, party bigwigs are set to meet on Thursday to lay out a plan to derail the frontrunner’s path to the nomination. According to Politico, the meeting was organized by former Bush administration official Bill Wichterman, conservative activist Erick Erickson, and Bob Fischer, a prominent GOP fundraiser and bundler. Aside from coordinating efforts to prevent Trump’s nomination, conservative activists and party leaders will also mull an option that was unthinkable just half a year ago: breaking with the Republican Party and launching an independent, third party bid for the White House....
  • Get Real! Cut the Third Party Crap: The Two Parties Are Not the Same

    12/05/2009 3:41:40 PM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 876 replies · 10,478+ views
    Rush ^ | December 1st | rush
    I'm all for Ralph Nader running again. I'd love for Howard Dean to get fed up or some other Democrat to get fed up with Obama and I'd love for a third party of Democrats and liberals to establish itself. I want all kinds of liberals to line and up run in third parties. That's how we weaken their side. As for our side, the focus must be to take back the Republican Party. That's the way you win. You can draw attention to yourself by denouncing both parties at the same time, and you can think that you're relating...
  • "Republican Gridlock Rekindles Talk of Third-party Candidate"

    01/20/2008 5:16:22 PM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 93 replies · 217+ views
    Toronto Star ^ | 18 January 2008 | Tim Harper
    Republican gridlock rekindles talk of third-party candidate WASHINGTON BUREAU WASHINGTON – Talk of a protracted nomination race or a brokered convention may excite political junkies and horse race aficionados, but it masks a grim reality for the U.S. Republican party.Three different winners in three presidential contests now provide evidence for what has been long suspected – the Republican coalition is fractured and there's no one to paste it back together. GOP gridlock is already sparking talk of a search for a saviour and rekindling talk of a third party bid, talk that has been a mainstay of American political chatter...
  • Fed up! McCain predicts rise of third political party

    11/08/2011 4:51:01 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 49 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2011-11-08 | Steve Holland & David Alexander
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senator John McCain predicted on Tuesday a third political party will emerge in response to Americans' economic frustrations and said it might as well be called "the Fed-Up Party." The Republican Party's presidential nominee in 2008 raised the possibility of a third party about a year ago, but his comments on Tuesday suggest he has hardened his views as polls show Americans increasingly disillusioned with Washington politics. The 75-year-old McCain may now be the most prominent politician forecasting Americans will look to another party to compete with Democrats and Republicans. "Unless both parties change, then I think...
  • McCain says Tea Party concerns worth addressing (through bipartisanship with Obama after elections)

    09/20/2010 8:16:37 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 41 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2010-09-20 | Steve Holland
    Republican Senator John McCain warned on Monday that U.S. lawmakers should respond to the concerns of the conservative Tea Party movement or else its supporters could give rise to a third political party. In an interview at the Reuters Washington Summit, McCain also said Republicans need a "positive agenda" in campaigning for the November 2 congressional election rather than simply saying no to Democratic policies. McCain, who earned a reputation as a political maverick for bucking his party, has recently swung to the right on some issues to beat back a conservative challenger in his re-election bid in Arizona. He...
  • Reflecting Nation’s Unrest . . . Precinct Workers Tell McCain It’s Time To Quit

    01/24/2016 9:26:31 AM PST · by GonzoII · 14 replies
    The Wanderer ^ | January 23, 2016 | By DEXTER DUGGAN
    PHOENIX -- There's no earthly chasm disrupting tree-lined Central Avenue here as it placidly heads north of Bethany Home Road, past well-off residences. However, there might as well have been an abyss between U.S. Sen. John McCain's former home on Central and the church auditorium not far away where local Republican precinct committeemen convened for their annual assembly. McCain left that neighborhood once his children were grown, and the regular January meeting of Maricopa County GOP precinct ground troops, resounding with denunciations of their own party's dispiriting record, in effect voted overwhelmingly that McCain should leave the Senate, too, although...
  • How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love McCain

