Just when you thought the Republican primary couldn't get any more exciting, Buddy Roemer has decided to run for president as an independent. So many questions come to mind. Like, who on earth is Buddy Roemer?
He's the former one-term Louisiana governor whose quixotic bid to get invited to the GOP debates made him a political punch line. Well he's fed up being ignored as a Republican and is now determined to be ignored as an independent.
Roemer made his big announcement in a statement released today…
As the GOP and the networks host debate number twenty-something this evening, they have once again turned their backs on the democratic process by choosing to exclude a former Governor and Congressman. I have decided to take my campaign directly to the American people by declaring my candidacy for Americans Elect.
Also, after many discussions with The Reform Party, I am excited to announce my intentions of seeking their nomination. It is time to heal our nation and build a coalition of Americans who are fed up with the status quo and the partisan gridlock that infects Washington. Together, we will take on the special-interests that control our leaders and end the corruptive influence of money in politics so we can focus on America’s top priority — jobs.
Unlike the other candidates, Buddy Roemer just wants to focus on jobs. Specifically, how he can get one. Because he really, really needs a job, or a hobby. Or just anything to distract him from this hopeless presidential bid.
With his Republican credentials and support for the Occupy Wall Street movement, it's hard to predict whether Roemer will draw more votes from the right or left. But he's definitely got the support of that one annoying college friend who fills your Facebook feed with incoherent political rants and Bukowski quotes.
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Tags: Americans Elect, Buddy Roemer, Independent, Louisiana, Primaries, Republicans
There is currently just-next-to-zero speculation that Jon Huntsman will be running for president as the Republican nominee.
So, in comparison to that, there's actually quite a bit of speculation that Jon Huntsman will be running as a third-party candidate. And just as much excitement (comparatively speaking)…
After vowing to run as a Republican or nothing at all, Huntsman gave himself a little wiggle room this week to be the nominee of Americans Elect, a well-funded nonprofit group well on its way to getting on the presidential ballot in all 50 states.
The lagging GOP contender told The Daily he is "not even considering" an Americans Elect run, though he quickly added the qualifier "when I'm running as a Republican."
Only two weeks ago, Huntsman told Fox News Sunday that he absolutely would not run as an independent and would support his party’s nominee.
Ooooooohhhh… I get it. He won't run as a third-party candidate "when [he's] running as a Republican." That's like saying, "I didn't sleep with your sister." Very slick.
Let's, for the sake of speculating about speculations, say that Huntsman is interested as running on the Americans Elect ticket. How exactly would that work?
Americans Elect is creating an online presidential nominating process similar to the system used to select "American Idol" winners…
Internet users will vote on the candidates, who will be chosen in successive rounds starting in April and ending no later than June. Users also will be able to suggest candidates and debate platforms.
Aha. So, Jon Huntsman would actually have to win something to run for president as the Americans Elect nominee. I see…
So, why are we even talking about this?
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Tags: Americans Elect, Jon Huntsman, Primaries, Republicans, Third Party