Wednesday, May 9, 2012

President Obama Campaign Event in Richmond, Virginia

May 5, 2012

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President Obama and Michelle Obama spoke at a campaign rally at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Columbus, Ohio
Saturday, May 5, 2012
President Obama launches his official campaign for re-election today with stops in Columbus, Ohio, and Richmond, Virginia. The two states are expected to be swing states in the 2012 election.
He told supporters in Ohio and Virginia, "If people ask you what this campaign is about, you tell them it’s still about hope. You tell them it’s still about change. You tell them it’s still about ordinary people who believe that in the face of great odds, we can make a difference in the life of this country."
President Obama won both states in 2008. A recent poll by Quinnipiac University has Mitt Romney and President Obama tied in Ohio, and in Florida, another key swing state.
Each event today includes more than two hours of speakers and campaign videos with the President and First Lady arriving at the end. In Ohio, Sen. Sherrod Brown is expected to speak. In Virginia, Former Gov. Tim Kaine is among the expected speakers.
The stops, at The Ohio State University and Virginia Commonwealth University, are a sign that the campaign is hoping to re-energize young voters, who played a key role in the President's 2008 campaign. Mitt Romney campaigned in Virginia on Thursday, visiting a marine manufacturing and services company in Portsmouth with Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and Minnesota Rep. Michelle Bachmann.
President Obama will be joined by First Lady Michelle Obama at both of today's stops.

First Thoughts: The margins told the story

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Voters arrive at Overbrook Elementary School in Charleston to cast their votes in the primary election, Tuesday, May 8, 2012.

No surprises in results last night, but the margins told the story … Lugar’s Jerry Maguire manifesto … A nasty month coming in Wisconsin – the toxicity will hit new heights if that’s possible … Romney tries to use Clinton to pivot, but will it work? … Obama’s North Carolina mess – how’s scheduling the convention there look now? … It’s been a bad start to the week for the president.
From NBC’s Chuck Todd, Domenico Montanaro, Natalie Cucchiara, Carrie Dann, and Brooke Brower

*** The margins told the story: The overall results went largely as expected last night in Indiana, North Carolina, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, the surprises were in the margins. State Treasurer Richard Mourdock was expected to beat incumbent Sen. Richard Lugar, but not by 20 points; Amendment One – banning gay marriage and civil unions in North Carolina -- was expected to pass, but not by 20 points; Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett was expected to beat Kathleen Falk, but not by almost 20 points; President Obama was expected to win the West Virginia primary, but not to be WITHIN 20 points TO A CONVICTED FELON SITTING IN FEDERAL PRISON IN ANOTHER STATE. By the way, wonder why Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin says he’s not sure who he’ll vote for this fall in the presidential election? This is why -- and why West Virginia will continue to be the butt of jokes by coastal elites.

The Daily Rundown's Chuck Todd shares the results of key voters in Indiana, Wisconsin and North Carolina.

*** Lugar’s Jerry Maguire manifesto: All it was missing was the Catcher in the Rye cover. In what had to be a cathartic 1,426-word good-bye letter, Lugar lambasted the partisan, ideologically driven, no-compromise culture that now dominates in Washington, even the Senate.  “Unfortunately, we have an increasing number of legislators in both parties who have adopted an unrelenting partisan viewpoint.  … Partisans at both ends of the political spectrum are dominating the political debate in our country. And partisan groups, including outside groups that spent millions against me in this race, are determined to see that this continues.”

*** Regrets, Too Few To Mention: Lugar said he wouldn’t run as an independent, would support Mourdock, but said his “embrace of an unrelenting partisan mindset is irreconcilable with my philosophy of governance and my experience of what brings results for Hoosiers in the Senate” and of “reflexive votes for a rejectionist orthodoxy and rigid opposition to the actions and proposals of the other party.” It’s a fascinating read, one maybe he should have put out over the weekend – not that it would have made much difference. But it was also an acknowledgment that Lugar, who kept a smile on his face and dismissed the freight train that was coming, knew what was happening all along. Mourdock will be on “Daily Rundown” later this morning. What’s fascinating about him: he makes no apologies for being an ideologue and sees his job in the Senate, not as legislator, but as proselytizer. If elected, he’ll be firmly in the DeMint caucus.

*** A new level of toxicity: Start tuning into Wisconsin if you haven’t been already. We’re about to have a month of a knock-down, drag-out fight in like we’ve never seen. Tens of millions of dollars have already been spent on the June 5th recall election, and millions more will be poured in before it’s all said and done. What’s happening in Wisconsin will highlight the toxicity and levels of anger in the country on both sides. There’s a difference between being evenly divided and polarized. In the modern era (the 1960s and 1860s were pretty bad, too), this started with the Bill Clinton impeachment, then Bush v. Gore, increased use of filibusters on both sides, the Tea Party, ideological purges, compromise being a dirty word. It feels like we’re getting to another level of absurdity on polarization. Is there a breaking point? Majorities claim they don’t like it but they keep supporting it, either via their primary votes or, by NOT voting.