    11/08/2006 9:03:34 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 137 replies · 2,298+ views
    November 8, 2006 | E. Pluribus Unum
    The events of yesterday may be a blessing in disguise for those of us who react with absolute horror to the very thought of a Democrat President in 2008. Most likely the Democrat nominee is going to be Hillary, and like her husband before her, the only way she could win the Presidency is if there were a conservative stalking horse like Ross Perot to split the conservative vote. We all know what an egomaniac John McCain is. If he does not get the nomination in 2008, there is no doubt in my mind that he will strike a secret...
  • Gamblers betting on 2016 run from Michael Bloomberg

    02/15/2016 8:14:37 AM PST · by kevcol · 13 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | February 15, 2016 | Chad Merda
    Bloomberg and Romney aren't the only two people gamblers are betting on joining the 2016 mix. Vice President Joe Biden, who ruled out a run months ago, currently sits at 40-1 . . . "I find the level of discourse and discussion distressingly banal and an outrage and an insult to the voters," Bloomberg said.
  • Fearing anger from Trump voters, Va. school district may close for the primary

    01/12/2016 3:07:45 PM PST · by 5150 FREEPER · 15 replies
    Wash Post ^ | 1/11/16 | Antonio Olivo
    Officials in Virginia’s largest jurisdiction want to close public schools during the Super Tuesday presidential primary elections, saying they fear supporters of Republican frontrunner Donald Trump could cause mayhem at the polls. The concerns stem mainly from a Republican Party of Virginia requirement that the March 1 primary voters affirm they are Republicans before voting for a presidential candidate.
  • State GOP leaders plot to tie Donald Trump’s hands. [VA and NC]

    08/24/2015 6:19:21 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 122 replies
    Politico ^ | 08/24/2015 | Alex Isenstadt
    Amid mounting concerns about Donald Trump’s candidacy from the GOP establishment, Republican leaders in at least two states have found a way to make life a lot harder for him. The Virginia and North Carolina parties are in discussions about implementing a new requirement for candidates to qualify for their primary ballots: that they pledge to support the Republican presidential nominee — and not run as a third-party candidate — in the general election.
  • Donald Trump slams Virginia GOP for loyalty oath

    12/27/2015 3:22:47 PM PST · by VinL · 64 replies
    CBSNews ^ | 12/27/15 | R. Kaplan
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump went on a Twitter tirade Sunday after learning that voters wishing to cast a ballot in the Virginia Republican presidential primary will have to sign an oath affirming they are a member of the party. It begins, Republican Party of Virginia, controlled by the RNC, is working hard to disallow independent, unaffiliated and new voters. BAD! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 27, 2015 R.P.Virginia has lost statewide 7 times in a row. Will now not allow desperately needed new voters. Suicidal mistake. RNC MUST ACT NOW! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 27, 2015...
  • Republicans Look to Force Trump to Pledge Loyalty Oath to GOP Masters

    08/25/2015 9:30:10 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 72 replies
    breitbart ^ | 8/24/15
    Amid mounting concerns about Donald Trump’s candidacy from the GOP establishment, Republican leaders in at least two states have found a way to make life a lot harder for him. The Virginia and North Carolina parties are in discussions about implementing a new requirement for candidates to qualify for their primary ballots: that they pledge to support the Republican presidential nominee — and not run as a third-party candidate — in the general election. … The Virginia proposal has earned the support of Ken Cuccinelli, the state’s former attorney general and 2013 gubernatorial nominee, who has been promoting the idea...
  • Donald Trump Says He'll Decide on Third Party Bid Soon

    08/29/2015 11:29:40 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 66 replies
    ABC News ^ | Aug 29, 2015 | Associated Press
    Trump told reporters following a speech in Nashville Saturday that he's going to make a decision "very soon." He says he thinks the decision will make a lot of people "very happy." Trump has so far refused to pledge to support the eventual Republican nominee. He says it gives him leverage.
  • Trump’s Deadline to Rule Out A Third Party Bid: Sept. 30

