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Manchin, at No Labels Event, Won't Rule Out Third-Party 2024 Bid

If he does run, senator says, he won't be a 'spoiler'

(Newser) - Joe Manchin, speaking at an event for the No Labels nonprofit Monday in New Hampshire, offered up the latest fodder for the will-he-or-won't-he discussion around the senator and the 2024 presidential race. No Labels, which is starting to worry Democrats who think it could hand the election to Donald...

Andrew Yang Forms 'Inclusive' 3rd Party

Key principles include universal basic income and 'grace and tolerance'

(Newser) - Andrew Yang wants to overhaul politics, from the two-party system to political campaigns, as he writes in a new book out Tuesday. In the final chapter of Forward: Notes on the Future of Our Democracy, the former Democratic presidential and New York City mayoral candidate reveals the name of a...

Anti-Trump Republicans Plan Ultimatum for Their Party
GOP Names
to Threaten
Third Party

GOP Names to Threaten Third Party

Public letter will push the GOP to be rational again, organizer says

(Newser) - Christine Todd Whitman and Tom Ridge are among the more than 100 Republicans who have said they'll sign a letter demanding that the party change direction. If it doesn't, the group warns, the GOP can expect to be challenged by a third political party. The group is opposed...

Gallup: Most Republicans Now Think a Third Party Is Needed

Support among all voters is at a record high

(Newser) - "I didn't leave the Democratic Party. The party left me," Ronald Reagan famously said after becoming a Republican in 1962. According to a new Gallup poll , a record number of Republicans now feel their party has left them. The poll found that 62% of Americans feel the...

Report: Group Wants to Flee 'Extremist' GOP, Form 3rd Party

Evan McMullin tells outlets about anti-Trump idea

(Newser) - Just how divided is the Republican Party? Divided enough that some 50 former Republican officials are on board to form a third US political party to serve as a counter to a GOP under the thumb of a wannabe autocrat, according to Reuters . The outlet cites "four people involved...

Trump Weighs In on the Idea of an Amash Run

'Wonderful candidate,' Trump says

(Newser) - Rep. Justin Amash on Tuesday took a step toward launching his own third-party bid for the presidency—and President Trump essentially told him to go for it on Wednesday. In what the Hill terms a "mocking" tweet, Trump wrote, "I think Amash would make a wonderful candidate, especially...

2-Time Presidential Candidate Ross Perot Is Dead

He once got an impressive 19% of the vote as an independent

(Newser) - H. Ross Perot, the colorful, self-made Texas billionaire who rose from a childhood of Depression-era poverty and twice ran for president as a third-party candidate, has died at age 89. Perot, whose 19% of the vote in 1992 stands among the best showings by an independent candidate in the past...

Howard Schultz Roasted Over 'Billionaire' Comment
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Howard Schultz Has Alternative for Term 'Billionaire'

Former Starbucks CEO and possible 2020 contender rephrases to 'people of means'

(Newser) - Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz's maybe-campaign for 2020 doesn't seem to be having a great start . In the latest development, Schultz is taking a ribbing for bristling at the term "billionaire" and instead suggesting something like "people of means." The details:
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Hell or High Water, Blankenship Says He'll Be on Ballot

Intends to run for US Senate in November as Constitution Party candidate

(Newser) - Don Blankenship's political career isn't going gently into that good night. Though Politico reports he finished "a distant" third in West Virginia's Republican primary for US Senate—state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey secured the nomination—he still plans to vie for the seat and says he...

Ex-Politico CEO: America Needs an 'Innovation Party'

Columnist floats 3rd party led by the likes of Zuckerberg or Sandberg

(Newser) - One of the co-founders of Politico makes the case that the success of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders shows that America is ready for a third-party movement. Those two have raised a "terrific middle finger" to the establishment, but neither presents a coherent governing strategy, writes Jim VandeHei in...

GOP's Roemer Mounts Indie Run
 GOP's Roemer 
 Mounts Indie Run 

GOP's Roemer Mounts Indie Run

He'll jump into fray with Americans Elect and Reform Party

(Newser) - A GOP candidate is dropping out of the presidential primary race—not that most people ever knew he was in it. Buddy Roemer is ending his long-shot GOP bid , and exchanging it for an even longer-shot independent bid, the former Louisiana governor announced today. "I have decided to take...

McCain Predicts 'Fed-Up Party'

He may be most prominent politician so far to float the idea

(Newser) - Some have called for a third political party, and you can add John McCain to the list of people who think one will emerge. He first brought up the possibility last year, but yesterday his forecast got even sharper. "Unless both parties change, then I think that it'...

Time for Gays to Go Nader on Democrats

Fundraising boycott a good idea but doesn't go far enough

(Newser) - The two-party system gives gay Americans a terrible deal, and the proposed gay boycott of Democratic National Committee fundraising is a big step in the right direction toward changing the situation, writes Emma Ruby-Sachs . Cutting off funds to the party will push Democrats toward eliminating discrimination against gays and could...

Third-Party Picks Causing Barely a Ripple

Barr, Nader not polling high enough to be game-changers

(Newser) - Third-party candidates across the nations are highly unlikely to siphon off anywhere near a significant number of votes this election day, Time reports. Libertarian Bob Barr is polling around 1%—down from a peak of 6% in the summer—with Ralph Nader faring the same. The longshot candidates say their...

Nader, Barr Could Still Tip Some Tight Races

Third-party candidates could play a role in some states

(Newser) - Third-party candidates haven’t won much attention in this election, but in some hotly contested states their candidacies could still affect the outcome, the Boston Globe reports. Independent Ralph Nader and Libertarian Bob Barr could play a role in Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Missouri, and Ohio, among others, the paper reports—...

Libertarian Barr Not Here for the Party Unity
Libertarian Barr Not Here for
the Party Unity

Libertarian Barr Not Here for the Party Unity

Greets Ron Paul's 'undorsement' with snub, solo event

(Newser) - When Ron Paul convened a coalition of third-party candidates yesterday and endorsed them all, he dashed Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr’s hopes of a solo Paul endorsement, writes Dana Milbank in the Washington Post. So Barr staged a separate press conference, where he announced that he’s not here...

Paul Un dorses McCain, Obama
 Paul Undorses McCain, Obama 

Paul Undorses McCain, Obama

Texan calls for strong third-party protest vote

(Newser) - Ron Paul wants you to vote for a third-party candidate, CNN reports. The failed Republican presidential wannabe doesn’t particularly care whether you back Ralph Nader, Bob Barr, Cynthia McKinney, or Chuck Baldwin—all of whom are declared candidates—but he had no kind words for John McCain or Barack...

EBay Will Open Doors to Outside Programmers

Openness move won't take off until 2009

(Newser) - EBay has revealed a plan to let third-party software programs work within its Selling Manager, a tool used by 700,000 large merchants. Project Echo is the latest landmark in an openness movement that helped Facebook hit its stride, Reuters reports, as independent developers will soon have their software promoted...

Nader Will Reveal Election Plans
Nader Will Reveal Election Plans

Nader Will Reveal Election Plans

He'll announce decision on 'Meet the Press' Sunday

(Newser) - Ralph Nader will announce this weekend whether he intends to run for president again. He's been talking to “lots of people on all sorts of levels” about a potential bid, said Nader's spokesman from the 2004 race. The announcement comes Sunday on "Meet the Press." “Obviously,...

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