*** Romney uses Clinton to try a real pivot…: Yesterday was the first time in a speech that was supposed to be a pivot speech when it actually felt like Romney was pivoting to the general election. Every other time he was supposedly pivoting, it felt more like he was still trying to appease conservative voters – not independents. Well, yesterday he was in the accepted birth state of the famous Reagan Democrats – Michigan, where he was born and raised, and he invoked Bill Clinton, trying to put paint Pres. Obama as someone who has turned his back on Clintonism. “President Clinton said the era of big government was over,” Romney said. “President Obama brought it back with a vengeance.” Obama likes to do this with Republican presidents past, too. See Reagan and Eisenhower. The difference – those guys are dead and can’t respond. Clinton can defend himself and Obama; we have no doubt Clinton can’t wait to respond. Clinton already has responded to these charges before; he says he was able to do what he in the 1990s because he had a GOP that wanted to work with him, Obama doesn’t, Clinton has said. Romney’s essentially picking a debate with Bill Clinton. This feels like an attempt to rebut what the Democratic talking point has been (and will be in the wake of the Lugar defeat) that this is not your father’s Republican Party. All this praise for Clinton from Republicans (and Democrats for Reagan) reminded us of how Jon Stewart mocked both parties for forgetting all the nasty things they said about both presidents. “Every four years, apparently history has a piano dropped on its head,” Stewart joked.

*** But would Romney fight for Clinton’s priorities? Of course, Clinton’s already been in a campaign video for Obama, is hosting fundraisers for him, and even came to President Obama’s side in the briefing room during the debt-ceiling debate. By the way, at that press conference, Clinton laid out the things he thinks are worth fighting for: (1) “fighting against the repeal of the health care law,” (2) “a ferocious fight to avoid repeal of the student loan reform…,” and (3) “it’s worth fighting against repeal of the financial reform and the assurance it gives us that we won’t have another meltdown….” We don’t think we’ll hear Romney advocating for “ObamaCare,” subsidized student loans, or Dodd-Frank any time soon.

*** Obama’s North Carolina mess: It seemed like a good idea at the time -- two years ago when the Obama campaign team decided to pick North Carolina as its convention state. It would give them a chance to organize and maybe put in play an “expand-the-map” state. With a sitting Democratic governor not running for reelection because she’d probably lose, a sexual harassment scandal within the state party, AND Amendment One passing OVERWHELMINGLY, Obama and Democrats have a real mess on their hands – and maybe that strategy was too cute by half. National Journal: “The overwhelming North Carolina vote to define marriage as legal only between a man and woman is an unequivocal reminder that gay marriage remains unappealing in many parts of the country, even as its support grows overall nationally.” The Democratic convention is almost assured to see a platform fight over gay marriage, and it’ll be taking place in a state that resoundingly rejected it. By the way, keep this in mind, the president will be accepting his party’s nomination in a state that has both “Right to Work” laws and constitutionally bans gay marriage – in a stadium named for “Bank of America” mind you. About that Minneapolis convention bid…

*** Obama’s terrible campaign week: The campaign roll out over the weekend went well. Despite Republicans talking about the empty seats at Ohio State, he still draw four times the crowds (if not more) than Romney. But then Biden’s gay-marriage comments stepped on that roll out. Yesterday, when Obama traveled to Albany, he looked energy-less, almost like he realized what he was proposing was going nowhere or what he was proposing would get no attention thanks to Biden and gay marriage. And to top it off, some felon gets 40% in West Virginia. This is not how they envisioned the campaign roll out week going. It’s reminiscent of all the bad day AFTER primary days Romney accumulated this year. The good news for the Obama White House: a pretty good national security feat in Yemen; of course, now they have to clean up the mess that’s been created by the public leaking of the fact the CIA and its allies had a double-agent working for them.

*** On the trail – does Romney get asked about civil unions in Colorado? Mitt Romney will campaign in Fort Upton in Colorado. (By the way, watch to see if Romney’s asked about civil unions and same-sex marriage while there. Colorado just had a heated fight LAST NIGHT over a civil union measure that was blocked from going to the floor by the Republican House leader. Romney will also be in Oklahoma with Gov. Mary Fallin for an event at the Oklahoma Republican Party Headquarters. … President Obama will meet with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen in the Oval Office to discuss final preparations for the upcoming NATO summit in Chicago. Later, the President and First Lady Michelle Obama will host a concert in the East Room honoring songwriters Burt Bacharach and Hal David, who will be awarded the 2012 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.
Countdown to Wisconsin recall election: 27
Countdown to Arizona 8 (Giffords seat) special election: 34
Countdown to Utah Senate primary: 48 days
Countdown to Election Day: 181 days

Backers of North Carolina gay marriage ban: State no longer 'vulnerable'

Gov. Bev Perdue shares her thoughts on the gay marriage fight taking place in North Carolina on Tuesday and struggles to say whether she is for or against gay marriage itself.

Updated at 8:30 a.m. ET: North Carolina voters approved a constitutional amendment Tuesday night banning gay marriage, but the measure also goes one step further by not allowing civil unions.