    08/25/2015 12:35:13 PM PDT · by Abby4116 · 78 replies
    WMAL ^ | August 25, 2015
    NEW YORK — (CNN) Donald Trump must rule out a third party bid before October if he wants to compete in South Carolina’s Republican primary, a crucial test in the nominating contest. Trump has repeatedly refused to rule out a third party candidacy, noting that he could use the threat of an independent bid as leverage, but he cannot appear on the South Carolina primary ballot unless he pledges to support the GOP nominee in the general election.
  • Will the GOP Mount a Third-Party Challenge to Trump?

    12/20/2015 5:34:38 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 69 replies
    Politico ^ | Jeff Greenfield
    Donald Trump may have eased some Republican fears Tuesday night when he declared his intention to stay inside the party. But if their angst has been temporarily eased at the prospect of what he would do if he loses, they still face a far more troubling, and increasingly plausible, question. What happens to the party if he wins? Read more: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/12/donald-trump-2016-third-party-bid-213449#ixzz3uunF2pRX
  • S.C. joins state parties seeking to complicate Trump's run

    08/25/2015 11:11:35 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 57 replies
    Politico ^ | 08/25/2015 | ALEX ISENSTADT
    The South Carolina Republican Party is joining the push to tie Donald Trump’s hands. The state party announced on Tuesday that for presidential candidates to qualify for the South Carolina primary, they must pledge to support the Republican presidential nominee — and not run as a third-party candidate — in the general election. The move comes as two other state parties, North Carolina and Virginia, ponder similar loyalty pledges. It’s an offensive that is implicitly aimed at Trump, who has repeatedly refused to rule out a third-party run. It comes amid mounting frustration in Republican establishment circles over Trump’s candidacy....
  • “Republican First:” RPV stands up to Trump

    08/25/2015 6:13:33 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 46 replies
    It’s about time I get a chance to write something positive about RPV. According to Politico, RPV Chairman John Whitbeck and State Central have chosen to stand up to the Trumpkins and their Supreme Leader “The Donald.” RPV, along with the GOP in North Carolina, are considering making all presidential candidates sign a loyalty oath. This measure is being looked at to deter a 3rd party candidacy from billionaire populist candidate Donald Trump. Trump famously said in last month’s GOP Presidential Debate that he could not commit to supporting the eventual party nominee. The measure even has the endorsement of...
  • S. Carolina GOP Gives Trump Ultimatum-Pledge Allegiance to Rep. Nominee or You're Off Primary Ballot

    08/26/2015 11:01:33 AM PDT · by sevinufnine · 102 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | August 25, 2015 | Francesca Chambers
    Donald Trump has until the end of next month to formally declare his allegiance to the Republican Party or his name will not appear on the South Carolina presidential primary ballot. South Carolina GOP Chairman Matt Moore confirmed the requirement this afternoon that candidates filing as Republicans must pledge not to turn as a third-party candidate should they lose the nomination. At least two other states - Virginia and North Carolina - are contemplating similar moves as way of keeping the unpredictable billionaire in check.
  • Trump Reportedly Rules Out Third-Party Run (UPDATED)

    08/26/2015 6:13:27 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 08/26/2015 | by Matt Wilstein
    In the first moments of Fox News’ GOP debate earlier this month, Donald Trump was the only candidate on the stage would not vow to support the eventual nominee of the Republican Party, leaving the door open for an third-party campaign should he fail to secure the nomination. Now, The Huffington Post is reporting — in their Entertainment section, of course — that Trump has told “several top Republicans” that he has decided to rule out that possibility and commit himself fully to the GOP. Reporters Sam Stein and Ryan Grim cite “several sources” who were privy to the...
  • Graham leaving GOP puts key evangelical vote at risk...

