• Those Who Won't Be President, We Salute You

    While Mitt Romney and Barack Obama battle for the title of Almighty Ruler of the Kingdom of the Electoral College, let's take a moment to remember the candidates who won't win… but run anyway.

    Last fall we launched a little interview series we called Undercision 2012: Running with the Underdogs. Here's our conversation with Fred Karger, the openly gay Republican who did not end his campaign after Mitt Romney became the GOP's presumptive nominee. (He waited until June.)

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    Our interviews with Gary Johnson, Jill Stein and more after the jump…

    When we spoke to Libertarian candidate Gov. Gary Johnson in September 2011 he was still a Republican. He told us he planned to remain a Republican. Obviously, he lied about that. As far as we know he wasn't lying about anything else.

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    We also did this weird interview with Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, who eventually left Congress amidst a swirl of sweet guitar riffs and fraud accusations.

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    Earlier this year, we traveled to Baltimore to cover the Green Party's national convention. We got an exclusive — some might even say wide-ranging — interview with Dr. Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala. We also sat in on a high-level party policy meeting. Then we played bingo.

    So here's to you, third-party dreamers! Here's to the rebels, weirdos and outlaws living on the fringes of America's two-party political system, smoking clove cigarettes and slouching in the alleyways where Super PAC dollars are afraid to go! May you never get a haircut and a squaresville sales job! And may Buddy Roemer never stop tweeting!


    Tags: Cheri Honkala, Election Day 2012, Fred Karger, Gary Johnson, Green Party, Jill Stein, Libertarian, Republicans, Thaddeus McCotter, Third Party

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