The state becomes the last in the South to approve an anti-gay marriage amendment and joins 30 others with similar measures. Incomplete returns Tuesday night showed the amendment passing by 60 percent of the vote.
The amendment, also known as Amendment One, would make marriage the only legal domestic union valid in the state. Opponents said the measure was unnecessary because a state statute has banned gay marriage in North Carolina since 1996. They also argued that domestic partners – both straight and gay – and their children could lose health benefits under the amendment, but advocates for the new measure claim that will not happen.
Making this a constitutional amendment was important, said Rachel Lee, a spokeswoman for Vote For Marriage NC, because “those statutes are vulnerable to the will of an activist judge or future legislature who could overturn the law with a single court ruling or by a single vote of the legislature.”
Lee watched the election results at a party in Raleigh with grassroots coordinators and coalition members. When it became clear the amendment had passed, they cut a vanilla wedding cake topped with a figurine of a bride and groom.
“If you looked at a map of our country, you saw North Carolina as the only one in the Southeast without an amendment preserving marriage between a man and a woman,” Lee said after the results had come in. “North Carolina had a target on her back.”
Half of Americans support gay marriage in new Gallup Poll
To overturn the amendment approved Tuesday night, the legislature would have to overrule the amendment by a three-fifths vote and get voter approval. Before the amendment passed, a judge or simple legislative majority could have overturned the 1996 statute banning gay marriage.
“This puts up a bigger barrier,” said John Dinan, a political science professor at Wake Forest University.
Dinan said the amendment was introduced after Republicans won a majority in both houses of the state legislature in 2010.
“It’s been a pretty easy win in every southern state,” Dinan said. “It never got to the ballot in North Carolina because Democratic legislatures never let it get there.”
Dinan said the amendment’s impacts would not be immediate.

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Hundreds of people gather behind the state capitol for a rally supporting a constitutional ban on gay marriage in Raleigh, N.C., on April 20, 2012.
“The one place it could make a difference is in eight or nine cities in North Carolina that give out insurance benefits to same-sex couples,” Dinan said. “Lawyers might have to start taking a real close look at those insurance benefits that are given out and they might have to change those.”
Melissa and Libby Hodges of Durham could be among those affected by the amendment. They worry their 5-year-old daughter may lose her health benefits, as she is covered by Libby, who cannot legally adopt her. By Tuesday afternoon, the moms had filled out paperwork for private insurance.
Jeremy Kennedy, campaign manager for Protect All NC Families, which was against the amendment, echoed the concern about health benefits for domestic partners, gay or straight. His group also is worried that victims of domestic violence may no longer be covered by statutes addressing that type of crime.
“We know the consequences that we’re listing, but there’s a whole bunch of unintended consequences that we probably haven’t even thought of yet that will come up in the courts after this,” Kennedy said.
Thomas Peters, cultural director of the National Organization for Marriage, which supports the amendment, said children of gay parents in other states where similar amendments have passed have not lost their health insurance. He said he doubts that would happen in North Carolina.
Lee said the amendment would “in no way impact domestic violence protections, child custody or end of life desires."

Voting began early Tuesday on the marriage amendment and candidate races in the 2012 primary, but 512,000 people – or 8 percent of registered voters – already had participated through absentee ballot, according to the State Board of Elections. That record turnout surpassed even the 2008 primary, which included Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton on the ballot, according to Democracy North Carolina.
Several high-profile figures – from former President Bill Clinton to evangelist Billy Graham – and national advocacy groups weighed in on the amendment.
“We’re having a great debate about marriage in this country, and it’s not at all settled about which way we’re going to go,” Peters said.
Before North Carolina's amendment passed, the last state to approve a constitutional amendment did so in 2008. Eight states and the District of Columbia allow same-sex marriage.

Back in Durham, Libby and Melissa Hodges were debating whether to move to another state, where gay marriage would be legal.
They moved to North Carolina from Georgia in part because at the time, North Carolina allowed gay partners to adopt their children. That is no longer legal.
“My brother said, ‘If the amendment passes, North Carolina will be more backward than Georgia, will you move back to Georgia then?’” Melissa Hodges said. “I said, ‘You’re so wonderfully sweet, but no.’”
But leaving North Carolina would be hard. Both are city planners close to being vested in the state’s pension plan. Selling their home would be difficult, Melissa Hodges added, and their daughter was accepted into their first-choice kindergarten. Plus, another move would take her away from her brother, with whom she is close.
On Tuesday night, the Hodges watched the results online after putting their daughter to bed.
"She asked us before we put her to bed to make sure to tell her in the morning that we won," Melissa Hodges said. "She doesn't get the stuff with health insurance, but we told her that we'll always take care of her, not to worry about that."'s Isolde Raftery contributed to this report.

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Lugar's goodbye

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Sen. Richard Lugar Loses Indiana Senate Race

Six-term senator loses to Tea Party candidate Richard Mourdock.

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Richard Mourdock Wins Indiana Primary

Mourdock defeated six-term Republican Sen. Rickard Lugar.

Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock breaks down his defeat of six-term Sen. Dick Lugar, R-Ind.
An epic good-bye letter, passed along by NBC's Libby Leist, from Sen. Richard Lugar, dissecting everything he sees that's wrong with Washington and both parties:
Prepared Statement of Senator Richard G. Lugar  on the Concluded Indiana Senate Primary

May 8, 2012

I would like to comment on the Senate race just concluded and the direction of American politics and the Republican Party.   I would reiterate from my earlier statement that I have no regrets about choosing to run for office.  My health is excellent, I believe that I have been a very effective Senator for Hoosiers and for the country, and I know that the next six years would have been a time of great achievement.  Further, I believed that vital national priorities, including job creation, deficit reduction, energy security, agriculture reform, and the Nunn-Lugar program, would benefit from my continued service as a Senator.  These goals were worth the risk of an electoral defeat and the costs of a hard campaign.
Analysts will speculate about whether our campaign strategies were wise.  Much of this will be based on conjecture by pundits who don't fully appreciate the choices we had to make based on resource limits, polling data, and other factors.  They also will speculate whether we were guilty of overconfidence.  
The truth is that the headwinds in this race were abundantly apparent long before Richard Mourdock announced his candidacy.  One does not highlight such headwinds publically when one is waging a campaign.  But I knew that I would face an extremely strong anti-incumbent mood following a recession.  I knew that my work with then-Senator Barack Obama would be used against me, even if our relationship were overhyped.  I also knew from the races in 2010 that I was a likely target of Club for Growth, FreedomWorks and other Super Pacs dedicated to defeating at least one Republican as a purification exercise to enhance their influence over other Republican legislators.
We undertook this campaign soberly and we worked very hard in 2010, 2011, and 2012 to overcome these challenges.   There never was a moment when my campaign took anything for granted.  This is why we put so much effort into our get out the vote operations.
Ultimately, the re-election of an incumbent to Congress usually comes down to whether voters agree with the positions the incumbent has taken.   I knew that I had cast recent votes that would be unpopular with some Republicans and that would be targeted by outside groups.  
These included my votes for the TARP program, for government support of the auto industry, for the START Treaty, and for the confirmations of Justices Sotomayor and Kagan.  I also advanced several propositions that were considered heretical by some, including the thought that Congressional earmarks saved no money and turned spending power over to unelected bureaucrats and that the country should explore options for immigration reform.  
It was apparent that these positions would be attacked in a Republican primary.  But I believe that they were the right votes for the country, and I stand by them without regrets, as I have throughout the campaign.  
From time to time during the last two years I heard from well-meaning individuals who suggested that I ought to consider running as an independent.  My response was always the same: I am a Republican now and always have been.  I have no desire to run as anything else.  All my life, I have believed in the Republican principles of small government, low taxes, a strong national defense, free enterprise, and trade expansion.  According to Congressional Quarterly vote studies, I supported President Reagan more often than any other Senator.   I want to see a Republican elected President, and I want to see a Republican majority in the Congress.  I hope my opponent wins in November to help give my friend Mitch McConnell a majority.  
If Mr. Mourdock is elected, I want him to be a good Senator.  But that will require him to revise his stated goal of bringing more partisanship to Washington.   He and I share many positions, but his embrace of an unrelenting partisan mindset is irreconcilable with my philosophy of governance and my experience of what brings results for Hoosiers in the Senate.  In effect, what he has promised in this campaign is reflexive votes for a rejectionist orthodoxy and rigid opposition to the actions and proposals of the other party.  His answer to the inevitable roadblocks he will encounter in Congress is merely to campaign for more Republicans who embrace the same partisan outlook.  He has pledged his support to groups whose prime mission is to cleanse the Republican party of those who stray from orthodoxy as they see it.
This is not conducive to problem solving and governance.  And he will find that unless he modifies his approach, he will achieve little as a legislator.  Worse, he will help delay solutions that are totally beyond the capacity of partisan majorities to achieve.  The most consequential of these is stabilizing and reversing the Federal debt in an era when millions of baby boomers are retiring.   There is little likelihood that either party will be able to impose their favored budget solutions on the other without some degree of compromise.  
Unfortunately, we have an increasing number of legislators in both parties who have adopted an unrelenting partisan viewpoint.  This shows up in countless vote studies that find diminishing intersections between Democrat and Republican positions.  Partisans at both ends of the political spectrum are dominating the political debate in our country.   And partisan groups, including outside groups that spent millions against me in this race, are determined to see that this continues.  They have worked to make it as difficult as possible for a legislator of either party to hold independent views or engage in constructive compromise.  If that attitude prevails in American politics, our government will remain mired in the dysfunction we have witnessed during the last several years.  And I believe that if this attitude expands in the Republican Party, we will be relegated to minority status.  Parties don't succeed for long if they stop appealing to voters who may disagree with them on some issues.
Legislators should have an ideological grounding and strong beliefs identifiable to their constituents.   I believe I have offered that throughout my career.  But ideology cannot be a substitute for a determination to think for yourself, for a willingness to study an issue objectively, and for the fortitude to sometimes disagree with your party or even your constituents.  Like Edmund Burke, I believe leaders owe the people they represent their best judgment.  
Too often bipartisanship is equated with centrism or deal cutting.  Bipartisanship is not the opposite of principle.  One can be very conservative or very liberal and still have a bipartisan mindset.  Such a mindset acknowledges that the other party is also patriotic and may have some good ideas.  It acknowledges that national unity is important, and that aggressive partisanship deepens cynicism, sharpens political vendettas, and depletes the national reserve of good will that is critical to our survival in hard times.  Certainly this was understood by President Reagan, who worked with Democrats frequently and showed flexibility that would be ridiculed today - from assenting to tax increases in the 1983 Social Security fix, to compromising on landmark tax reform legislation in 1986, to advancing arms control agreements in his second term.
I don't remember a time when so many topics have become politically unmentionable in one party or the other.   Republicans cannot admit to any nuance in policy on climate change.  Republican members are now expected to take pledges against any tax increases.  For two consecutive Presidential nomination cycles, GOP candidates competed with one another to express the most strident anti-immigration view, even at the risk of alienating a huge voting bloc.  Similarly, most Democrats are constrained when talking about such issues as entitlement cuts, tort reform, and trade agreements.  Our political system is losing its ability to even explore alternatives.   If fealty to these pledges continues to expand, legislators may pledge their way into irrelevance.  Voters will be electing a slate of inflexible positions rather than a leader.
I hope that as a nation we aspire to more than that.  I hope we will demand judgment from our leaders.  I continue to believe that Hoosiers value constructive leadership.  I would not have run for office if I did not believe that.
As someone who has seen much in the politics of our country and our state, I am able to take the long view.  I have not lost my enthusiasm for the role played by the United States Senate.  Nor has my belief in conservative principles been diminished.  I expect great things from my party and my country.   I hope all who participated in this election share in this optimism.