    12/27/2015 7:31:37 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 46 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12-27-15 | Joseph Weber
    The Rev. Franklin Graham quitting the Republican Party poses a significant blow to the GOP's 2016 White House aspirations, especially if other evangelical pastors follow suit and their millions-plus congregations stay away from the polls. Graham suggested earlier this week that the last straw was congressional Republicans funding Planned Parenthood in the recently passed, $1.8 trillion tax-and-spending package, despite revelations about the group harvesting fetal tissue. However, he made clear Wednesday night that the funding was only part of the reason he left the GOP to become an independent. "It's not just that," Graham said on Fox News' "On the...
  • BREAKING: Ohio Makes Announcement That Should Put Trump 3rd Party Fears to Rest Permanently

    08/08/2015 9:43:36 PM PDT · by z taxman · 197 replies
    The Conservative Review ^ | Aug. 8, 2015 | Staff
    According to “sore loser” laws in the state of Ohio, any candidate who has chosen their party essentially can’t, at the last minute, run on a third-party ticket in the state. With Ohio being a crucial swing state, that’s a massive hurdle for team Trump to overcome, should they wish to run a third-party candidacy in the future. Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted and his spokesman, Joshua Eck, have already decided that due to the fact Trump “voluntarily participated” in the Republican primary debate in the state of Ohio, he’s already declared himself a Republican in the eyes of...
  • GOP Leader Donald Trump: I Will Not Run Third Party, I Will Only Run as a Republican (VIDEO)

    07/22/2015 11:23:16 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | July 21, 2015 | Jim Hoft
    Dana Loesch spoke with 2016 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump today on her Blaze television program. Dana asked Mr. Trump about sharing Lindsey Graham’s cell phone number with the public, the Planned Parenthood controversy, same sex marriage, and what he would do to fix the Veterans Administration. ** You can watch the entire interview here.(VIDEO-AT-LINK) Donald Trump told Dana he will not run third party and will only run as a Republican. Trump is currently leading the polls in Iowa. ** Much more here.
  • Jesse Ventura backs Bernie Sanders for president

    07/16/2015 10:18:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Minnesota Public Radio's Capitol View ^ | July 16, 2015 | Tom Scheck
    Former Gov. Jesse Ventura says he’s backing Sen. Bernie Sanders in his bid for president. In a blog post on his independent media site, Ventura praised Sanders for challenging Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Party nomination. “I think what Bernie Sanders is doing is extremely healthy,” Ventura wrote. “I love the idea of somebody throwing a fly in the ointment.” This isn’t the first time Ventura backed a presidential candidate looking to shake up the system. In 2008 and 2012, Ventura backed Republican Ron Paul for president. In 2004, Ventura backed Democrat John Kerry against Republican President George W. Bush....
  • Here's why Donald Trump is really starting to scare at least one prominent Republican (Perot 2.0)

    07/09/2015 2:17:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 9, 2015 | Maxwell Tani
    By even his own admission, Donald Trump has only a 10-20% chance of becoming the country's next president. And most Republicans don't consider him a threat to win the nomination. But at least one prominent Republican figure is starting to worry that Trump could end up on the general-election ballot in another way: by running as a third party candidate. At a meeting of Republican strategists and lobbyists reported by the New York Times on Thursday, former Republican congressman Thomas Davis raised the possibility that Trump could play spoiler as a third-party candidate. "You've got to keep him in the...
  • Trump: I'm not thinking third party -- for now

    07/08/2015 8:07:12 AM PDT · by entropy12 · 101 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 7/7/15 | Byron York
    Donald Trump's 2016 presidential run seems custom-made for a third party. The billionaire developer has never held political office, never run as a Republican or Democrat. He doesn't need a party's money-raising apparatus. His anti-politician appeal — "Politicians are never going to bring us to the promised land" — cuts equally against Republicans and Democrats. And as far as Republicans are concerned, Trump appears to connect with GOP voters who are so disgusted with the party's current Washington leadership that they would be open to a third-party campaign. But in an interview Tuesday, Trump said he has no interest in...
  • It is time for the Tea Party to become a political party

