Laying The Groundwork For A Third Party In 2012

By Will Roseliep


Dec. 7, 2011

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Former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer is among the presidential contenders profiled, but not endorsed, on the Americans Elect website, which encourages voters to pick their own candidate. (William S. Saturn/Wikimedia)

BOSTON — After years of headline-grabbing third-party presidential candidates who didn’t make it to the finish line… will 2012 finally see a viable third party on the ballot?
A new group called Americans Elect thinks so. The group plans to hold online elections to determine its nominee for the Oval Office and is billing the process as “the first direct presidential nomination.”
Americans Elect advisor Mark McKinnon, a former consultant to former President George W. Bush and Sen. John McCain, said on “The Callie Crossley Show” that Americans are ready to vote third-party because they're feeling very disenfranchised.
“You talk to voters and look at their erosion in trust in government, trust in the Democratic and Republican party, trust in institutions — in my view, there's never been a better time in American politics for this kind of candidacy,” he said.
Americans Elect hopes to be on the ballot in all 50 states come Election Day. However, third-party candidates have historically had less success campaigning against the two major parties.

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