Not Vote For Stein, Goode Or Johnson?
Third-Party Candidates Could Spell Trouble for Obama,
Third-party candidates Gary Johnson, Virgil Goode, Jr., and
Jill Stein are running for president and will appear on some
ballots in November.
By William Callahan
October 17, 2012 "Information
- Mitt Romney and Barack Obama are locked in a
tight race for the presidency and polls show them in a
virtual tie in Virginia, but residents will see three others
candidates' names on the ballot come Election Day.
and Romney will share the Nov. 6 ballot with:
Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, a
former governor of New Mexico
Constitution Party candidate Virgil Goode, Jr.,
a former Virginia congressman
Green Party candidate Jill Stein, a
doctor from Massachusetts
candidates’ chances of taking the Oval Office are slim, but
they could siphon votes from Romney and Obama. In a
battleground state like Virginia, that could make a
difference in voting totals, some pundits say.
Johnson, who governed New Mexico from 1995 to 2003, supports
scaling back federal spending by trillions of dollars, and
supports gay marriage and the legalization of marijuana.
Although he entered the presidential race as a Republican,
some of his more controversial views made him divisive in
the party. The Libertarian Party nominated him in May.
Johnson, 59, is officially on the ballot in 47 states and
the District of Columbia, and legal proceedings are under
way to get him on the remaining three.
Johnson had 4 percent of Virginia’s vote in an Oct. 7 poll.
Obama and Romney have 48 percent and 44 percent,
respectively, with 2 percent of voters undecided.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus
recently told CNN that he viewed Johnson as a “non-factor”
in the election, arguing that voters won’t recognize him.
Thursday that Johnson is
being touted over Obama by progressive writer
Johnson has been going after Ron Paul supporters. An August
poll of 13,000 Paul supporters showed that
66 percent would vote for Johnson.
he was elected governor in New Mexico, Johnson took his
skills as a handyman and applied them to a construction
business, which he expanded and sold for millions of dollars
Johnson, Virgil Goode, 65, also has experience in politics
and public office. The Virginia native served as a member of
the House of Representatives in the Commonwealth’s 5th
District from 1997 to 2009.
was elected to Congress as a Democrat, but switched to the
Republican Party in 2000.
According to the Washington Post,
Republican officials worry that Goode’s candidacy could also
take votes from Romney and want Goode to drop out.
doesn’t look like that’s going to happen.
In a recent interview with Salon.com, Goode said he
doesn’t think he’ll be taking many votes from Romney.
Instead, he believes he offers an alternative to Republicans
who were considering voting for Obama or not at all.
An Oct. 7 poll by Public Policy Polling
reports that Goode currently has 1 percent of Virginia’s
Post reports that Goode supports closing the
deficit and promoting his policy to stop issuing green cards
to immigrants until unemployment is under 5 percent. He is
also opposed to amnesty for illegal immigrants.
Party candidate Jill Stein, 62, has no prior governing
experience, having lost in the 2002 and 2010 Massachusetts
a doctor in Lexington, Mass., has campaigned at Occupy
protest locations across the country.
still working to get on ballots in six U.S. states,
championing her idea of a “New Green Deal.” Stein claims
that just as Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal brought
the nation out of the Great Depression of the 1930s, so too
will her “Green New Deal” bring America “out of crisis” and
closer to sustainability. The
program promotes using new green technologies and the
reforming the financial sector.
Oct. 7, Public Policy Polling showed that Stein had zero
percent of voters, but her name will still be on the ballot
Johnson, Goode and Stein will all participate in a third
party presidential debate on Oct. 23 at 9 p.m.
To watch the debate,
go to freeandequal.org/live.
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Copyright © 2012 Patch
Continues Crusade to Keep Libertarians Off the Ballot
By Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
October 17, 2012 "The New American" - - In August, the
Republican Party establishment
violated its own rules by disenfranchising Ron Paul supporters
and squelching dissenting voices now and in the future in order
to assure the nomination of Mitt Romney for president.
Election Day draws near, the same coterie of kingmakers has set
their sights on the ballots in all 50 states, filing legal
challenges to the presence of third-party candidates that might
siphon off voters in the tight race for the White House.
candidate targeted for ballot exclusion is former New Mexico
Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party’s candidate
registering “only a blip in the polls,” Johnson’s name
recognition and national prominence is rising and his name will
appear on the ballot in every state except Michigan and
crescendo must worry the Republican Party, although Reince
Priebus, the national Republican Party chairman, is quoted in a
New York Times article calling Johnson a “nonfactor.”
The Times also quotes Danny Diaz, a spokesman for the
Romney campaign, saying that their campaign’s sole focus was on
defeating President Obama and that “voters understand the stakes
are high, and if they want to change the trajectory of this
country, they’ll vote for Romney.”
this official disregard of Johnson, the lawsuits continue being
filed. Recently, Johnson and the party he represents scored a
significant courtroom victory when a judge in Pennsylvania ruled
that four Libertarian Party candidates —
including Johnson — may remain on the ballot in
Pennsylvania. This put an end to an attempt by the Keystone
State’s Republican Party to block the country’s largest third
party from keeping spots on the November ballot.
Perhaps the urgency to keep conservatives and libertarians from
having the option of choosing someone other than Mitt Romney
comes from the fact that if opinion polls are a reliable
every vote will count in November.
example, the results of
a recent Real Clear Politics poll show that with regard to
the electoral college count, Romney trails President Obama by
201 to 146 electoral votes. Such a narrow margin leaves little
room for the Romney camp to disregard third-party politicians
that appeal to the more libertarian wing that traditionally
votes for the GOP in presidential elections.