Hillary Clinton Sports New, More Relaxed Style

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The secretary has been going au natural with no makeup or contacts.. 

Video of President Obama's Support of Same Sex Marriage

Obama Affirms Support for Same-Sex Marriage

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Obama Kids Shaped President on Same-Sex Marriage

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Michelle Obama's View on Same-Sex Marriage

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Obama Backs Gay Marriage: Campaign Issue?

ABC News' Rick Klein weighs in on the president's stance on same-sex marriage.
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Third Party Candidates

These are just a couple of the candidates from several different third parties.  If the National parties do not do anything for you. Check out the third Parties, and get involved. It is an election year, participate.  WE ARE THE PEOPLE


Jill Stein Green Party Presidential Candidate Skype to Illinois State Convention


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Jill Stein Green Party Presidential Candidate Skype to Illinois State Convention March 3, 2012
For more info about Jill Stein and the Green Party
The Green Party of the United States is a federation of state Green Parties. Committed to ecology, social justice grassroots democracy and non-violence, Greens are renewing democracy in the United States through community-based organizing without the support of corporate donors.
Greens provide real solutions for real problems. Whether the issue is universal health care, corporate globalization, alternative energy, election reform or decent, living wages for workers, Greens have the courage and independence necessary to take on the powerful corporate interests opposed to reform.
The Federal Elections Commission recognizes the Green Party of the United States as the official Green Party National Committee. The Green Party of the United States is also a member of the Federation of Green Parties of the Americas and the Global Greens.

Congressman Virgil Goode seeks Constitution Party Presidential Nomination

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Former Congressman, Virgil Goode of Virginia, addresses the 2012 Constitution Party National Convention at which he received the party's Presidential nomination.

We declare the platform of the Constitution Party to be predicated on the principles of
The Declaration of Independence,
The Constitution of the United States and
The Bill of Rights
According to the original intent of the Founding Fathers, these founding documents are the foundation of our Liberty and the Supreme Law of the Land.
The sole purpose of government, as stated in the Declaration of Independence, is to secure our unalienable rights given us by our Creator. When Government grows beyond this scope, it is usurpation, and liberty is compromised.
We believe the major issues we face today are best solved by a renewed allegiance to the original intent of these founding documents.


The American Third Position 

is a patriotic, democratic alternative to the two parties that have wrecked our great nation. The U.S. political system has been shaped by the corrupt, entrenched, nearly identical Democrat and Republican machines. They are united in their ruthless suppression of all “third” parties.
Parts of our beautiful country now resemble Third World communities in Latin America, Africa and Asia. White people are already a minority in many cities and counties, along with several states, both large and small. Without constructive political action, within a few decades we will become a minority across the entire country. Enough is enough!
The American Third Position Party believes that government policy in the United States discriminates against white Americans, the majority population, and that white Americans need their own political party to fight this discrimination.
The American Third Position Party believes that we should put America first!

Merlin Miller 2012

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Introducing Merlin Miller for President 2012 with running mate Virginia D. Abernethy.