    09/05/2013 8:41:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 115 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 4, 2013 | Judson Phillips
    It is time for the Tea Party to divorce the Republican Party and start its own political party. Nature abhors a vacuum, and the Tea Party swept into the political vacuum left by the Republican Party in 2009. There was no voice for conservatives. The GOP had surrendered to its big government wing. And because of that, the GOP had been shellacked in 2006 and 2008. The GOP would not stand up for conservative principles and the Tea Party was born. In 2010, the Tea Party swept the Republicans into power in the House of Representatives. What does the Tea...
  • Gary Johnson: Obama will win. (GREAT, Vote for Gary = Obama +1)

    11/05/2012 6:47:06 PM PST · by carlo3b · 80 replies
    POLITICO ^ | 11/5/12 | ELIZABETH TITUS
    Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson said Monday he thinks President Barack Obama will defeat Mitt Romney to win a second term. “I think Obama’s going to win, that’s what I think,” Johnson told POLITICO in an interview. “[My vote is] really spread out, meaning I don’t think there’s any state that I’m going to do better than another.” Johnson, who’s on the ballot in 48 states and the District of Columbia, hovers in single digits in the polls. The former two-term New Mexico governor declined to single out any state where he expected to do particularly well but said...
  • The Perfect Storm for a 3rd Party run (Vanity)

    04/12/2012 6:31:24 AM PDT · by Mechanicos · 75 replies
    Self | Today | Self
    If Romney wins the nomination it will set up the Perfect Political Storm for the Democrats to run a 3rd Party "conservative" to siphon enough votes to let Obama win. Romney is so detestable to so many conservative and so similar to Obama on so many issues that for many there's no compelling reason to vote for him. Also, Obama and the Democrats have more then enough of a war chest as well as a complacent media to make a 3rd party run look worthwhile as well as feasible to the massive number of disenfranchised conservatives who reject Romney. With...
  • Growth of third parties reflects voter unease: Constitution Party makes Wyoming ballot

    04/02/2012 10:39:52 AM PDT · by xzins · 71 replies
    Trib.com ^ | March 29, 2012 | JEREMY PELZER
    The Constitution Party of Wyoming announced Wednesday that it has submitted enough petition signatures to become the state’s fifth recognized political party. It’s the most political parties Wyoming has had in more than a decade. Analysts say the number reflects voter discontent, but it is unlikely to make a significant impact on Wyoming elections, at least in the near future. Founded in 1992 as the U.S. Taxpayers Party, the Constitution Party is one of the top three minor parties in the United States. The party’s stated goals include restoring the Founding Fathers’ vision of a limited federal government based on...
  • As Romney's inevitability sets in, tell me about your third party.

    01/13/2012 6:37:07 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 54 replies
    Are there any conservative third party candidates of note this go around? I don't vote for progressives, and that includes Romney. So tell me about your candidates.
  • Is this how Obama win will be guaranteed? Group with ties to president engaged in 3rd party drive.

    01/06/2012 12:01:05 PM PST · by tutstar · 43 replies
    Klein Online ^ | 1 6 2012 | Aaron Klein
    AE has reportedly raised more than $22 million so far and has already been certified to be placed on the ballot in 12 states now, including California. To getting on state ballots, AE evidenced mass organizing skills. The group says it collected over 2 million signatures nationwide in its effort to get on state ballots. KleinOnline found that two of AE’s board members, Kellen Arno and Michael Arno, were paid by the group for helping to run the massive signature gathering drive via their firm, Arno Political Consultants. Michael Arno is senior adviser to the Podesta Group lobbying and public...
  • Blaze Exclusive: Donald Trump's Possible Third Party Run Gains Momentum