New York Times article from October 14 reported on
Republican machinations around the country to prevent Johnson or
others from siphoning voters from the Romney tally.
Rutenberg of the Times writes:
The fear of Mr. Johnson’s
tipping the outcome in an important state may explain why an
aide to Mr. Romney ran what was effectively a surveillance
operation into Mr. Johnson’s efforts over the summer to qualify
for the ballot at the Iowa State Fair, providing witnesses to
testify in a lawsuit to block him that ultimately fizzled.
Libertarians suspect it is
why Republican state officials in Michigan blocked Mr. Johnson
from the ballot after he filed proper paperwork three minutes
after his filing deadline.
And it is why Republicans
in Pennsylvania hired a private detective to investigate his
ballot drive in Philadelphia, appearing at the homes of paid
canvassers and, in some cases, flashing an F.B.I. badge — he was
a retired agent — while asking to review the petitions they
gathered at $1 a signature, according to testimony in the case
The challenge in
Pennsylvania, brought by state Republican Party officials who
suspected that Democrats were secretly helping the effort to get
Mr. Johnson on the ballot, was shot down in court last week,
bringing to 48 the number of states where Mr. Johnson will
compete on Nov. 6.
Johnson isn’t the only thorn in Mitt Romney’s side, however.
Virgil Goode is running for president under the banner of the
Constitution Party, and he will be on the ballot in Virginia
and 28 other states.
the Libertarian Party fought to keep their place on the ballot
in Pennsylvania, on August 21,
the Constitution Party withdrew their petition to get on the
ballot in Pennsylvania. According to
a story published online by Philadelphia Weekly,
“the decision came after multiple warnings of the court costs by
attorneys for the Republican Party, who have challenged the
Constitution and Libertarian parties’ ballot petitions.”
running mate on the
Constitution Party’s presidential ticket is Pennsylvania
attorney James Clymer.
challenge represented a monolithic establishment party which is
intent on denying people the opportunity to vote for anyone who
might criticize it from a limited government,
non-interventionist perspective,” Clymer told Philadelphia
Weekly. “It used its almost limitless resources to take
advantage of laws designed by Republicans and Democrats to make
sure no other party has a place at the election table and court
decisions that have supported raising the hurdles a third party
has to jump over to get to a general election,” he added.
Republicans are determined to win the White House, and throwing
up roadblocks is just part of the game plan.
Gleason, the chairman of the Pennsylvania Republican Party, made
just that point in a statement quoted in the New York Times
piece. “‘This election will be close — if you remember, Bush
lost by only something like 143,000 votes in 2004,’ said Mr.
Gleason, noting that his party has managed to disqualify tens of
thousands of Libertarian signatures. ‘So we play the game hard
part, Johnson is ready for the rumble and paints the two-party
scheme as nothing more than “a debate between Coke and Pepsi.”
issue of Medicare,” he is quoted in the New York Times.
“Both parties are arguing over who is going to spend more money
on Medicare when we should be having a raging debate in this
country over how we’re going to cut Medicare.”
commitment to a smaller government has attracted many former
supporters of Ron Paul to his camp. Paul, the iconic 12-term
congressman from Texas, is the figurehead of a revolution that
continues growing in numbers. While Paul has indicated he will
not run for president as a third-party candidate, he
consistently refuses to endorse Mitt Romney,
telling CNBC that there is essentially no difference between
the two major parties. “I've been in this business a long time
and believe me, there is essentially no difference from one
administration to another, no matter what the platforms [say].
The foreign policy stays the same, the monetary policy stays the
same, there's no proposal for any real cuts and both parties
support it,” Paul said.
because of this plain spoken, principle-above-party philosophy,
it is no wonder that
in an interview with Fox Business channel, Paul promoted the
prospects of third-party options, including an oblique reference
to Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson. "There
are other people who are technically capable of winning because
they're on a lot of ballots," Paul said.
Johnson, for example," the interviewer asked.
Paul replied, stopping short of an express endorsement.
Ron Paul was the name at the top of the Libertarian Party
presidential ticket. In that election, Paul’s name appeared on
the ballot in 46 states. He
finished third in the popular vote count with 432,179 votes
is an eon in political chronology and Gary Johnson has a long
way to go and a short time to get there. He needs to get the
word out and start poaching libertarians, independents, and
conservatives off the Romney reservation.
this run, Johnson has the help of Roger Stone, described as a
“longtime Republican operative.” Stone is determined to convince
Republicans to abandon the party’s pre-determined candidate and
side with a man who has the conservative bona fides they would
prefer in a president.
How is the
plan going? According to the New York Times:
The Miami Herald
and The Tampa Bay Times have measured [Johnson’s]
support at about 1 percent — far more than the 537-vote margin
that was ultimately deemed to have separated Mr. Bush from Mr.
Gore in 2000.
of the upward trajectory of his support nationwide, Johnson did
not appear Tuesday night at the second presidential debate.
Given the tight-fisted control of those who financially support
both major parties, there is little chance that anyone
courageous enough to openly challenge that hegemony ever will.
in his commentary on the first televised presidential debate,
Johnson’s remarks reveal why many Ron Paul backers may pull the
lever for the Libertarian Party in November. Said Johnson of the
We didn’t see a debate
tonight. We saw two slightly differing versions of defending the
Republican and Democrat status quo that has given us war after
war after war, a $16 trillion debt, and a government that is the
answer to everything. Nowhere was there a real plan for reducing
government, balancing the budget any time in the foreseeable
future, or a path that will actually put Americans back to work.
of frankness will keep Johnson out of the debates, keep the GOP
on his case, and keep his poll numbers rising.
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