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The Freedom Socialist Party is a working class organization composed of women and men of many races, nationalities, sexual orientations and ages who are fighting for a new, just social order that will serve the majority of the human race. In a time of environmental and economic crisis, perpetual war, high unemployment, immigrant scapegoating and rampant corporate theft, we reject despair and work collectively for a future cleansed of all oppression and violence. We agree with the advice offered by Eduardo Galeano, the Uruguayan socialist who wrote Open Veins of Latin America: “Save your pessimism for better times.”
FSP members are optimistic because we recognize that the best fighters for a new future are the resilient, harassed working class majority in this country. Nobody needs fundamental change in this corrupt, top-down economic and political system like we do.
Congress doesn’t bail us out, banks don’t cut us any slack if we fall behind on our bills, cops don’t look the other way, colleges don’t admit us without cash, insurance companies won’t give us medical coverage if we have a pre-existing condition, nobody helps us pay for childcare and Medicare doesn’t cover our “donut hole.”
All we need is one good socialist revolution in this country to turn this all around and put power in the hands of those who create wealth—working class folk like YOU.

Freedom Socialist Party Presidential Ticket 2012: Stephen Durham and Christina Lopez

January 29th, 2012

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In response to a rigged political system, New York City FSP Organizer Stephen Durham and feminist immigrant rights advocate Christina López are running a national write-in campaign. This election year, the Freedom Socialist Party (FSP) is running New Yorker Stephen Durham for U.S. president and Seattleite Christina López for vice president in an energetic   national write-in campaign.               Stephen Durham and Christina López
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Inroducing the FSP candidates:
Stephen Durham for president
Stephen Durham brings abundant experience and a generous heart to the electoral arena. Dedicated to changing conditions at their root, he is a lifelong radical in the best sense of the word.
In the 1970s and '80s Durham, now 64, was the Freedom Socialist Party (FSP) organizer in Los Angeles; he has since guided the New York City branch. 
Says Durham, 64, “The FSP ticket is a chance for people to vote not only against something, but for something. The campaign is thrilled to be giving people a way to send a strong protest message, find new kindred souls, and strengthen our organizing together for the future we want.”  “The Democratic and Republican parties have done nothing but cooperate in forcing workers and the poor to pay the costs of the Great Recession caused by the banks and Wall Street. President Obama may play to the crowd by criticizing the ‘bad apple’ corporations, as he did in his State of the Union address. But the facts show that the program of corporate coddling, which creates austerity for the masses, is completely bipartisan.”
Christina López for Vice President
Christina López is a dynamic, eloquent Chicana from the barrio in Phoenix, whose working-class family has roots in the Southwest that predate U.S. borders.
She has been an organizer since her youth. As a member of the Chicano student group MEChA, she worked against a racist English-only law in Arizona.
Vice presidential candidate López, 43, explains the campaign’s goals: “We are encouraging people to register a protest against both the unjust economic system and the rigged electoral process that keeps it in place. And we want to generate discussion and action around solutions for people’s immediate survival and for changing the system for good. We know it can be done!
We have great momentum from last year’s spirit of rebellion to build on.”

Had Enough
Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.

Frederick Douglass

Working together to solve America’s problems:

At no time in the last century have so few held so much of our nation's wealth, nor have our children faced less prosperity than their forebears.

The two-party system has failed us.

United States third party and independent presidential candidates, 2012

This article contains lists of official and prospective third party and independent candidates associated with the 2012 United States presidential election.

Americans Elect

Rocky Anderson

Former Mayor of Salt Lake City, of Utah(Website)
Rocky Anderson at MLK cropped.jpg On March 14, 2012, Anderson announced his candidacy for the presidential nomination of Americans Elect. He is also the nominee of the Justice Party.[1][2]
Laurence Kotlikoff

Economist, of Massachusetts(Website)
Kotlikoff.jpg In early January 2012, Kotlikoff announced his intentions to seek the presidential nomination of the advocacy group Americans Elect.[3] He filed with the FEC on January 12.[4]
Buddy Roemer

Former Governor of Louisiana(Website)
Buddy Roemer by Gage Skidmore.jpg On December 1, 2011, Roemer announced his candidacy for the presidential nomination of Americans Elect. He is also seeking the nomination of the Reform Party.[5][6]

Declined to run

American Third Position Party


Merlin Miller
Independent filmmaker from Tennessee(Website)
Merlin Miller.JPGMiller won the nomination of the American Third Position Party on January 12, 2012. Retired professor Virginia Abernethy was selected as his running mate.[8]

America's Party


Tom Hoefling

Political activist, of Iowa(Website
Replace this image male.svgHoefling won the nomination of America's Party at its online nominating convention held on February 18, 2012. J.D. Ellis of Tennessee is Hoefling's running mate.[9][10]

Boston Tea Party


Jim Duensing

Political activist and attorney, of Nevada(Website
Replace this image male.svgDuensing was nominated by the BTP in a special nomination convention held online in March–April of 2012.[11][12] Duensing's running mate is Kimberly Barrick of Arizona.