    12/30/2011 6:39:57 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 69 replies
    The Blaze ^ | December 29th | Mike Opelka
    The potential for a third party presidential run from billionaire developer and reality TV star Donald Trump may be closer to becoming a reality show of its own. The Blaze received a copy of a confidential email sent out late Thursday afternoon from a Florida Tea Party leader and personal friend of Trump. The email requested assistance in building a team in Texas to make certain that, if Trump chooses to run, his name would be on the ballot. The email included:
  • Paul Could Lead From Behind

    12/13/2011 1:53:57 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 13, 2011 | GERALD F. SEIB
    Ron Paul is the wild card in the Republican presidential deck—and that makes him one of the most important cards of all right now. ....If Mr. Paul does well in Iowa, he could so muddy the waters that there is no clear winner. An inconclusive outcome would be a boon for Mr. Romney, who hasn't done all that well in Iowa, and who is counting much more heavily on winning the New Hampshire primary a week later. A murky Iowa result would reduce any momentum the upstart Mr. Gingrich might enjoy heading into New Hampshire. New Hampshire, in turn, is...
  • Democrats should fear a third-party challenge in 2012

    11/29/2011 7:24:09 AM PST · by Brandonmark · 13 replies
    The Week ^ | November 29, 2011 | Edward Morrissey
    Independent runs by Ron Paul or Sarah Palin could cripple the GOP — but they're unlikely. A presidential bid by Michael Bloomberg, on the other hand... The first votes have not yet been cast in the Republican primaries, and we're already beginning to hear talk of independent runs for the presidency. In part, that springs from a sense of dissatisfaction — or at least surprise — with the way the primary field has performed this year, and with the candidates who appear to have risen to the top. Few would have guessed that after the surprising Tea Party triumph in...
  • Ron Paul Warns GOP Not To "Capitulate" On Taxes, Won't Rule Out Indy Bid (Hannity radio interview)

    11/18/2011 4:43:24 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 79 replies
    Ron Paul with Sean Hannity discussing the economy and the election. Paul talks about the lack of attention he receives, if he is not ignored altogether. Paul says he and his staff were "annoyed" by the fact that he only received 89 seconds to speak at the last Republican debate. Paul warned his Republican colleagues in the Congress that they better keep their pledge to not raise taxes. He says if they do "capitulate" on taxes then people will make them pay. "I have no intention of doing that," Paul says of a third-party run if he doesn't get the...
  • Panelists Predict Third Party in 2012 Presidential Election

    11/08/2011 5:57:59 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies
    Harvard Crimson ^ | 11/08/11 | Dillon van Auken
    Panelists Predict Third Party in 2012 Presidential Election By Dillon van Auken, CONTRIBUTING WRITER Published: Tuesday, November 08, 2011 Harvard Institute of Politics holds a forum called “Campaign 2012: How Americans Will Select Their Next President,” which focus on the possiblity of a third party option in the upcoming presidential election. A third party candidate might have a much better shot at winning the 2012 presidential election than most citizens believe, experts in campaign media and communications said at the Institute of Politics on Monday. The speakers identified Americans’ growing discontent with Washington partisanship and gridlock in Congress as factors...
  • New Democratic third Party Candidate

    11/04/2011 10:29:54 AM PDT · by tankcommander
    Youtube ^ | 30 Oct 2011 | John Frankovich Jr.
    I am running for the 2012 Presidential election as a 3rd Party Candidate to defeat the current administration in 2012. 3rd Party Candidate (Democrat)
  • Internet-Based Third Party to Challenge Obama, GOP (Nearly $22 million war chest)

    11/03/2011 10:06:36 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    KSTP-TV ^ | November 3, 2011 | Jennie Olson
    President Obama and his Republican opponent may have some tough competition from a third party in 2012. A nonpartisan group says it’s gathered millions of signatures along with millions of dollars from voters unhappy with Washington. The group, called Americans Elect, is creating an internet-based third party where voters will choose someone to run in next year’s election. So far, the site has more than 1.9 million signatures and raised almost $22 million.
  • Palin to run as independent? 'Not out of the realm of possibility'