Constitution Party


Virgil Goode

Former U.S. Representative of Virginia(Website)
Rep Virgil Goode.jpg Goode filed with the FEC as a presidential candidate on February 10, 2012.[13] He told The Daily Caller on February 16 that he would seek the Constitution Party presidential nomination.[14][15] He won the nomination at the National Convention on April 21, and selected outgoing party chairman Jim Clymer as his running mate.[16]
  • Virginia State Senate, 1973–1997
  • United States House of Representatives, 1997–2009


Darrell Castle

Attorney from Tennessee
DCastle08.jpgCastle nominated himself as a candidate for the Constitution Party's presidential nomination at the 2012 National Convention. He said that several party delegates convinced him to run.[17] [18]
  • Constitution Party Vice presidential nominee, 2008
Laurie Roth

Radio talk show host, of Washington(Website)
Image is needed female.svgRoth announced her candidacy for the American Independent Party of California in November 2011.[19][20] She is running for the nomination of the Constitution Party as well.[21][22]
Robby Wells

Former Savannah State University football coach, of North Carolina(Website)
Robby Wells.PNG Wells announced his candidacy on November 21, 2011.[23][24] He later decided to seek the Reform Party's presidential nomination,[25] then switched to the Constitution Party.[26]

Declined to run

Freedom Socialist Party


Stephen Durham

Socialist feminist activist, of New York (Website)
Stephen Durham campaign portraitThe Freedom Socialist Party's write-in campaign by longtime community organizer and gay labor activist Stephen Durham, with vice-presidential running-mate Chicana feminist Christina López, was announced on January 31, 2012.[28][29]

Green Party

Roseanne Barr

Comedienne, of Hawaii. (Website)
Roseanne barr cropped.jpgBarr announced in August 2011 that she would run for President in 2012 as the nominee of a political party she intends to create, called the "Green Tea Party."[30] On January 25, 2012, she filed a declaration with the FEC.[31] Barr has submitted paperwork to the Green Party for her candidacy, and stated on February 2, 2012 that she is a longtime supporter of the Green Party.[32]
Kent Mesplay

Activist and air quality inspector, of California (Website)

Mesplay announced during an interview with Wikinews on June 29, 2008, that he was in the planning stages for a 2012 presidential campaign.[33] On May 24, 2011, he filed with the FEC as an official candidate for the Green Party nomination.[34]
Jill Stein

Physician, of Massachusetts(Website)


Jstein2010.jpgStein formally announced her candidacy on October 24, 2011. She indicated that a key point of her campaign will be her proposal for a "Green New Deal", which aims to provide energy-based public jobs for the unemployed.[35][36]


Stewart Alexander

Activist and 2008 Socialist Party USA vice-presidential nominee, of California
Wriststrong 3.jpgAlexander announced in August 2010 that he would seek the 2012 presidential nomination of the Green Party. Alexander also announced that he would seek the 2012 presidential nomination of the Socialist Party USA.[37][38]He withdrew his candidacy for the Green Party nomination in July 2011.[39]



The following people have been the focus of presidential speculation in past media reports, but have not recently signaled an interest in actually running. This gallery does not include people who have declined to run.

Justice Party


Rocky Anderson

Former Mayor of Salt Lake City, of Utah(Website)
Rocky Anderson at MLK cropped.jpg Anderson announced in November 2011 that he will run for president as the nominee of a newly formed political party, the Justice Party, of which he is a founding member.[45][46]

Libertarian Party


Gary Johnson

Former Governor of New Mexico(Website)
Garyjohnsonphoto - modified.jpg Johnson declared his candidacy for the Libertarian Party nomination on December 28, 2011 at a press conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico.[47] The announcement followed his withdrawal from his previous candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination, which he had announced on April 21, 2011.[48] Johnson won the nomination at the May 5, 2012 convention in Las Vegas on the first ballot. [49] Judge James P. Gray of California is his running mate.


R.J. Harris

Army Veteran, of Oklahoma(Website)
R.J. Harris.jpg Harris filed his candidacy for the Libertarian presidential nomination on August 24, 2011 to the FEC.[50] Harris received the endorsement of Ron Paul during his unsuccessful bid for the Republican nomination to US Congress District 4.[51]He withdrew his presidential candidacy in on April 11, 2012 and announced he would instead make a second run for the U.S. Congress.[52]
Carl Person

Attorney, of New York
Carl E. Person town attorney general attire.jpgPerson announced his candidacy for the Libertarian presidential nomination in June 2011.[53]
Sam Sloan

Chess player, publisher and writer from New York
Replace this image male.svgSloan announced his candidacy for the Libertarian presidential nomination in January 2012.[54][55]
Bill Still

Writer and documentary filmmaker, of Virginia(Website)
Replace this image male.svgStill announced his candidacy for the Libertarian presidential nomination on October 11, 2011 at KTKK radio in Salt Lake City, Utah.[56][57]
R. Lee Wrights

Author and Libertarian National Committee Member, of Texas (Website)
R. Lee Wrights August 2012.jpg Wrights announced his candidacy for the Libertarian presidential nomination on April 16, 2011 at the Libertarian Party of North Carolina’s annual convention in Hickory, North Carolina.[58]


The following people were the focus of presidential speculation in past media reports, but ultimately decided to not run.

Objectivist Party


Tom Stevens

Attorney and 2008 Objectivist Party presidential nominee, of New York
Replace this image male.svgStevens, the founder and chairman of the Objectivist Party, was unanimously selected as the party's nominee by its delegates at the party's National Convention in May 2010. He filed his candidacy with the FEC in June 2011.[64][65] Alden Link of New York is Stevens' running mate.

Party for Socialism and Liberation


Peta Lindsay

Anti-war activist from Pennsylvania
Peta Lindsay.jpg Lindsay received the nomination of the Party for Socialism and Liberation in November 2011.[66][67]

Prohibition Party


Jack Fellure

Perennial candidate, of West Virginia
Jack Fellure.jpg Fellure filed with the FEC as a Republican Party presidential nominee on November 5, 2008.[68] At the Prohibition Party National Convention on June 22, 2011, he received the party's presidential nomination.[69]


James Hedges

Former Thompson Township Tax Assessor of Pennsylvania
Jimhedges.jpg Hedges announced in February 2010 that he would seek the 2012 presidential nomination of the Prohibition Party.[70][71] He was defeated for the nomination by Jack Fellure at the Party's National Covention in June 2011.[69]

Reform Party USA

Andre Barnett

Businessman and fitness model, of New York (Website)
Replace this image male.svgBarnett announced his candidacy on May 6, 2011.[72][73]
Buddy Roemer

Former Governor of Louisiana(Website)
Buddy Roemer by Gage Skidmore.jpgRoemer withdrew from the Republican Party race on February 23, 2012, and announced he would seek the nomination of the Reform Party along with Americans Elect.[74]


Robert David Steele

Open-source intelligence advocate, of Virginia(Website)
Robert David Steele 001.jpgSteele filed with the FEC to run as a Reform Party presidential candidate on December 16, 2011.[75][76] He withdrew from the race on February 23.[77]
Robby Wells

Former Savannah State University football coach, of North Carolina(Website)
Robby Wells.PNGWells announced his candidacy on November 21, 2011.[78][79] He later decided to seek the Reform Party's presidential nomination,[80] then switched to the Constitution Party.[81]

Socialist Equality Party


Jerry White

Journalist and 1996 and 2008 Socialist Equality Party presidential nominee, of Michigan(Website)
Replace this image male.svgWhite was announced as the Socialist Equality Party candidate in February 2012.[82][83]

Socialist Party USA


Stewart Alexander

Activist and 2008 Socialist Party USA vice-presidential nominee, of California (Website)
Wriststrong 3.jpg Alexander announced in July 2010 that he would seek the 2012 presidential nomination of the Socialist Party USA (SPUSA).[37][38] In October 2011, he received the formal nomination of the SPUSA at the Party's National Convention in Los Angeles, California.[84][85]


Randy Blythe

Vocalist and songwriter, of Virginia
Randy Blythe.jpgBlythe announced his candidacy for president in January 2012.[86][87]
Robert Burck

Street performer, of New York (Website)
Robert Burck.jpgBurck, better known as the Naked Cowboy, initially announced his intentions to run for President on September 29, 2010,[88] before formally declaring his candidacy at a press conference in New York City's Times Square on October 6, 2010.[89][90][91] Burck proclaimed “I am not a Republican, I am not a Democrat, I am an American is my goal and intention to lead the Tea Party to the office of the presidency.”[92]
Terry Jones

senior pastor of Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida (Website)
Pastor Terry Jones before the March.jpgJones announced October 27, 2011 that he was running for President.[93][94] He filed with the FEC on the same day, and listed "NPA" for his party affiliation.[95]
Joe Schriner

Journalist, author, and perennial presidential candidate, of Ohio(Website)
Replace this image male.svgThe day after the 2008 presidential election, Schriner recorded a podcast declaring his candidacy for the 2012 presidential election, stating that it would be his final campaign.[96][97] This is Schriner's fourth consecutive bid for the presidency.



The following people have been the focus of presidential speculation in past media reports, but have not recently signaled an interest in actually running as independents. This gallery does not include people who have declined to run.

Declined to run

The following candidates have stated they do not plan to run in the 2012 presidential election. However, some candidates in past elections have denied intentions to run and later entered into those races:
Michael R Bloomberg.jpgMayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg
(Draft movement)
Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City. Following months of speculation that he was preparing to mount an independent bid for the presidency in 2012, Bloomberg unequivocally ruled out the possibility in late 2010: "I am not running for president. I couldn't be clearer about that." When later asked if he would change his mind, he replied, "No way, no how".[109][110]
Lou Dobbs.jpgBroadcast journalist Lou DobbsLou Dobbs, broadcast journalist and commentator, of New Jersey. Following his resignation from CNN in late 2009, Dobbs expressed interest in waging a possible independent bid for the presidency in 2012.[111][112] When asked in April 2011, following his hiring by the Fox Business Network as a news anchor and commentator, if he still harbored any political aspirations, Dobbs replied: "Not at all. It’s true that I considered political office last year [....] but my wife and I decided that’s not something for us."[113][114]
Bernie Sanders.jpgSenator Bernie SandersBernie Sanders, Senator, of Vermont. Responding to speculation that he would either challenge President Barack Obama in the primaries from the left or mount an independent presidential campaign in 2012, Sanders said: "You will be the first to know: ain't gonna do it."[115]

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