    10/09/2011 6:15:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | October 9, 2011 | Drew Zahn
    A fellow tea-party candidate and Alaskan politician who drew Sarah Palin's endorsement in 2010 says it's not "out of the realm of possibility" that the former governor might still run for president in 2012 … as an independent. Former Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller evaluated the chances Palin might run in a conversation with Aaron Klein during the host's "Aaron Klein Investigative Radio" program on New York City's WABC Radio. When asked if Palin, who announced she would not seek the Republican nomination for president, might consider running as an independent, Miller replied, "You know, I think it's unlikely....
  • 3rd Parties...Destroyers of the Electoral Process

    08/22/2011 4:02:42 PM PDT · by CincyRichieRich · 22 replies
    8-22-11 | Self
    I don't have cable, so I do watch PBS Newshour as it is less annoying than the other network water carriers...tonight, Elliott Ackerman, COO of "America Elects" was on...he had a Clinton talking head with him,and they both love the internet-based method of putting another candidate selected by all 50 states on the ballot in each state...hmmm...not sure if he's a liberal, that is Ackerman, but it sure sounds like a way to undermine the electoral process with the end goal being to elect the president by popular vote...hmmm...so big cities will be the only ones who elect them because...
  • If GOP Caves, Hello Third Party

    07/27/2011 2:32:26 PM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 167 replies · 1+ views
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | 7/27/11 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Grand Rapids, Michigan. Hello, Dave. Great to have you with us on the program, sir. Hello. CALLER: Rush, we have fought the good fight. The Speaker has fought the good fight. We have concessions. There will be no taxes in this agreement. We have two options, Rush. We have the Speaker's plan, or Reid's plan. Rush, you said many times, we live in Realville. This is Realville, Rush. We have two plans, the Speaker's or Senator Reid's plan. The Speaker's plan is way better for us than Senator Reid's plan will ever be. RUSH: Senator Reid's plan...
  • Rep. Cantor: Popular parts of health law will be tackled in GOP repeal plan

    11/30/2010 1:31:44 PM PST · by RobinMasters · 56 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | NOVEMBER 30, 2010 | Christina Wilkie
    House Republicans are looking to repeal the healthcare reform law and replace it with one of their own early next year without interrupting two popular parts the administration has already begun to implement. They include a mandate that bars discrimination of pre-existing conditions and a stipulation that allows young people to remain on their parents' insurance plans until age 26. Incoming Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said Monday that they would do this by passing a GOP healthcare bill at the same time as repeal efforts are underway. Speaking to more than 100 students at American University, Cantor said,...
  • Governor Palin Talks To Foxnews At Tea Party Rally (If the GOP strays again then why not 3rd party)

    10/18/2010 8:14:31 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 48 replies
    conservatives4palin ^ | Monday October 18, 2010
    Palin: "This is the GOP last shot, it's their last chance....we will lost faith and be disappointed, we will be disenchanted if they start straying from the bed rock principles that can help grow our economy. If they start straying, then why not a third party....that's what people will start asking Link to Video:
  • Lisa Murkowski: 'Premature' to talk 3rd party bid( Typical RNC Republican )

    08/26/2010 8:57:39 AM PDT · by Leisler · 52 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/25/2010 | SHIRA TOEPLITZ |
    According to a source with direct knowledge of the meeting, the NRSC staff urged Murkowski's campaign to use the more than $2 million she had in the bank to start attacking Miller and define him before he did the same to her. As recently as two months ago, Murkowski and her campaign team reassured National Republican Senatorial Committee officials that she was on track to win the primary. The incumbent had more than $1.8 million in the bank as of two weeks before the primary—more than 21 times the $84,000 that Miller reported at the same time.